John Tortorella’s Top Quotes as New York Rangers’ Head Coach
New York Rangers: John Tortorella's Top Quotes As Head Coach
Cower in fear, New York media! Torts is back in town! Former New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella returns to Madison Square Garden this Saturday for the first time since he was fired last May. He will lead his slumping Vancouver Canucks to town against a Rangers team still trying to find consistency under Alain Vigneault.
Tortorella was one of the Rangers' most polarizing figures of all time. Players, fans and media either loved him or hated him. Whether or not his abrasive, confrontational style offended you, his results as Ranger coach speak for themselves. He led the Rangers to their first conference Final since 1997 and first division title since 1994. He instilled a black-and-blue work ethic in his players that demanded accountability, teamwork and playing hard for 60 minutes. You can argue with the flaws of his system all you want; it got the job done.
He was never afraid to stand up for his players and stand up to opposing coaches. Just ask the following: Peter DeBoer, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. One can argue he got the absolute best out of the majority of his players, and even had them overachieve in the 2011-12 season.
But who will ever forget his post-game press conferences? Tortorella's short fuse made them all must-see TV, especially following losses. Love him or hate him, who didn't want to see him tell it like it is? Here are some of Tortorella's most memorable quotes during his time as Rangers head coach.
5. Stop Coaching, Pat
The New York Daily News' Pat Leonard posed a question about personnel decisions following a playoff loss to the Washington Capitals. Torts retorted with some good career advice.
4. I'm Not Telling You
During a bench interview in the middle of Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinal against the Capitals, NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire asked Tortorella how the power play could be improved. Obviously he didn't want Pierre or the viewers to know.
3. He Stinks on the Power Play
When asked about the Rangers' Carl Hagelin's performance on the power play during the 2013 playoffs, Tortorella did not hesitate to throw his speedy winger under the bus.
2. I Wonder What Would Happen If We Did It to their Two Whining Stars
During a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012, the Rangers' Derek Stepan took a deliberate knee-to-knee hit from the Penguins' Matt Cooke. Torts lamented the arrogance of the Penguins organization and how none of his players would get away with such a hit on a player like Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
1. You Were Probably Beat Up At the Bus Stop Most of the Time
Tortorella and the New York Post's Larry Brooks have long had an acrimonious history. Their feud came to a head again in 2010 following a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in which Tortorella refused to ask a Brooks question regarding his Rangers team sticking up for Marian Gaborik following a late-game fight. Still not as famous as his "Get the *expletive* out of here" jab from a few years past, but this will have to do.