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Tortorella With More On Thornton’s Words, Thornton Backs-Off

from Pat Leonard of the Blueshirts Blog,

John Tortorella did not appreciate Sharks captain Joe Thornton calling the Rangers soft after the Blueshirts defeated San Jose, 5-2, Monday night. Not one bit.

“Yeah it caught me off-guard when it was brought up after the game,” Tortorella said at the team’s Greenburgh practice facility Tuesday morning. “It surprised me, and I’ve never heard a player say that. Joe’s a heck of a player, but here’s a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn’t won a g—damn thing in this league. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I’ve never had it happen like that before.”

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via Darren Dreger tweet,

Thornton says “soft” was not the right word to describe Rangers. He was frustrated says it was a game SJ should have won with NYR struggling

added 8:36pm, video of Torts from yesterday after the game and today after practice can be watched below…

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Joe’s a heck of a player, but here’s a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn’t won a g—damn thing in this league. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up.

Hilarious. Sounds like it could have come from any one of the “19” in the past year or so. But coming from Torts makes it just that much funnier.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/01/11 at 05:59 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

The diving, whining & bad ankle slashing Jumbo Choke got served.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 11/01/11 at 06:12 PM ET

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Love it.  Go Torts.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 11/01/11 at 06:26 PM ET

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Tortorella had not won anything in this league at Thornton’s age either.  He was not even in the NHL at that age.  What’s the logic to say that only Stanley Cup winners are allowed to comment on which teams are strong and which teams are soft, in the regular season?  Thornton has won plenty of awards in the regular season.  On the other hand, Tortorella has never won anything other than a division winner or played a game at the NHL level.
The way Tortorella defended his team was as classless if not more than Thornton’s “soft” comment.

Posted by Kel on 11/01/11 at 07:14 PM ET

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Of course more Dead Wings whining about other teams. Got to love Kuklas Korner, I mean The Red Wings Korner. Cause that is all this site is.

Posted by Hockey from San Jose on 11/01/11 at 07:41 PM ET

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Of course more Dead Wings whining about other teams. Got to love Kuklas Korner, I mean The Red Wings Korner. Cause that is all this site is.

You have a strange definition of whining. I didn’t see any whining in the previous posts by Wings’ fans. Joy, perhaps. Whining? Not so much.

BTW, if you look closely at the sidebar, you’ll notice that most of the blogs here are not Wings oriented. In fact, only two are: A2Y and TMR. If you don’t like KK, don’t come here. No one is forcing you to read these blogs.

But I would be bitter too if my team hadn’t won anything except one President’s Trophy and some Pacific Division banners in 20 years.

Posted by Seaner on 11/01/11 at 08:08 PM ET

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Got to love Kuklas Korner, I mean The Red Wings Korner. Cause that is all this site is.

Posted by Hockey from San Jose on 11/01/11 at 05:41 PM ET

A vast majority of this site is not Red Wings related. But it seems to me the Red Wings have entered your kitchen, and refuse to leave.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/01/11 at 08:52 PM ET

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The Red Wings Korner. Cause that is all this site is.

Hey, I have an idea. There’s a sharks blog and several other team blogs on this site. Sign up and become a presence.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/01/11 at 08:58 PM ET

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HA.

Posted by godblender on 11/02/11 at 01:04 AM ET

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Tortorella had not won anything in this league at Thornton’s age either.  He was not even in the NHL at that age.  What’s the logic to say that only Stanley Cup winners are allowed to comment on which teams are strong and which teams are soft, in the regular season?  Thornton has won plenty of awards in the regular season.  On the other hand, Tortorella has never won anything other than a division winner or played a game at the NHL level.
The way Tortorella defended his team was as classless if not more than Thornton’s “soft” comment.

Tortorella defending his team is what a coach should do.  The fact that he didn’t start throwing accusations in Thornton’s direction shows he did show restraint and was just calmly stating his opinion on the matter.  Tortorella is a guy who often freaks out at the media and the fact that he didn’t here shows some more maturity from him.  If you listen to him he sounds shocked that Thornton actually said that and for as good of a player as Thornton is he should not have insulted a team by calling them “soft,” especially a team that just beat you.  It really was classless for him to call the Rangers soft, which really insults the entire make up and personality of a team and its players.  If he had said that he thought the Sharks played a better game than the Rangers did that is his opinion and he is entitled to it, but to call a team “soft” is not acceptable and he knows that as he later said that he had used the wrong words.

There is no logic that anyone who wins a cup can call people “soft.”  No one should be calling a team that unless they wish to create some media backlash.  A classy and mature player doesn’t insult the make up of a team like that, which makes the fact that Thornton said this a shock to many people.  He is a very good player and is not someone who would be expected to say something like this.

And for the record, Tortorella won the Stanley Cup as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.  Do some research next time.

Posted by Jon S on 11/02/11 at 01:08 AM ET

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Joe Thornton was just saying they should’ve beaten this weak struggling team that are the Rangers. In a way, he was calling out his team after that performance. I don’t see anything wrong with that. Honestly, I thought it was even more classless of Torts to attack Joe Thornton personally. Sure Torts has a ring, but he hasn’t done much after that. Plus, the Rangers played a Sharks team that played 3 games in 4 days and the Sharks just won 5 in a row.

Posted by Andrew from San Jose, CA on 11/02/11 at 08:16 AM ET

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