All Encompassing Tortorella Thread Pt. II
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03-29-2013, 11:55 AM
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John Tortorella Discusses NYR Offense/Defense on Michael Kay
On the star players, ďYou just look at Brad on the fifth goal and he allowed the play to come to him. He waits for the offense to come to him. I think that is such a telling tale for Brad and to let the offense come to him. It opens up the game. Step has been one of our best players all year long. Chris Kreider played very well. Miller played really well. We need to stay with what we are doing well and hope that our guys feel better about the game. Coaches canít teach creativity.Ē
On living with defensive mistakes, ďItís an easy thing for people to say, people say many times about me that I donít let my offensive players play and all it is is defense, defense defense. Itís so untrue. You just will not win in this league unless you play strong defense. When you talk about defense, people just think itís about being in your end zone. Defense starts when you donít have the puck, so that is something we have been working on. We are trying to establish our forecheck more so we donít spend time in our endzone. We have a huge injury with Marc Staal and I have a huge amount of respect for how the guys have reacted, not just the defensemen but our forwards. You have to play stronger team defense when you lose a cog like that. Itís easy to pick apart a team and say that your offensive guys arenít going so you arenít letting them play. I donít buy it. You win championships, you get into and compete in the playoffs if you understand how to play away from the puck cause if you do, you have the puck more and your offensive people have it more.
This is all terrific, and I agree wholeheartedly with all of it, especially his stance on play away from the puck. It just ends up not meaning anything when your offensive people have the puck more and still fail to do anything with it.
I still think it's absurd to fire a guy who just took a team to the conference finals, and I don't even think he's doing a particularly good job. At this rate, though, I'm starting to think that he won't last the season if they keep playing such subpar hockey.
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