To commemorate his firing, here are some of John Tortorella’s greatest hits (video)
Amid the coverage of the fallout related to the somewhat quick but not altogether surprising dismissal of John Tortorella by the New York Rangers, the New York Daily News compiled a montage of some of the former head coach’s best tantrums during his four-plus-season tenure as the always-fiery presence behind the team’s bench.
Tortorella frequently could be combative, churlish and cantankerous — with his players but especially with the media — but he was always entertaining, never afraid to speak his mind and act rashly, behavior which it could be argued finally got the best of him, as it is now being reported in the aftermath of his termination that “multiple players” wanted him gone.
So, let’s take a quick look back at some Torts’ greatest hits.
From an April 24, 2009 game against the Washington Capitals, when Tortorella got into an altercation involving a water bottle with a Caps fan seated behind the bench:
Yeah, Torts was suspended for Game 6 of the first-round playoff series by the NHL for those antics.
Here’s Tortorella from Jan. 21, 2010, going after a New York columnist in his defense of Wade Redden and how the defenseman defended teammates before a game, asking the journalist, “Have you ever fought before? … You were probably beat up (at) the bus stop most of the time.”
Finally, in a statement that might have been the straw that broke the camel’s proverbial back as it relates to the support of his players, here’s Tortorella on May 18, 2013, explaining why Carl Hagelin didn’t play on the Rangers’ power play by saying, “Because he stinks on the power play.”
Please, some NHL team just has to hire this guy. And fast. The NHL won’t be the same without him.