Tag Archives: John Tortorella

CANTLON’S CORNER: TUESDAY NIGHT RUMBLE AT THE XL

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In a season of frustration, the one team the Hartford Wolf Pack have been happy to see whenever they show up on the schedule are the Adirondack Phantoms.

The Wolf Pack have won five of the seven meetings this season and will meet them for a third time in the past nine days. It’s the only team this season that the Pack have a winning record (5-1-0-1) against.

In each of the last three games, the Wolf Pack have scored four or more goals. With three goals, six assists (9 pts.) during that span, J.T. Miller has been the team’s leading scorer. Continue reading

RANGERS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

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NEW YORK RANGERS TRAINING CAMP

BY:  New York Rangers

NEW YORK, September 9, 2013 – The New York Rangers Training Camp for the 2013-14 Season will be held Wednesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 15 at the MSG Training Center.

Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be made available to the media at 12:00PM ET on Wednesday, September 11 in the practice rink. Please note that Press Rooms will not be available to the media on this day.

Player access will begin on Thursday, September 12 following practice times. Continue reading

FAN-FARE: ARMCHAIR HOCKEY COACHING

New-York-Rangers-150x150BY: Adam Gavriel

If someone ever asked me what I was an expert at, my answer would be simple. I am an expert armchair General Manager and coach… for hockey that is, of course. From the comfort of my computer chair I have built and coached dynasties simultaneously. As the simulations play out in my head, and Ryan Callahan lifts the cup in front of 18,000 faithful at the Garden, I can sit back and smile.

Then I wake up.

As the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins set to kick off (B’s in 6), so do the organizational meetings at Glen Sather’s house in La Quinta, California. As the Rangers brass discusses situations such as what to do with Brad Richards, who to hire as head coach, and how to get Henrik Lundqvist committed to the Rangers long-term, the wheels in my head can’t stop churning either.  Continue reading

DEBATE OVER – TORTORELLA FIRED

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BY: The New York Rangers

New York, May 29, 2013 New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his coaching duties.

Under Tortorella’s guidance, the Rangers posted their second most wins all-time in a single season with 51, and tied for second in franchise history with 109 points in 2011-12.  He became the 30th coach in NHL history to coach 800 games on March 27, 2012, at Minnesota (3-2 win), and won his 100th game as Rangers Head Coach with a 5-3 win on November 5, 2011, vs. Montreal.  On March 26, 2013, Tortorella became the 30th head coach in league history to register his 400th NHL coaching victory, with a 5-2 win at Philadelphia. He also passed Tom Renney for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list with a 3-2 shootout victory on April 10, 2013 vs. Toronto. Continue reading

PEP TALK: TORTORELLA DECISION TIME

tortBY: Billy Pepitone, Exclusive to Howlings
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This is not a John Tortorella bash-fest. It is not an attempt to throw gasoline on the ‘Fire Torts’ cinders that have been burning for some time now. It is, quite frankly, a cold, hard look at the man’s record in New York and his coaching philosophy that no longer is working.

Let’s put aside the coach’s acerbic personality, his battles with the media, and his perceived ‘bullying’ of anyone who dares question his methods. There is a long history of coaches and managers who have behaved much worse than the Rangers’ boss and have done a lot of winning in the process. Therein lies the problem; there hasn’t been a lot of ‘winning’ during his reign in New York, unless you accept scrambling to make the playoffs and winning one round as being successful. Continue reading

MATT LOGUERCIO: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE JOHN

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By: Matt Loguercio

While analyzing the situation of the NY Rangers head coach, I keep hearing the Clash singing, “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Not a very promising start to my analysis, but a start nonetheless.

So where should I begin my dissection of his 2013 season, (for all you fans getting to the party late, games were only played in 2013). Let me start with his last name, Tortorella. The first part is the word, “Tort,” which in law is, “A civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another.”  Continue reading

FAN FARE: THE CASE FOR DISMISSAL

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BY: Adam Gavriel

It is time for the New York Rangers to part ways with John Tortorella.

Coach Tortorella came to the New York Rangers in the middle of the 2008-2009 season, replacing Tom Renney, and immediately started his Rangers career on a tumultuous path. Facing off against the Capitals in the first-round of the 2009 playoffs, Tortorella would bench then fan-favorite Sean Avery for game five, and have himself suspended for game six in that same contest. The Rangers would lose game five, and go on to squander a 3-1 series lead to be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, something they had become accustomed to under Tom Renney, and the coach would ultimately blame himself. Ring a bell? Continue reading