New York Rangers: How Long Is John Tortorella’s Leash?

November 11th, 2011 by Justin Spike Leave a reply »
In the midst of a five-game winning streak, the New York Rangers sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with their stock rising. The team’s young core of players is starting to blossom as they continue to build chemistry with the free agents that have been brought in over the past few summers.  So naturally, of course, it seems like the right time to question the stability of head coach John Tortorella’s job—it’s funny the way a sports fan’s mind works.

I do not mean to propose or even imply that Tortorella is anywhere close to losing his job. The success that the Rangers have had to begin the season—despite a trip to Europe, a four-game swing in Western Canada and the absence of Marc Staal, arguably the team’s most important player—is a true testament to the job done by Tortorella and his staff. 

I simply want to bring the question to the forefront: What does Tortorella have to accomplish this season in order to cement his job security going forward into next season? Where do we draw the line? Is it simply at making the playoffs or does Tortorella have to win a playoff round? Does he have to wi ...

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