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"Top players" played role in firing of John Tortorella

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06:50 AM ET 05.31 | The New York Rangers made a gusty move on Thursday when they fired oft-outspoken head coach John Tortorella, but it apparently wasn't without good reason. While some may have viewed Tortorrella as a throwback coach who didn't take crap from anyone, the players he coached didn't share that sentiment and the New York Daily News reports that "top players" on Tortorella's team were involved in getting him fired. While the players remained nameless, certain names surface in your mind when you think about guys who weren't seeing eye-to-eye with Torts during the 2013 season. Sean Avery tweeted back in March that he wanted Torts fired, going as far as to publicly call his former head coach a "clown". There were also rumblings that netminder Henrik Lundqvist wasn't sold on re-signing with the Rangers as long as Tortorella was head coach, which is something management seemed to have taken to heart when they made the decision to let Torts go.

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John Tortorella, AP Photo/Charles Krupa John Tortorella, AP Photo/Charles Krupa
May 31, 2013  04:26 PM ET

not surprising

May 31, 2013  04:37 PM ET

Sean Avery tweeted back in March that he wanted Torts fired, going as far as to publicly call his former head coach a "clown".



Takes one to know one...SA, the voice of reason.

May 31, 2013  05:16 PM ET

"It's being handled by top men." "Who?" "TOP men."

May 31, 2013  09:15 PM ET

Would they have still fired him if all the team liked him?

 
June 1, 2013  01:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Would they have still fired him if all the team liked him?

Probably. It's a results based business.

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