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Tortorella suggests dumping critical NHL rule change

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08:24 AM ET 05.14 | Often criticized for his curt press conferences, John Tortorella made up for it with a relative dissertation on the game -- one that may not sit well with Gary Bettman. Of the four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup playoffs, each one plays a distinctly defensive game. And [Tortorella] has his ideas why. "To me, I think they need to put the red line back in," Tortorella said [Sunday]. ... "Because it's a game of ping-pong," Tortorella said. "The game is a long pass, forecheck, defend. Another long pass, forecheck, defend." With a history of fines for criticizing the league, Tortorella then looked at the NHL representative in the room and added, "I better just leave it at that."

New York Post

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May 14, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Is Johnny T. running out of money? Shutting up in a press conference. Maybe he read the T&R about losing the job of the Coach of the American team because of his mouth?

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May 14, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Oft criticized for his curt press conferences

He does get asked some dooseys on a regular basis.

May 14, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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He does get asked some dooseys on a regular basis.

And I can understand the frustration.
But I think he will now be fined for looking at the NHL official and saying "let's leave it at that"
Emperor Bettman won't like the inference that there is no free speech in his fifedom

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May 14, 2012  09:18 AM ET

I don't know about bringing the red line back. Sure you have situations like Torts said, but you also have those fast breaks every once in a while that liven things up. Unlike when the red line was in and they were playing a center ice trap. That was painful to watch.

May 14, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Whether right or wrong - seems like an odd time to make an arguement about the red line.

May 14, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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I don't know about bringing the red line back. Sure you have situations like Torts said, but you also have those fast breaks every once in a while that liven things up. Unlike when the red line was in and they were playing a center ice trap. That was painful to watch.

I'm with you. As much of a traditionalist as I am, I like this much better. The trap was dread ful

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May 14, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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I'm with you. As much of a traditionalist as I am, I like this much better. The trap was dread ful

The trap worked back in the day of the red line because the refs were lax in calling interference...

May 14, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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The red line was part of NHL hockey since it's inception, the trap was not. The red line is not in play anymore (except for icing) and the trap still is. They are not mutually exclusive.

Bring back the red line.

But only in certain states.

May 14, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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I'm with you. As much of a traditionalist as I am, I like this much better. The trap was dread ful

Wasn't the trap the reason for dropping the redline offside to begin with?

May 14, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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Damn, I find myself agreeing with Torts on this one. Not so much with his reasoning, but with the general assertion that the red line should be put back in play.

Six to ten fewer teams in the league would also be helpful! I'm sick of watching muckers and plumbers grind our elegant game to a stand still!

Oh ... and get rid of all the coaches who implement that hideous style (That means ... bye, bye Torts!). :-)

May 14, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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I'm with you. As much of a traditionalist as I am, I like this much better. The trap was dread ful

All right. Let's get this out of the way. Congratulations on the win. But, at last it wasn't easy! We played 14 games against the #1 and #2 seeds. 13 decided by one goal. 6 overtimes, some multiples.................made you sweat anyway.! God I'm a good sport!

May 14, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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All right. Let's get this out of the way. Congratulations on the win. But, at last it wasn't easy! We played 14 games against the #1 and #2 seeds. 13 decided by one goal. 6 overtimes, some multiples.................made you sweat anyway.! God I'm a good sport!

and as I said to my wife Saturday...If they can old these guys together, Washington is going to be in the mix for a long time....they're a really good team...and yes you are a good sport

May 14, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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All right. Let's get this out of the way. Congratulations on the win. But, at last it wasn't easy! We played 14 games against the #1 and #2 seeds. 13 decided by one goal. 6 overtimes, some multiples.................made you sweat anyway.! God I'm a good sport!

And modest too. ;-)

Seriously Slappy your Caps did a good job in the playoffs. Congrats.

May 14, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Roamer has the best idea to improve the game - - reduce the # of teams which has diluted the talent base.

May 14, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'm with you. As much of a traditionalist as I am, I like this much better. The trap was dread ful

The trap lives, with our without the redline.

May 14, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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And modest too. ;-)Seriously Slappy your Caps did a good job in the playoffs. Congrats.

Thanks Canuck (and Spiny). Now that I've quit crying I can go on to the next two rounds and actually enjoy the hockey! I'm looking forward to a great ECF with the Rangers and Devils. Don't close your eyes Spiny. There's a Nard Dog behind every corner!!

 
May 14, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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All right. Let's get this out of the way. Congratulations on the win. But, at last it wasn't easy! We played 14 games against the #1 and #2 seeds. 13 decided by one goal. 6 overtimes, some multiples.................made you sweat anyway.! God I'm a good sport!

The Caps did well, Slappy. If they had just a little more offense, who knows.

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