John Tortorella: "I Deserved To Get Fired"

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… » 2/13/15 3:25pm 2/13/15 3:25pm

Canucks Owner Texts Reporter: "You Are A Prick"

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… » 4/09/14 1:43pm 4/09/14 1:43pm

Not Content Merely To Win, The Bruins Are Traumatizing Franchises

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… » 6/08/13 9:06pm 6/08/13 9:06pm

NBC Learns What Happens When You Interview Torts During The Game

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. » 5/19/13 5:02pm 5/19/13 5:02pm

Some Poor Bastard's Cell Phone Went Off During John Tortorella's Press Conference, And Torts Was Not Happy

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… » 5/15/12 10:10am 5/15/12 10:10am

The Rangers And Devils Had Three Fights At The Opening Faceoff

When the Rangers and Devils met in Newark in December, John Tortorella, as the visiting coach, elected to start his fourth line bruisers. There was a fight two seconds after the faceoff. Last night's rematch was at MSG, so Devils coach Pete DeBoer had first crack of setting a lineup. He went with his fighters, Ryan… » 3/20/12 9:25am 3/20/12 9:25am