John Jukes

18thMay. × ’12

John Tortorella has made this a fun post season. Not only is he doing his job and helping his team win, he’s adjusting and not throwing his players under the bus. Muckrakers hate that last bit. He’s flat out refused to discuss any single player and stuck to very simple true answers.

The muckrakers hate that too. Either an answer ignores the question or faces it. Ignoring a question (even a moronic one) would actually be rude. Answering it, on the other hand is about all media members should expect from anyone. The only people in a sports organization paid to make nice with the media are the PR guys (whatever their title) not the players, not the coaches, no one cares what the equipment managers think, and even the general managers have a fair amount of room to be themselves.

But make no mistake about it, Tortorella is drawing on his Masshole roots and applying shoe leather with malice aforethought. No one is breaking down the teams style of play and calling it boring. Gaborik who can’t seem to defend the puck from the newest member of a brownie troop hasn’t grabbed a single deadline. Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto both being minus players in the series even though they had a three to zero win in game one hasn’t been mentioned. No one’s asked once if having Sean Avery around to potentially get in the head of Martin Brodeur might not help open the series up. Brandon Dubinsky? Who’s he?

Its shameful that the entitlement media can’t find a single story to work. Tortorella not being loquacious is about as Bettman being booed in any arena he steps in. The whiners should pop the pacifiers back in their mouths and at least pretend to be professionals and find something else to write about.




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