NY Rangers: 4 Reasons the Media Will Try to Fire John Tortorella in 2012-13

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NY Rangers: 4 Reasons the Media Will Try to Fire John Tortorella in 2012-13
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Tort's cracking his knuckles waiting for Larry Brooks.

John Tortorella became a focal point of media attention during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs because of his brevity when answering questions and his penchant for a shot-blocking style of defense.

Is there anything wrong with either?

Members of the media don't always ask hard-hitting questions that spark true insight into a team's well-being, and often, they just ask any question that will get the coach/player talking, preferably in an irritated way that will produce a good sound bite.

Listen to the obnoxious question Adam Scott faced after he blew the Open Championship back in July.

Many coaches understand that acquiescing to idiotic questions is part of the job description, and they often become politicians during interviews, giving catchphrase-filled answers that won't offend anyone but also don't reveal anything.

However, a lot of reporters do ask intelligent questions that go unanswered because the answer would reveal something about the game plan. In these situations, most coaches will say something related to the question, but not fully answer it, again flipping the politician switch.

This is the difference between most coaches and John Tortorella. Torts will tell you in as few words as possible if he isn't going to answer a question.

Whenever the NHL season starts, Torts will face perhaps more questions from the press than any other coach because of where his teams plays and their expectations for this upcoming season.

If the quick-to-overreact New York media doesn't like his answers, they may be calling for his job early and often.

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