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04-27-2009, 11:39 AM
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Tortorella and Brooks had another interesting interview session

Listening to Leafs Lunch,they reported Larry Brooks and John Tortorella had another confrontation/argument during Tortorella's Q&A a few minutes ago.

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Tortorella, refuses to talk about his Game 6 suspension, something, by the way, that rarely happens to coaches in the NHL playoffs. Tortorella testily told the media in response to questions about the subject we expect too much information
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I would guess that Brooks is pressing the water bottle incident. He was wondering why there was no apology (like Carp) for hitting the woman. I'm sure Brooks' angle will involve Avery and the topic of discipline. Torts is on the defensive here so I'm not surprised that he is attacking.

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AFTERNOON UPDATE, 12:44 P.M.: Here’s the text of Larry Brooks of the Post having the guts to go face-to-face with Tortorella, and Tortorella stubbornly refusing to take any responsibility, or to be accountable, for his actions in D.C. that left his team short-handed for a crucial playoff game:

LB: Your response to being suspended?
JT: “I have no response. I’m not discussing that.”
LB: “You’re not discussing the fact that you were suspended for a playoff game?”
JT: “That’s just what I said. I’m not discussing that. Next question.”
LB: “You’re unbelievable, John. Unbelievable.”
JT: “You guys have your opinions on that, write ‘em.”
LB: “So, like, a player commits a mistake during a game, he doesn’t have an obligation to talk about it?”
JT: “You guys think you’re entitled to all information, Larry. I’m not giving you any information.”
LB: “I’m not asking for information. I’m asking your opinion of being suspended in the middle of a playoff series.”
JT: “You have an opinion. You don’t need me in the conversation.”
LB: “I need your opinion.”
JT: “You don’t need mine, and I’m not gonna give it to you. Next question, please.”


My opinion: Tortorella couldn’t be more wrong here. He messed up royally, on the day he scratched an important player, Sean Avery, for his lack of discipline. He put his team in a bad spot at a huge time, and he brought embarrassment on the franchise—which doesn’t seem capable of being embarrassed
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http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2009/0...-no-apologies/

Tell him Larry.

Where is the video?

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04-27-2009, 11:55 AM
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Torts has really done a fine job embarassing himself over the last few days.

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I can appreciate Torts wanting to keep things in the locker room...but he really needs to open up a bit.

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At least Torts is not vanilla. He maybe a lunatic but he shows passion. Passion for the game, passion for the opportunities, passion for his team

This team needs more passion on every shift. Yes there must be balance. Perhaps the team swings back to some passionate play we saw in games 1-2

I'm hoping Torts saw something from that skybox he can exploit to the Rangers favor

As far as the interview I agree with Torts

Its over stop giving it energy. Focus on game 7.

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This is probably the worst case scenerio for me because I happen to like Brooks, Tortorella and Avery, and I have to face the reality of the situation that all are 'less than right' here.

Tortorella lost his composure and is suddenly less than forthcoming and honest even though he is famous for his accountability and ruthlessness with his players in media.

Avery screwed up big time and could have lost several games. He deserved his suspension and unfortunately he is almost absolved because his disciplinarian is losing credibility.

Brooks loves Avery, they have a mutually beneficial relationship. Brooks supports Avery and in return he gets great quotes and exclusives. Brooks isn't unique in his opinion of these events, but he is the only one with the balls to confront Tortorella. Unfortunately, I can't shake the feeling that he is only doing this because of his loyalty to Avery... he'd challenge Torts on the scratch no matter what. Torts' suspension is merely giving Brooks a platform.

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Torts has really done a fine job embarassing himself over the last few days.
Yes indeedy.

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At least Torts is not vanilla. He maybe a lunatic but he shows passion. Passion for the game, passion for the opportunities, passion for his team
I see a passion for himself. A passion for your time means you don't get suspended for an important game.

