All those Blue Jackets players shouldering the blame for their historically woeful start? All that about Columbus seeking to make a trade before considering a coaching change? Everything about John Tortorella not having been contacted by struggling teams? Hooey. Todd Richards has been fired, and Torts is back, baby!
USA Hockey named John Tortorella the head coach of the 2016 U.S. World Cup team on Monday, and set up a conference call with Torts and the media today. These teleconferences between coaches and reporters are commonplace, and the call-in number is usually well guarded. That was not the case with this particular call.
John Tortorella lasted just one season in Vancouver—a disastrous tailspin of a season so increasingly toxic, there's now not a single person on earth willing to deny that he had to go. Torts has rejoined society, sounding refreshed and sanguine in a Tampa Bay radio appearance earlier today, and he's realistic about…
At today's Canucks post-mortem press conference, TSN's Farhan Lalji got things started off on the right foot by calling coach John Tortorella "Mike." Torts then bestowed Lalji with his own pet name.
The thing about the germinating disaster in Vancouver is that it shouldn't even be a big deal. The Canucks will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and that's OK—it's the natural cycle of hockey that a team can't be good forever. The Canucks still have talent, they have money to spend, and if things will…
It took only two seconds into tonight's Flames-Canucks game for total madness. After the opening puck dropped, every player on the ice—but the goalies—paired up and threw punches.
The Boston Bruins will welcome the winner of the Chicago-L.A. series to the Stanley Cup Final because of their utter dismantling of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In that series, the Bruins were able to stonewall a Pittsburgh team that won 75 percent of its regular season games and led the league in scoring by a healthy…
Dave Lozo used to write for NHL.com. He doesn't anymore, so he's free to tell you exactly what it was like to cover the Rangers for four years under John Tortorella. Spoiler alert: scary at first, then almost pathetic.
One person who could not be happier that John Tortorella got fired? Well, OK, Larry Brooks, but Sean Avery too. [NY Post]
Take note, reporters. This is how you announce breaking news:
After four and a half seasons of halfway decent hockey (which included a Eastern Conference No. 1 seed in 2012 and a 19-25 playoff record overall), the New York Rangers have canned head coach John Tortorella.
Wait...is that even legal?
We don't know why TV networks insist on trying to interview coaches while games are in action—Fox baseball broadcasts, you're the worst culprit—but when NBC's Pierre McGuire tried to get a few words from Rangers chief John Tortorella during today's game against the Bruins, he got one more than he bargained for.
Every high schooler has their inside jokes. But this being John Tortorella, we can only assume each one is a reference to strangling hobos.
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John Tortorella's press conferences are the stuff of legend: tense, terse legend. At least from the media side, they're more amusing than hostile. But there's going to come a day when the Rangers aren't winning, and the scribes are going to refer to their mental tally of all the times Torts bullied or humiliated…