John Tortorella is a lot of things. He is a Stanley Cup winning coach. He is an entertainer during press conferences. He is completely and entirely unfiltered. While many people appreciate that and even jump on the bandwagon when things are going well, they tend to not find it as humorous when things are going poorly. That may be the case right now as it relates to Tortorella and the New York Rangers, who are on the brink of elimination in the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With that, the question remains, will the Rangers fire Tortorella if the Boston Bruins sweep the Rangers on Thursday?
You know the background here as it relates to both Tortorella and the Rangers. The Blueshirts have gone out and spent a lot of money over the past couple of years and brought in some high priced talent. As of now, New York is still waiting on the sort of production from the likes of Brad Richards and Rick Nash that they saw before they acquired them in their previous locations. The defense has been inconsistent, while the power play has been less than anemic. Just listen to how many times NBC Sports called them pathetic during their Game 3 loss at home on Tuesday. It was embarrassing.
Tortorella has called out other coaches, members of the media, opposing players and even fans in the past. Recently, he has taken to calling out and throwing his own players under the bus, most notably, saying that Carl Hagelin ‘stinks’ every time he is put out on the power play. While many may find that to be an acceptable way to motivate a young player, others are growing tired of Tortorella’s act.
Suffice to say, with the Rangers on the verge of an unexpected sweep, Tortorella could be on thin ice in New York.
After all, former Rangers’ bad boy Sean Avery has been calling for it for months now, despite what current members of the Blueshirts’ are saying.