Dump & chase : System? Or lack of talent?
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10-24-2011, 02:59 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
Are you trying to tell me that being able to adequately disect a hockey game is a pre-requisite when it comes to getting a studio TV gig? Barry Melrose, Matt Barnaby, and Don Cherry say hi! I admittedly have not seen much of Tortorella's work with TSN, but the most memorable moment of his time there was when he ripped Avery a new one. Thats a personality and entertainment contest, even in Canada. Does he give off the impression to you that hes a particularly gifted hockey mind at this level? A tactician? A guy that pays close attention to X's and O's? I just dont see it, and ridiculous press conferences like the one after the Edmonton game only enhance my opinion.
And yup, he was a Stanley Cup winner, with an extremely talented team. Having a message and motivational skills is enough to get by when the talents there.
When its not, well, us Ranger fans are seeing what the end result is...something we're all too familiar with - mediocrity.
I'd be willing to bet that every one of those guys you just mentioned know more about this game than any of us on this board... probably combined. Don Cherry has become a charicature of himself but he knows the game. They ALL have high paying jobs in the industry (after having real careers in the actual sport) and while that doesn't mean all that much, it does mean that they have something to offer... insight beyond what people see on TV or from watching in the stands.
If you think you know more than they do, that's fine... it may be true, I don't know you, but I wouldn't discount them, especially one that has a Stanley Cup on his resume if I were you. Yeah, he had a talented team, but if you think just anyone can coach a team with talent to the Stanley Cup I'm not sure why you watch the game... it must be a very boring experience.
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