John Tortorella

John Tortorella doesn’t care much for hype


When last we saw the Rangers and Devils facing off, there were fights three seconds into the game and head coaches John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer were busy sniping at each other through the press. Now that they’re facing off in the Eastern Conference finals, Tortorella’s tune has changed just a bit.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News hears it from the Rangers coach about how he hopes his team has put all that stuff behind them and isn’t getting caught up in the hype.

“I’m not too interested in and I hope the team isn’t too interested in getting caught up in all the sideshows as far as Jersey-New York Rangers,” said Tortorella, who critiqued the “crappy setup” of his press conference on Sunday and labeled NHL hockey “a game of Ping-Pong” since the red line was removed before wrapping up after 10 minutes.

“I think it’s great for the area don’t get me wrong,” Tortorella said of the Battle of the Hudson between the Rangers and Devils, “but we have to concentrate on who we are and what we have to do.”

No word yet if Tortorella got those pesky neighbor kids off his lawn or not.

It’s amusing to see Tortorella get focused for the start of the series (Game 1 is tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN) after the way the regular season ended between these two teams. If he’s banking on the talk to be minimized though, he’s going to be sorely disappointed/angrier about things.

Check it out: John Tortorella press conference mash-up

John Tortorella

Courtesy CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada (by way of sports audio mixmaster DJ Steve Porter) comes “Next Question” featuring John Tortorella:

Not 100 percent sure, but I think the video is actually longer than the sum of Torts’ pressers this postseason.

Highlights from John Tortorella’s predictably feisty press conference

John Tortorella

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella’s press conferences have become a thing of considerable amusement, from their Cliff Notes lengths to the awkward tension in the air. After a notably flat performance from his team in a 2-1 Game 6 loss, one expected another bitter one – and Torts didn’t disappoint.

Really, his assessment of the Rangers’ unproductive power play following another high-sticking minor probably captured his mood for the game as whole.

“It sucked,” Tortorella said. “It kills you. It sucks.”

When asked about Derek Stepan’s performance, Tortorella briskly declined to discuss any single player’s work. He simply said “No” when asked if the Rangers generated the right kind of effort in Game 6. Perhaps most memorably, he harshly responded to a strategy question from Pat Leonard by saying “Stop coaching, Pat.”

Ultimately, words can only do much to capture the uncomfortable glory of this press conference, so check out video of the full (and short) bit below.