New York Rangers

John Tortorella, This is Exactly What I was Talking About

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 12:  Head coach John Tortorella of the Tampa Bay Lightning smiles during play against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 12, 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Devils won the game 5-3.  (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
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New York Hockey DailyContributor IMarch 28, 2010

Yesterday I had a little rant about Rangers' head coach John Tortorella and the lack of accountability within the Rangers' organization. So when the Rangers lost in overtime for the seventh time this season, their OT record is now 1-7, it would only be natural to expect reporters to ask about the problem.

Tortorella’s response : “I’m not going to explain it to you.”

That’s exactly what I was talking about. The Rangers have a head coach who, despite his background in the media, fails to understand the job they’re doing. The team has been pathetic in overtime situations and they lost another important game in overtime. If the reporters don’t ask about it, they’re not doing their jobs.

But what does Tortorella care? He thinks he doesn’t need to answer any questions he doesn’t feel like or even bother being civil with reporters at all because well, he doesn’t have to. This is an organization that from the top down just doesn’t care about the media or the fans.

The fans don’t like the coach's decisions, who cares? The fans don’t like the general manager’s decisions, who cares? The fans don’t like that the owner is sitting back and allowing an unpopular GM constantly run a mediocre organization, who cares? Tortorella doesn’t and neither do Glen Sather or James Dolan.

Unfortunately for us, we’ve cared for too long to just give up, but it does make you wonder just how much longer we are going to stick around to watch this sideshow act.

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