The 54-year-old coach came to New York a winner as a former Stanley Cup champion. He'll leave the Big Apple as a disgraced and fiery bench boss that some now view as a star-player killer. Torts became just as notorious for his postgame scrums with reporters as he was for the job he did as coach of the Rangers.
He was consistently short and rude with the media personnel assigned to cover his team, providing plenty of fodder for YouTube and Twitter. Here are some of his best moments caught on film during his time in New York.
Believe it or not, these videos are riddled with bad language. NSFW cursing.
You can't watch an NHL game on television without witnessing some fans yelling at the visiting team on the bench, only to be met with no reaction whatsoever. When those same fans dump a beer on an opposing coach, however, they'll receive the attention that they were so desperately craving.
There might not be a coach in the NHL that both loathes and relishes these "Inside the Glass" segments more than John Tortorella. This wasn't the first time he drew attention with a remark he made to Pierre McGuire, and it wouldn't be the last.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post always seemed to be out to irritate John Tortorella—if that was the case, then he did a darn good job of it. Brooks was there to interview, but on some nights things were reduced to verbal fisticuffs between reporter and coach.
Two points go to Pierre McGuire for being quick with the mute button on his mic. His itchy trigger finger likely saved his station several hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Torts had too much time to think about this one. Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks said some not-so-nice things about the New York Rangers. He called them "soft," which is a dirty, dirty word in hockey. Needless to say, the coach of the Rangers didn't take the comments lightly.
New York reporters were never able to pry any information from Torts when it came to lineups or injuries. Yet for more than four years, they continued to pepper him with questions about those very things.
Torts says what we're all thinking when it comes to cell phones. Except we're usually just trying to get some peace and quiet in a coffee shop, not give a live interview on television. How fast did that reporter's stomach drop when he heard his phone go off in the middle of this press conference? Sheesh.
Torts won't likely have any interest in a position with the Pittsburgh Penguins, nor will the Pens likely be giving him a call. Some of the most candid comments ever caught on camera.
Paired with the benching of Brad Richards, these comments about Carl Hagelin likely spelled the end for Torts in New York. The now infamous "he stinks" comment made a lot of front pages and caused quite a bit of fallout.
Torts was always crass with reporters, so it's tough to imagine what he was like with his own team. The HBO series 24/7 gave fans a look at the man in the locker room, and it's likely that these types of speeches were the norm.
Nothing like dropping the GD-bomb on a national network at 3 p.m. on a Saturday, eh Torts?