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No Compassion For Gaborik

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So who exactly is being disrespectful to Rangers players, the writer who suggests a game plan based primarily on blocking shots and packing the defensive zone might not be broad enough to win the Stanley Cup, or the coach on his way to the summer who takes a verbal swipe at a player he knew to have played the final two rounds of the playoffs with a substantial injury?

Marian Gaborik, who first revealed his condition during a press conference in Slovakia before the Rangers confirmed it yesterday morning, will undergo surgery next Wednesday in New York to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, an injury he either sustained early in the first round of the playoffs against Ottawa….

It was an injury that obviously diminished Gaborik’s capacity to compete as the Rangers progressed through the tournament, but one to which coach John Tortorella made not even a passing reference on Monday’s breakup day while stating that the team’s best players hadn’t played well enough in the six-game conference finals defeat to the Devils and then chose to ignore during a radio interview on Wednesday while critiquing/criticizing Gaborik’s effort against New Jersey.

“Gabby ... still has to learn, I believe, along with a number of our guys ... that when you get to the conference finals — and Gabby wasn’t bad in the first two rounds — as it ratchets up and there are four teams left, you have to get it to another level, and I don’t think he was able to,” Tortorella said on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio.

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Brookes should preface all articles involving Tortorella with a disclaimer.  He has a long history of conflict with Torts.  he uses these stories as a foil to take shots at him. 

He should be a man and go face to face with Torts instead of constantly sniping at him.  Tortorella took a mediocre team and got to within 2 wins of a Stanley Cup Final.  Brookes once worked in the Devils front office, that’s the closest he has ever come to winning anything. 

I don’t object to his criticism so much as i disagree with his agenda.

Posted by 13 user names on 06/02/12 at 02:19 PM ET

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Brookes should preface all articles involving Tortorella with a disclaimer.  He has a long history of conflict with Torts.  he uses these stories as a foil to take shots at him.

He should be a man and go face to face with Torts instead of constantly sniping at him.  Tortorella took a mediocre team and got to within 2 wins of a Stanley Cup Final.  Brookes once worked in the Devils front office, that’s the closest he has ever come to winning anything.

I don’t object to his criticism so much as i disagree with his agenda.

He treates the flyers same way by bashing Ed Snider or paul holmgren same way for no reason. his sunday column’s don’t even make sense anymore, sadly it’s predictable.

Posted by FlyersFan on 06/02/12 at 04:00 PM ET

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Watching a dispute between Brooks and Tortorella is like watching a slapfight between Hitler and Stalin.  I don’t want either one to win, but I really wish they’d do some *#$%@& damage.

Posted by Savage Henry on 06/02/12 at 07:28 PM ET

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Watching a dispute between Brooks and Tortorella is like watching a slapfight between Hitler and Stalin.  I don’t want either one to win, but I really wish they’d do some *#$%@& damage.

Posted by Savage Henry on 06/02/12 at 05:28 PM ET

That would be just too funny, Henry.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/02/12 at 08:04 PM ET

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