Ah, gotcha. He did get a solid performance in Richards' first season, though Gaborik always saw a dip. In general though first line forwards see a pretty big dip in the post-season, due to match-ups and improved defending over the course of a season. I don't know what happened with Richards getting 1 point in 10 games but that basically killed Torts. Tortorella's championship team was extremely top-heavy in production though, as he got stellar performances out of Richards, St Louis, and Modin, and very solid showings from Lecavalier, Andreychuk and Fedotenko - basically the top 6 clearly carried the load for that team.Boston Canucker wrote:
Sorry, I should have been clearer. I meant in the playoffs. AV's regular season teams were not the issue, it was the playoffs as we know (except for 2011). I didn't see Torts getting the most out of his big guys in the playoffs.
(As an aside I think its awesome that when looking at old stats and box scores I can actually reference a championship season with Torts, instead of trying to identify the least disappointing season of AV's)
Amen, brother!I will enjoy him snapping at Gallagher and Botch, won't mind that a bit.
I noticed Botchford's drivel getting tons of re-tweets from virtually every TSN reporter, so I suspect he may wind up there now that he's left the TEAM.