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06-02-2013, 03:06 PM
Henrik & Pop
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I don't know if I ever mentioned this but Torts' got his first coaching job in Roanoke, VA from Henry Brabham, then the owner of the Virginia Lancers. Many years earlier, Henry hired me for my second job in hockey. That connection, plus Henry's high regard for John has always made me a fan, before and in New York. My only regret is that I never have had a chance to personally meet him.

I think he did well here. Torts' gave the team an identity, coached his ass off (some nights he was just brilliant jugling lines and matchups) and brought along a class of young players. He did good work here. Sometimes (see Vancouver) the voice needs to change in the room.

As Sather said, all coaches have shelf lives. Abrasive styles tend to have a shorter life than sweethearts. John is no sweetheart. I think he leaves with pride in a job well done and I have no doubt he will resurface in the NHL in the next year or two.

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