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09-09-2011, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Torts can be a top 10 coach, on a good day. Last season, I thought he tempered his attitude problem pretty well and did a good job. Prior to that, he was certainly outside the top 10.

Calling him a top 3 or even a top 5 coach in the entire NHL is a huge stretch. This is still a guy with the following Rangers resume:

Year 1: First round loss, in which he managed to get himself suspended for going after a fan with a lead in the series.

Year 2: DNQ for playoffs

Year 3: Backed into playoffs the final day of the season, 1st round loss in 5 games.

Sure, the Rangers are a unique situation, but Torts lack of tactical prowess is what will always hold him back from being an elite coach. Hes a motivator, not a tactician - the great coaches are both.
Very true, but I don't think there are more than a handful of coaches who are both. I'd say my list above is pretty exhaustive of coaches who fit into that category.

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