Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 05/17/11 at 02:27 PM ET
From Gary Shelton at St. Petersburg Times:
Think of Boucher as a surgeon’s scalpel. Think of Tortorella as a Viking’s broadsword. Think of Boucher as your favorite teacher. Think of Tortorella as your grumpy uncle. Think of Boucher playing chess. Think of Tortorella playing with fire.
You know, like that.
None of this is meant to lessen the impact of either coach. Frankly, the world needs diplomats, and it needs trail bosses. When you consider the job Boucher has done this year, and the job that Torts did in his years, Tampa Bay should feel a fondness for both men. At this point, the most fair thing you can say is that Tortorella was the perfect coach for the championship team, and Boucher has been the perfect coach for this one.
“I think there are a lot more similarities than differences,” said Nigel Kirwan, the Lightning’s video coach who worked for both men. “They’re both pretty intense in their desire to win. And when they lose, they’re both men you want to stay away from. Neither one of them likes losing, which is why I think they’ve both been successful.”
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