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A Polite Dismissal

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

I think comedian George Carlin is one of the great minds of our time. And one of my favorite bits of his centers around the needless softening/wimpification of language. That was on display again Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Lightning sent out an e-mail announcing head coach (and preferred target of this space) John Tortorella “will not return” to the team.

I suppose it was just too hurtful to say the guy was dismissed. Perhaps the next franchise that fires a coach can do the Bolts one better and issue a press release that reads, “Coach X will be coaching the team next season (in spirit only).”

It’s funny that Proteau mentions this. When we first got the press release about the Tortorella story, it did make me pause for a moment.

For one thing, “will not return” could easily be intended to point out that a coach whose contract just expired won’t be re-signed—as happened with Joel Quenneville in Colorado recently.  And TSN was apparently concerned as well, as their own online headline reads “Tortorella No Longer Head Coach.” 

At KK, we opted to just go with “Lightning Fires Tortorella” after a moment’s debate. 

But I think the confusion came from the fact that every fan and journalist in hockey knew Torts was fired for such a long time before it was official, that getting a press release about it was almost confusing. 

If the team sends out a similar release for Barry Melrose getting hired, I fear we’re all going to just think it’s just a punchline to some joke we heard during the playoffs…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: barry+melrose, john+tortorella, media


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