John Tortorella Discussion (Update: Torts extended 3 years)
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03-04-2011, 10:46 PM
Join Date: Sep 2006
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I just want to go on record saying that I think that Torts has done a great job this year.
I disagree with the line combos sometimes
, and it's frustrating to see the team completely baffled by the trap, but the level of effort that we see each and every night is indicative of a good coaching job, and this team has performed at or above its potential for the vast majority of the season.
One positive about how he manages the line combos is that he doesn't hesitate to reward forwards that are playing well by bumping them up the line-up and giving them more playing time... It gives the bottom 6 players motivation to play harder because they know they'll be rewarded for it with more playing time... It also reminds the top 6 forwards that they'll be demoted if their play struggles... I think people want to assume that leaving the lines together for long stretches of time will produce consistency and results, but that's just blind optimism... The lines wouldn't be mixed up so often if the players weren't so inconsistent... It's not like Torts breaks up lines that are playing well just for the hell of it... The lines that have been consistent do get left together, look at how many games Wolski - Stepan - MZA have played together, and Feds - Boyle - Prust....
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