John Tortorella Is a Disappointment

March 23rd, 2010 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »
When you have a rotten owner, a bad GM, and an ineffective coach, what does it all add up to? A bad team, of course.

That’s what the Rangers are right now, a bad team.

Wasn’t John Tortorella supposed to bring a tireless work ethic, accountability, and toughness to the team?

Well, that didn’t happen.

The players are either tuning him out or he’s not doing his job. There’s no urgency, no sense of the season slipping away, and no sense that the players really care very much that they might miss the playoffs.

Where is the “if anything, a John Tortorella coached team will always work hard and won’t get pushed around—or else” sentiment that we heard about when he was hired? It seems the players stopped listening to him a long time ago.

Tortorella was hired as nice-guy Tom Renney’s opposite, but that didn’t translate into the team playing any harder or smarter for him than his predecessor.

Of course, the roster that was given to him by Glen Sather is deficient in just about every way possible (though Tortorella most likely had a hand in pi ...

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