To all Fansided readers: I apologize for being MIA for quite a while. I’m back though, and here to inform you on what John Tortorella can do for you, and especially, the New York Rangers.
As you all know, Tortorella is best known for his Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup championship over the Calgary Flames. His record with Tampa Bay was 239-222-36-38. His unorthodox tactics would get him into trouble a few times, between rotating goaltenders frequently, cursing off a New York Post reporter, and aggressive game play on the ice/bench. Which would eventually lead to his firing. Now he is in his second year with those who bleed blue. And I can’t lie, I couldn’t be happier. Even though Tom Renney was the man, he couldn’t quite get the job done.
Tortorella had the Rangers finish off the 2008-2009 season strong at 12-7, gaining the seventh seed while almost dismantling the heavily favored Washington Capitals. We all know how that turned out (game 7 loss). All in all, it was a season to look back on and think, “Hey, we’ll get it next year”. Problem with that thinking is that the Rangers know how to prove everyone wrong (as we missed that eighth seed spot, to an unprovable Eastern Conference contender in the Montreal Halak’s).
Now, in his second full year with the Rangers, Torts is at it again, forming a supporting cast for Chris Drury, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Henrik Lundqvist, and friends. With the addition of Buffalo’s left winger Tim Kennedy, Los Angeles’ left winger Alexander Frolov, Wisconsin Badger defenseman Ryan McDonagh, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Steve Eminger, and Islander’s goalie Marty Buron, we can be set for, what I think will be a remarkable run in the playoffs. (Along with a playoff run, Tortorella can provide some entertaining bench play, as he was fined and suspended a playoff game against Washington for squirting a fan behind the bench and then trying to poke the fan with a players hockey stick through the glass. Classic.)
Tortorella had a hand in these pickups, obviously, but we’ll have to wait and see what this Torts/Sather tandem proves during this upcoming season.