Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/13 at 08:08 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
You don’t have to squint all that hard to read between the lines of the “Clean Slate…Grab it” motto the Rangers are wearing on their sleeves — and their training camp T-shirts — in order to deduce this fresh start everyone, but everyone, apparently craves is as close to an organizational repudiation of the John Tortorella Era as anything you’re ever going to get.
About the only way it would be more obvious is if the players had been issued licensed apparel bearing the phrase, “Ding Dong the Witch is dead.”
Seriously, it’s as if the Rangers couldn’t wait to rinse the taste of the last four-plus seasons out of their mouths, even though the club achieved a reasonable measure of progress and success under Tortorella, who took the baton from Tom Renney and advanced it, though he, like every coach other than Mike Keenan over the last 73 years, fell short of the finish line.
Tortorella wasn’t fired due to a lack of results. He was fired as a matter of style as much as substance.
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