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The John Tortorella thing just keeps getting better. Before Game 4 - and after he embarrassed himself, his organization and the league with his press-conference performances - Lord Torts suddenly found a use for the media when his player, Brandon Prust, was facing a suspension

Just like that, The Great Man turned into Winston Churchill. He talked about the Devils’ many crimes against the Rangers. He talked about their under-handed tricks on the power play. He defended Prust at length. It was great stuff.

But here’s the thing. If you’re going to be a jerk, be a full-time jerk. At least that way people know who they’re dealing with. You can’t be a jerk 80 per cent of the time, then turn into Mr. Thoughtful when it suits.

But that’s Tortorella. He isn’t even good at being a jerk.

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province.



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Nathan's avatar

He’s a pretty good hockey coach. Seems the only people that like to criticize him are the media types that don’t get exactly what they want out of him. Of course we need the media, but these types of articles are just the media trying to inject more importance into their work than there really is (especially nowadays with new media and those gorsh darned bloggers!).

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/22/12 at 10:45 AM ET

YYZerman's avatar

I’m sure this reporter knows him personally enough to know he’s a jerk. I’m mean yea he isn’t your typical “it is what it is” quote, but to call him a jerk because he isn’t friendly with reporters is just not called for. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I watched Scotty Bowman for so long, but he’s doing exactly what he wants. He’s getting reporters that aren’t good at their job talking about him and not his players. If you’re going to just focus on him and how he’s a “jerk” then he’s doing just want he wants.

Posted by YYZerman from Detroit, Michigan on 05/22/12 at 03:17 PM ET

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