All Encompassing Tortorella Thread Pt. II
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04-05-2013, 03:34 AM
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Here's an interesting, though not exactly groundbreaking, quote from Vinny Prospal after Gaborik's 2-point debut for the BJs in Nashville.
"Let's put it this way: That is the only way that coach Tortorella knows how to coach," Prospal said. "That's the way he has been ever since I got to know him in Year 2000. He's not going to change because of certain players. You either can play under or him or you can't and sometimes you just go different ways but he's a good teacher, he's a good coach and I know, particularly in my game, he helped me quite a bit…
A lot of nice things, but I don't like that a coach is unable to adapt.
I wonder if Tortorella could manage to have Jagr on his team, for example. There are some things that Jagr just doesn't do, or at least not very often, but teams tolerate that because he's so good offensively that they'll take the hit in those other areas.
Could Tortorella handle not taking out frustration on Jagr for that, and more importantly, could he adapt his strategy and system to compensate for Jagr's deficiencies in order to take advantage of the benefits?
Could he have managed to use a Pavel Bure to his team's advantage? SOOO many things about Pavel Bure could frustrate a coach, but he's arguably the greatest pure goalscorer of all-time. How do you not figure out a way to make it work?
How good does a skill player who doesn't do certain things that Tortorella expects from his players have to be in order for Johnny Cakes to tolerate him? Or does it not even matter?
These are, of course, extreme examples. A guy like Zherdev is certainly no Jagr. Avery is a good, useful player IMO, but he is just a bottom six role player. Gaborik is no Pavel Bure. Still, as recently as last season, he was one of the best offensive players in the league.
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