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'Multiple players' wanted Tortorella gone

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07:23 AM ET 05.30 | To some degree, John Tortorella's personality became his own enemy. The Rangers fired [Tortorella] as their head coach Wednesday afternoon with one year remaining on his contract after "multiple players," including some "top guys," wanted the fiery 53-year-old gone for good, according to a source. General manager Glen Sather said in a conference call that Tortorella seemed "a little bit shocked" by his dismissal. It is unknown specifically which Rangers voiced their displeasure, but the frustration mounted high enough that Sather pulled the trigger after four-plus seasons. Tortorella lost his job only two days after team MVP goaltender Henrik Lundqvist avoided committing to a long-term contract extension and four days after he benched Brad Richards.

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May 30, 2013  07:52 AM ET

Let me guess: Brian Boyle, Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Martin Biron and Henrik Lundqvist lead the parade, right?

May 30, 2013  07:54 AM ET

Oh, I forgot! Marian Gaborik and Sean Avery too, not to mention Scott Gomez! :-)

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May 30, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Let me guess: Brian Boyle, Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Martin Biron and Henrik Lundqvist lead the parade, right?

That's a pretty strong start to a parade.

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May 30, 2013  08:52 AM ET

But here's the other side...does whatever dis-like you have for your coach make you NOT do your job? Have they no professional pride? (henrik excluded of course, he could do no more than he did)So it appears that Torts is everything everyone says...I thought he was okay...it would seem to me that had they won, they may have had more leverage..."in spite of" over "because of"...

May 30, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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One place there will be no parade: Detroit. Tic tac toe, three in a row.

I guess that makes us Tic Tac fans

May 30, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Torts says there were at least 3.

May 30, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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But here's the other side...does whatever dis-like you have for your coach make you NOT do your job? Have they no professional pride? (henrik excluded of course, he could do no more than he did)So it appears that Torts is everything everyone says...I thought he was okay...it would seem to me that had they won, they may have had more leverage..."in spite of" over "because of"...

"In spite of" is hard to prove. If they win "in spite of" and the coach gets whacked anyway, who in their right mind would want to be the next coach?

May 30, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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One place there will be no parade: Detroit. Tic tac toe, three in a row.

LOL - Sorry Danny that doesn't work on Wings fans. While we're passionate we're not the reason Mickey divorced Minnie. :-)

May 30, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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One place there will be no parade: Detroit. Tic tac toe, three in a row.

the O.T. goal was, in this ex-goalie's opinion...pretty soft. I bet The Monster would have stopped it (man...that was harsh...my apologies to the Red Wings faithful)

May 30, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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"In spite of" is hard to prove. If they win "in spite of" and the coach gets whacked anyway, who in their right mind would want to be the next coach?

seemingly...Colin Campbell

May 30, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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"In spite of" is hard to prove. If they win "in spite of" and the coach gets whacked anyway, who in their right mind would want to be the next coach?

and also to your point...who would then want to coach, knowing that if they push them too hard, they'll hold their breath till they get their way?

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May 30, 2013  09:04 AM ET

I am gonna miss Torts. My wife though, will not. She watches the games, but does not follow hockey. She has pegged him as a jerk from day one just from his actions on the bench during games, and when I showed her the "Top 10 Torts rants" on You Tube yesterday, she said "see I told you he is a jerk".

Starting to think the missus is a hockey savant. Odd, really.

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May 30, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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and also to your point...who would then want to coach, knowing that if they push them too hard, they'll hold their breath till they get their way?

Agree completely. NYR needs to change the room, along with the Coach.

Somehow, the country club moved from Muskoka (north of Toronto) to Broadway

May 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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If they disobeyed the coach's asinine instruction and gameplan, they would be sitting in the press box with Richards. The fact the coach wasn't tailoring the gameplan to the players' abilities is on him.

those asinine instructions and gameplan got them to within one game of The Finals last season....and they started the abbreviated season with essentially the same team

May 30, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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the O.T. goal was, in this ex-goalie's opinion...pretty soft. I bet The Monster would have stopped it (man...that was harsh...my apologies to the Red Wings faithful)

I am no Howard enthusiast, but he was screened on the shot.

A prime example of something many players need to remember. Shoot quickly, shoot when the goalie isn't set, and shoot when they do not expect you to. At this level, if the goalie sees the shot cleanly he is gonna stop it 99 times out of 100

 
May 30, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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those asinine instructions and gameplan got them to within one game of The Finals last season....and they started the abbreviated season with essentially the same team

alright, plus nash, in lieu of the oft-injured Dubie...whom I do like, but he gets hurt a lot and took a lot of stupid, badly timed penalties

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