A sampling of reactions to the news that the New York Rangers dismissed head coach John Tortorella on Wednesday:
Michael Grange, Sportsnet:
People think it’s funny to joke about Tortorella getting a media job; I don’t. He’s gone out of his way to embarrass people doing a job /1
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) May 29, 2013
Not just once in a while, which happens, but as a tactic. Guy is bad for hockey. /2 — Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) May 29, 2013
Coaches the game in a negative way; gets people to fight battles he can’t and them picks fights with people who can’t fight back /3 — Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) May 29, 2013
In sum Tortorella to me falls in the ‘bad human’ category.Hope he rots. /4 — Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) May 29, 2013
Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated:
Sorry, one vote here for Torts. Always genuine. Sometimes a genuine pain in the butt, but I never thought he was playing angles.
— Michael Farber (@MichaelFarber3) May 29, 2013
Darren Dreger, TSN:
Torts is not a bad person. He is an incredibly stubborn and perhaps, at times, an unreasonably demanding coach. Big difference. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 29, 2013
Matt Sekeres, TEAM 1040 Vancouver Radio:
Really hope Torts doesn’t wind up on TV. He was real tough w/ reporters, but when he had to man-up & state an opinion on TSN, he turtled. — Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) May 29, 2013
Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe
Surprised it took Rangers this long.Bullies are a very awkward fit in all levels of modern day culture. — Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) May 29, 2013
Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo!:
Not gonna pile on Torts, except to say that style has a shelf life. He wore out everyone around him. — Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 29, 2013
Chris Stevenson, Sun Media:
Saying Carl Hagelin “stinks,” about a half-dozen times didn’t help Tortorella’s cause, either. Hagelin wasn’t happy about it. — Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) May 29, 2013
And, finally, what would any Tortorella post be without a reaction from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks?
Any media outlet that would hire John Tortorella should be ashamed.
— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) May 29, 2013