John Tortorella Discussion (Update: Torts extended 3 years)
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04-18-2011, 11:45 AM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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If Tort would care about the future, he would play Zuccarello over Christensen.
Building towards the future is only part of Torts' job. The other part is winning games now. If Christensen does a better job helping us win these playoff games, then he should be playing. Christensen and Zuccarello have been about even in terms of production over the past month and a half, so Torts will just ride the hot hand. Zucca was awful in his first game, and Christensen has been better.
But that's beside the real point... Torts doesn't care about the future? Why, then, is he giving big minutes to Sauer and McDonagh? He could easily be giving those minutes to McCabe and Eminger, two veteran players. Why do Stepan and Anisimov average over 16 minutes? Why did he help turn Brian Boyle into a valuable player, rather than scratching him early on and letting him fade into oblivion? Why does he
on playing the young Matt Gilroy?
There are a lot of things you can fault Torts for, I think, but not buying into youth development is just absurd. Torts won with youth in TB, and is trying to do the same here. Stop making me defend him...
It's just pain.
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