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I see a passion for himself. A passion for your time means you don't get suspended for an important game.
Bullseye.

Torts is great at preaching accountability when it doesnt involve him. Imagine how Sean Avery must feel right now? What kind of leadership qualities is Torts projecting by his antics?

He flat out lost his composure in game 5, and not surprisingly, his team has followed suit.

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I can't believe our fans think this season has been boring.

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Man i miss Tom Renney right now. He would have talked about managing the water bottle as opposed to managing the puck.

Never was a big Torts guy.I stayed overly loyal to Renney most likely. I agree a changed was needed, Peter Laviolette was the guy I wanted.

That said I am more tham willing to give JT a full year to see what he can do. Starting Tuesday by rallying his troops around him.

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While Torts did something stupid, I see no reason why he should have been required to take the bait that Brooks was dangling.

It's not being "accountable" if you take a reporters bait and go off on a question like that. If anything it causes more problems. Just saying "I'm not going to talk about it" should suffice except for people like Brooks who want to stir up the drama.

And Carpinello is basically a mediocre fan posing as a beat writer at this point so I don't really pay attention to much that he says

edit: basically all I see is frustrated fans looking for a target to vent on. The Rangers have already released a statement saying they disagreed with the suspension. Tortorella doesn't need to say anything else right now. Again, it's not accountability, it's a columnist looking to stir up controversy.

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I dont see what the big deal is...Torts doesn't want to discuss something that is at this point...irrelevant. Game 6 is gone, there is one more game left to look forward to, not to talk about something that happened in game 5.

How is he embarrassing himself? Seems like its now being overblown big time.

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I can't believe our fans think this season has been boring.
A lot of fans got the circus sideshow they wanted.

While I agree it may have been time for a change, I always appreciated the steady hand and class of Tom Renney.

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I dont see what the big deal is...Torts doesn't want to discuss something that is at this point...irrelevant. Game 6 is gone, there is one more game left to look forward to, not to talk about something that happened in game 5.

How is he embarrassing himself? Seems like its now being overblown big time.
Irrelevant? What???

The guy benched Avery for being stupid in game 4 (a move I didnt like, but understood to a point), then goes and does something even MORE stupid in game 5...getting himself suspended for game 6. The bottom line is Tort's single-handedly left his team shorthanded for games 5 and 6 with a 3-1 series lead.

He blew a gasket....straight up lost it.....hello game 7.

Irrelevant my ass. For a guy thats made his bones with the accountability concept, he sure does a terrible job of enacting it upon himself.

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He flat out lost his composure in game 5, and not surprisingly, his team has followed suit.
The team has lost their composure? When did this happen?

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While Torts did something stupid, I see no reason why he should have been required to take the bait that Brooks was dangling.

It's not being "accountable" if you take a reporters bait and go off on a question like that. If anything it causes more problems. Just saying "I'm not going to talk about it" should suffice except for people like Brooks who want to stir up the drama.

And Carpinello is basically a mediocre fan posing as a beat writer at this point so I don't really pay attention to much that he says
Agreed. I would be especially wary of Brooks, who, as evidenced in the thread about Drury, apparently paraphrases and puts words in the players mouths instead of quoting verbatim. It's also possible that the Rangers told Torts not to speak about the suspension.

As for Carp, I've been getting the vibe that he's actually rooting against the Rangers to prove a point or something. Quotes like "see, the Caps are more skilled than the Rangers" are just stating the obvious and it's not like he was going out on a limb by picking the Caps to win the series.

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He knows what he did.

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The team has lost their composure? When did this happen?
Do I need to send you the tapes of games 5 and 6?

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I can't believe our fans think this season has been boring.
The problem is that it's been exciting everywhere except on the ice.

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The team has lost their composure? When did this happen?
Saying the team has lost it's composure assumes they ever had any to begin with.

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The problem is that it's been exciting everywhere except on the ice.
I disagree, when we're not on the PP the games have featured some good action

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