Between the number of attempted murder incidents on the ice and players facing old teams, the NHL playoffs have been full of rich storylines. The most recent, and probably the most entertaining, is the tension in the press conferences of New York Rangers coach John Tortorella. Good old Torts is no stranger to confrontations with the media, here are some of his finest moments.
This year his refusal to divulge even the slightest bit of information in this year’s postseason is getting under the skin of Washington reporters and, for some reason, fans. Tortorella was just named one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which is given to the best coach of the season. That, combined with his appearance on HBO’s 24/7 and the rugged style New York plays, makes him an easy guy to root for. But the sheer bluntness Tortorella has displayed throughout the playoffs takes the cake. He’s the definition of an old school hockey coach and just doesn’t give a damn what the media stalwarts say about him when they’re pouting in the newspaper about the lack of quotes they’re given.
Today Tortorella stepped it up a notch when he was asked about the situation that his brevity has created over the past few weeks.
Reporter: Are you this way with us just because you don’t like dealing with us?
Reporter: Or is there a strategy behind not …
Tortorella: What are you being a wise ass?
Reporter: No, I’m being sincere.
Tortorella: I’m being sincere, too. I’m not gonna give you much information. Some of you guys sit here and tell me I’m curt or whatever. I’m not gonna have a staring contest. If you don’t ask me questions, I’ll just leave. So that’s the way it is. I’m sorry I’m not a guy that wants to converse about everything during the playoffs. I’m not.
Sorry about the creepy picture but here’s the audio of what happened: