NHL fines John Tortorella $30K for “disgusting” comments

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John Tortorella apologized for his critiques of the Winter Classic officiating, but the NHL decided to hit him back in the wallet. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the league’s fine will make him $30,000 lighter.

Unlike the NHL’s many dirty hitters, it’s likely that Torts will learn from his lesson – or at least keep his zebra abuse to when he’s on the bench and not in front of the press.

Something tells us that this won’t keep him from being one of the most reliable sources for colorful quotes and flamboyant displays of boiling rage, though.

(And yes, we cannot wait to see how this whole scenario translates to the final episode of HBO 24/7’s coverage, either.)

Update: Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy points out this interesting quote from Colin Campbell, which was eventually removed from NHL.com.

“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” Campbell said. “People can disagree with calls by officials on the ice, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Tortorella did.”

Innnteresting.

John Tortorella doesn’t care much for stat keepers

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Even after seeing his team shutout the rival Islanders, Rangers coach John Tortorella can take exception with something.

This time around, Tortorella had choice words for the folks keeping stats during last night’s game. Rangers forward Brian Boyle was credited with just one blocked shot in the game after absorbing more rubber than Henrik Lundqvist did in pitching a shutout.

After the game, Tortorella sounded off to Katie Strang of ESPN New York about the lack of credit his guys got on the stat sheet.

“The league stats are ridiculous. Brian Boyle probably blocked four or five shots, he’s down for one. They shouldn’t even give us those sheets,” Tortorella said.

Both Boyle and Anton Stralman shined during a second period flurry that saw the Islanders threaten to score but come up empty thanks to their efforts. Even worse still, you can’t even blame the lack of stats on it being a homer scorekeeper as the game was at Madison Square Garden.

If you’re carrying a pen and a clipboard around John Tortorella these days, we’d suggest treading very lightly until this passes.

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Expect to see this John Tortorella meltdown on HBO

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New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin collided with Dallas Stars newbie goalie Richard Bachman, leading to a highly questionable charging penalty on Hagelin. ESPN New York’s Katie Strang reports that Rangers head coach John Tortorella had a simple message for Hagelin when he got back to the bench: “Do it again.”

“I told him to do it again,” Tortorella said. “The goalie charged him. The goalie’s out 20 feet and [Hagelin] is going after the puck. That’s his job. So I said ‘Do it again’.”

OK, Torts said that to Hagelin, but what did he say to the officials who called that penalty? Well, let’s put it this way: if you have children who can read lips, then don’t let them watch this video. (H/T to @agentsmith):

This is probably a convenient time to mention that HBO 24/7 premieres tomorrow

John Tortorella conducted another classic John Tortorella presser

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The New York Rangers played a fairly important game against the Montreal Canadiens last night (which they won, 5-3.) It was Sean Avery’s regular-season debut and their chance to win three straight for the first time this year.

Understandably, head coach John Tortorella wasn’t in much of a speaking mood prior to the contest.

But he did have to speak, mostly to address the acquisition of D Anton Stralman and news that both Wojtek Wolski and Mike Rupp had been placed on IR.

So Torts spoke. For 43 seconds.

Here’s the full, scintillating transcript of what he had to say!

Reporter: “What does Stralman bring to the club?”

Torts: “Who?”

Reporter: “Your new defenseman.”

Tortorella: “No idea.”

Reporter: “Do you have any idea when he’ll be available?”

Tortorella: (Shakes head)

Reporter: “Any other news on Rupp?”

Tortorella: “Nope.”

Reporter: “Is he on IR?”

Tortorella: “I have no idea.”

Reporter: “How about Wolski’s MRI from yesterday?”

Tortorella: “I have no idea.”

Reporter: “Alright let’s try this one, do you know where Sean is going to start on?”

Tortorella: “No idea.”

Reporter: “What’s your Mom’s birthday?”

Tortorella (smiles): “I have no idea.”

This isn’t the first time Torts has been abrupt with the media. It took him all of 16 seconds to sum up New York’s 2-0 loss to Edmonton last month and he once walked away from a presser when asked about John Tavares. One might be inclined to complain about Tortorella’s behavior, but one must remember that when Torts is going, he’s one of the best quotes in hockey.

This paradox was best summed up on Twitter by The Hockey News’ Rory Boylen:

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John Tortorella: “We sucked from head to toe”

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Rangers coach John Tortorella isn’t always the sweetest guy in post-game press conferences. I know, shocking news there, but after the Rangers’ 2-0 loss to Edmonton, instead of blowing up at a reporter to two Tortorella kept it simple.

Brutally simple. (Video at MSG website)

If you can’t see the video, here’s your verbal gold.

“This is gonna be really quick. I am not taking any questions. We sucked from head to toe and we need to move by it. So I’m not going to dissect with you guys. I know you have to do your job, but I’m not answering any questions. OK?”

We’re being blessed by wonderful post-game quotes from coaches. It was Barry Trotz a few days ago with his rear-end-reaming rant against his Predators and now Tortorella gets in on the act here.

One thing that we were already excited about just shot up the ladder concerning Tortorella: The Rangers’ appearances on HBO’s 24/7 are going to be absolutely electrifying.

It’s a bummer that the Rangers are agitating Tortorella like this now before their cameras are following them all over the place. If this kind of maddening play from New York continues, however, we might actually see Tortorella pop a blood vessel when “dissecting” the Rangers’ play with reporters in December.

Get your popcorn ready, kids.