This guy tries to coach with angry faces alone. How many timeouts did he call just to have the team look at his frown in silence. That's not coaching.
Mike Keenan called a timeout in Game 6 of the ECF in '94, not a word was said. It was the best timeout he ever took. Sometimes no words is better then flipping out on a team or even instructing them. It lets the players know that they need to find it within themselves to fix the problem, cause the coach can't just repeat the same things over and over again and expect different results. That's referred to as insanity.
I disagree that Tortorella doesn't have the horses. I've said this before, but I expect somewhat of a return to "safe is death" next year. It's hard to hang a team this young out to dry with that kind of style. Now that they've had some experience and some success, it would surprise me if he didn't air it out some more. The talent level on this team is not as bad as people make it seem. We have 3 legitimate 2nd line talents and 2 legitimate first line talents. With more confidence and freedom from our defensemen, I expect a highly entertaining team next year.
The one thing that Tortorella needs to do, however, is bring in a full-time PP coach. Him handling it on his own is not working.
WASHINGTON — The process of building the Rangers so they aren’t left bringing knives to a gunfight, the way they were in this playoff confrontation with the Capitals, will continue with John Tortorella behind the bench, The Post has learned.
Sources have told The Post that Tortorella’s contract, originally due to expire after this season, was extended a couple of months ago.
Garden and Rangers executives cited policy in declining comment, but it is believed that the extension will cover the next three seasons. Tortorella, who was hired on Feb. 23, 2009, has taken the Blueshirts to the playoffs twice in three years, but his teams have gone out in the first round both times, and both times to the Capitals.
Its the Garden M.O. now to allow execs/coaches to enter the last year of their contract and then make a decision on their futures. With a 3 year extension,Torts has enough room to continue with the current program of using young players.
I think his line combos sucked and we could've had different results.
Blame Torts for the proper support of Gaborik.
Don't blame Torts for McCabe being placed in his lineup.
Blame Torts for his treatment of Avery and Wolski.
Don't blame Torts for the unlucky bounces and shiddy reffing.
Blame Torts for his lack of emphasis on net protection and whatever it was he called a powerplay.
Don't blame him for any time one of his players passed up a necessary body check.
I wouldn't fire him, but I wouldn't give him more than a 2 year extension.
According to the New York Post, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has signed "what is believed to be" a three-year extension to remain behind the bench with the club. Tortorella's contract was set to expire at the end of the season.