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John Tortorella Is A Fine Coach

May 31, 2013

Six of the eight coaches in the NHL quarterfinals had won a Stanley Cup title. One of those coaches, John Tortorella of the New York Rangers, was fired after the Boston Bruins eliminated the Rangers in five games.

Tortorella, who coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup title, also guided the Rangers to the top record in the last NHL full season in 2011-2012.

The Rangers made it to the semi-finals before losing to the New Jersey Devils in six games.

There have been worse cases, especially in the NHL, where coaches won the Cup and were let go within a few years. However, Tortorella deserved better and is not the Rangers’ problem.

In fact, what is the problem? Only one team can win it all and the Rangers have done pretty well, especially under Tortorella.

Tortorella will have no problem getting an NHL job though he can be testy with the media. If I were asked the same inane questions night after night, I might not get testy as I would realize how lucky I am not to “dig ditches,” but I would ask silently can’t they do better than this?

Speaking of “better than this,” it is hard to predict sports, especially the NHL. Add to that, the fact this season was only  48 games.

I have no real “feel” on the Rangers going forward, but cite the “Tortorella years” as good ones, something not all that abundant in New York Rangers’ history.

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