herb wrote:As long as Tortorella doesn’t start dragging players through the mud publicly, I am fine with his hiring.
The consensus is that Torts is a tough but fair coach, which I think is just what the doctor ordered for this group. Tortorella being more involved in the dressing room will be a welcome change from the way AV handled the team from a distance. I also think Torts’ intensity behind the bench will be a welcome change from the laid back Vigneault.
Boston Canucker wrote:Beyond that, my issue with Torts is that he wore his own team down (this is also the issue with the many Rangers fans I know, who got tired of the shotblocking and the tight reigns on the offensive players), and that despite the fact that he had enough offensive talent to expect more production, his team's PP and offense was, to say the least, underwhelming.
Most Rangers fans I know really feel that they should have beaten the Devils last year, but among the many things that kept that from happening, one was the view that Deboer outcoached Tortorella. I'm always suspicious of the whole "outcoached" thing, but I do agree that that was a winnable series for the Rangers.
ESQ wrote:I definitely didn't follow the Rags close enough to know something like that. Though with the Rangers up 2-1 with home-ice and losing in 6, I was reminded of the first two Chicago series.
It sounds like that series may have been a turning point for Torts' tenure in New York, and he was skating on thin ice with fans (and possibly players) after that. After the similar point in AV's tenure with playoff disappointment and under-performance (back-to-back defeats by Chicago), the GM got canned not the coach.
ORCA wrote:Well, I got my wish.
Now we'll see if it was the right thing to hope for.
I am excited to see him push players (most intrigueingly the Sedins) and let them play their way out of a slump, rather than blow up every line multiple times and somehow mathematically exhaust combinations throughout the season. I have a funny feeling we will see the second coming of Ryan Kesler this season. He was a firecracker under Torts for Team USA.
I am not excited for media antics and the natural tendency of Canuck fans to "poke" the hornet's nest. He will be under a microscope for sure....but that microscope should be over Gillis instead. If he does not settle the goaltending "issue", and have success improving the team's physical presence in a big way between now and october, he will have already failed the season.
Hockey Widow wrote: Torts can be maniacal when it comes to line juggling. If we thought AV was bad I think we will be in for a disappointment when it comes to Torts.