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08:35 AM ET 05.02 | Curious decisions are fueling the fire in New York, where John Tortorella's thought process remains a closely guarded secret in the Rangers' second-round series. If a coach wants to cut down to three lines and four (and a half) defensemen in the second game of the second round of the playoffs, that's his prerogative. If the same coach wants to do so without providing so much as a hint of an explanation, even when one of the decisions in particular seems especially curious ... well, that's his prerogative, too. But when that coach essentially trusts a trek of up to 28 games and seven weeks to such a small complement of athletes at such an early juncture, it is critical that his team capitalizes on every opportunity to nail down a victory.

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May 2, 2012  08:59 AM ET

I wasn't aware that Tortorella had to run all of his decisions and strategums through the media...especially The New York Post and that dean of hockey writers; Brooks.
I read the press conference. Is he prickly? Sure. Is this news? Not even a little bit. But I guess not getting a story is a story?

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May 2, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Brooks and Tortorella are like oil and water.....Brooks will never give Torts credit for anything but will be all over bio like white on rice if something Torts does backfires....It's moronic articles like this why Torts basically shuts out the press as much as he does...

May 2, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Brooks and Tortorella are like oil and water.....Brooks will never give Torts credit for anything but will be all over bio like white on rice if something Torts does backfires....It's moronic articles like this why Torts basically shuts out the press as much as he does...

**all over him like white on rice***

May 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I wasn't aware that Tortorella had to run all of his decisions and strategums through the media...especially The New York Post and that dean of hockey writers; Brooks.I read the press conference. Is he prickly? Sure. Is this news? Not even a little bit. But I guess not getting a story is a story?

I guess it's taken the NY media longer than expected to adapt to Torts.

May 2, 2012  09:16 AM ET

I'm not real familiar with the Rangers lines, but I thought he was subbing some of the 4th liners in on other lines. No?

May 2, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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We get the same type of trash here with the Boston media. These dolts think that they are a hell of a lot smarter than they are and any time they feel like they've been dissed they go on the warpath. I don't know much about Brooks, but we have several guys who have managed to hold grudges a decade or more.

someone once said that being a writer means always having to prove your talent to people that have none. I think that be said for coaches/sportswriters quite often as well.
Brooks is a hack that thinks he knows hockey. He works for Rupert Murdoch on a hack paper that I wouldn't train a puppy on, because it would be redundant.
You have THAT in boston? My sympathies

May 2, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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I guess it's taken the NY media longer than expected to adapt to Torts.

a lot of things thake the NY Media longer than expected

May 2, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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....It's moronic articles like this why Torts basically shuts out the press as much as he does...

exactly.
there's an olde Scottish proverb: you speak of my drinking, but not of my thirst"

May 2, 2012  09:24 AM ET

They asked him about being nominated for coach of the year and he said he wouldn't talk about it today, and if they wanted to know they should have asked yesterday. The reporter (not Brooks) asked why he wasn't answering any questions, it was amusing.
Can't wait for this guy to be back in the media in a year or two.

May 2, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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We get the same type of trash here with the Boston media. These dolts think that they are a hell of a lot smarter than they are and any time they feel like they've been dissed they go on the warpath. I don't know much about Brooks, but we have several guys who have managed to hold grudges a decade or more.

That seems to be the M.O. of all East Coast sports media in all major sports. They're the infallible, all-knowing 'experts' and everything has to meet their approval .... or else! Bunch of sour losers.

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May 2, 2012  09:43 AM ET

My God!! A hockey coach playing a short bench for the playoffs??? WTF!

May 2, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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We have both ends of the spectrum. The Herald is the right leaning tabloid rag that has bitter clowns like Ron Borges and fruitcakes like Steve Buckley, while the Boston Globb is the left leaning Pravda wannabe rag that has **** like Dan Shaunnessy and Bob Ryan. It's tough to cut through all the crap just to get a few facts.

someone needs to start a newspaper that just gives...THE NEW/SPORTS without any slant.

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May 2, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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someone needs to start a newspaper that just gives...THE NEW/SPORTS without any slant.

Fox News! :-)

May 2, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Okay, "Torts" can be as big a jerk as he wants to be. But he and his owners should not foget the section full of jock-sniffing publicty they get every day in the newspapers plus radio, TV and the Internet. People who use their brains more and their mouths less and understand why they get their millions get along just fine with others, including representatives of the fourth estate.

May 2, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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Okay, "Torts" can be as big a jerk as he wants to be. But he and his owners should not foget the section full of jock-sniffing publicty they get every day in the newspapers plus radio, TV and the Internet. People who use their brains more and their mouths less and understand why they get their millions get along just fine with others, including representatives of the fourth estate.

Maybe. But, who's lining up outside whose door?

May 2, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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I'm not real familiar with the Rangers lines, but I thought he was subbing some of the 4th liners in on other lines. No?

BF,

Torts is pretty good about rolling four lines throughout the game regardless; but has been known to tweek things amid his constant tinkering.

I think what numb-nuts Brooks is alluding to; is how in Game 2 he tried to come back with the Gabby-Richards-Hagelin line evey other shift when they were down by a goal. Torts also was moving Kreider around alot and actually had him on the Gabby-Richards line for a quick shift....so basically Brooks couldnt boil it the shortened bench down to Torts trying to get Gabby going and a goal when down by 1.

 
May 2, 2012  10:10 AM ET

*couldnt boil it down

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