: News Article:
Sather Speaks: Lack of Puck Possession Had "A lot to do" with Torts' firing
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06-26-2013, 11:22 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
when a coach enforces a system that is the absolute antitheses of puck possession, you really can’t give an honest assessment of what player is strong or not strong on the puck.
The NYR handled the puck like a live grenade most nights, throwing it off their sticks as fast as they could. If they held on too long and deviated from the “system” they might make a “mistake” and face the wrath of the massive egomaniac.. and so we played Chicken $h1t hockey every night, flopped on the ice, etc...
Speaking of Dubinsky, how well did his career go “under Torts”. I remember Tortorella distinctively saying early on how he “couldn’t wait to get his hands on him”... lol he sure did...
he went from having 25-30g potential to 3/4th line numbers...
How’s that for player development? Nash trade might not have even had to happen if your boy Torts didn’t get to him...
ah but that’s just history now....
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