All-Encompassing Tortorella/Sather Thread
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03-16-2013, 10:09 AM
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Can't blame Tortorella for the first two seasons. The team just didn't have a lot of talent before last season thanks to Sather's numerous and repeated errors in judgment, and he did very well last year when given a normal team.
There are a lot of things about Tortorella I don't care for, but I have a hard time faulting him for the mediocre start this season. A lot of roster turnover, the lockout, no training camp, etc.
- Camp got this team into incredible shape last year. That was a big help down the stretch and into the postseason.
- I don't even mind most of the moves. The Nash move was a big risk in terms of the cap, but there is no denying he is a very good player. Would have preferred to wait for Bobby Ryan, but oh well. The Halpern move was great. Asham is a good player; he's been hurt a lot. Should have kept Feds over Pyatt, IMO (Feds was the best player on the line with Boyle and Prust most of the time). Smart not to overpay Prust.
The problem is, with all the roster turnover, there are still noticeable holes. Boyle is not a third line player in this league. Michael Del Zotto isn't a great playmaker; his strengths do not lie in the offensive zone, but rather in transition. Gaborik is Gaborik. Richards isn't done, but he is probably nowhere near optimal conditioning. Cup contenders usually don't play Gilroy/Eminger/Bickel.
Certainly, there are things that Tortorella could be doing better, but there simply isn't enough reason to fire him. A coach doesn't deserve to be fired if there are ample circumstances, out of the coach's control, acting as real detriments to his team's success.
I can't stand some things about this guy, but I think it would be ridiculous to can someone who took a team to the conference finals after one down season that was fraught with frustrating occurrences.
One down season ? More like one good season . Lets not forget he blew a 3-1 series lead and benched the player playing the hardest on the team ( Avery ) and got himself kicked out Of a game . The guy is a circus clown . I can't wait until this hypocrite is back working at NHL Or NBC or TSN and people get to crap on him . He's a side show clown .
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