A couple more losses in a row and Torts will be Renney Part Deux around here.
In the end, it always comes down to personnel, not who is standing behind the bench. Torts has more talent to work with so he better place them higher than Renney did last season or else he has failed. That is his sole job.
Personally, I hate his style of divisiveness and embarrassing his own players but if in the end it works, I won't care.
P.S. He should have kept his loudmouth closed in regards to the Dubinsky negotiations. It was none of his business and could only have a negative effect on Dubi, and more importantly on the team.
Ever since the 7 game win streak, the way that Torts has handled this team has been troubling to say the least. It all started with deciding to start Valiquette in what would have been a good barometer game against the Sharks. Surprise, Surprise, Vally plays a soft game and the Rangers lose a stinker. No reason to panic, right? Well apparently it was for Tortorella. Next thing you know, the effective first line is broken up, Prospal's playing center, Lisin is playing first line minute he doesnt deserve. All the while, Henrik is getting run with no retribution, and the team as a whole is playing like a bunch of pansies.
My main question is where are the folks that were so thrilled with Torts' hiring? ACCOUNTABILITY IS BACK!, SAFE IS DEATH=EXCITING HOCKEY! My ass. Mr. Macho talks a good game, but he has done little to back it up...benching guys for singular turnovers, but not doing much at all for the countless players that dont want to get their skirts dirty. And exciting hockey, for me anyway, is winning games. That 7 game win streak was exciting...the way that Torts had to make unnecessary changes to prove that this is his team and the subsequent tailspin is not exciting at all. Its actually quite frustrating that our head coach could be such an egomaniac/blowhard/bully/whatever you want to call it.