Two pre-competition games into the World Cup and John Tortorella has issued a challenge to a player through the media.
Max Pacioretty was on the receiving end of Tortorella’s message following Team USA’s loss to Team Canada. The Montreal Canadiens captain didn’t have a point, and only one shot on goal and one hit in 10:05 of ice time in Saturday’s game.
So Torts, when asked, did what Torts has a tendency to do: Give us something to talk about. Nothing really subtle about it from Team USA’s head coach.
“He’s OK. Yeah. But I need more out of him,” said Tortorella, as per Sportsnet. “I know how he can play. And this is what happens in this type of tournament and the team make-up. You’re not going to get your 20 minutes. If other people are going, they tend to take some ice time. You look at … Canada’s team, your minutes are going to be down.
“But Max hasn’t … he’s got to give me some reason to give him more minutes here. So we’ll see where it goes. We know he’s a really good player. Great kid. But we’ve just got to get a little more out of him.”
In the first pre-tournament game against Canada on Friday, Pacioretty had one shot on goal in 14:51 of ice time.
Team USA finishes its trio of tune-up games on Tuesday, as they face Finland.
Now, over to Pacioretty for a response.