Well, sorry to the people on the “Fire Torts” bandwagon, but John Tortorella is here to stay. The NY Post is reporting that Tortorella signed a three-year extension to stay onboard as head coach of the New York Rangers. Can’t really argue that he doesn’t deserve it. Look at how well he’s developed many of our young players, and look at what he did with a broken, inexperienced, and majority of the time, depleted, roster. Of course, this is New York, and this is sports. Tortorella will be judged in the long-run on his ability to get this team at the top of the league and deep into the playoffs. I think we’re all getting a little tired of these 7th-8th seed finishes and 1st or 2nd round playoff exits. I have faith that he’ll get the job done. Even if YOU don’t like him, there’s considerable evidence that suggests the PLAYERS do, and that’s what matters most. If players are buying into the coach’s system then that’s a big step in the right direction. The winner of this, outside of Tortorella and the Rangers of course, is Larry Brooks, who is now ensured three more years of publicity.
Here’s video of Tortorella’s reaction to getting extended: