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Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 4:17 pm
 
jtresponseBy: Adam Gretz

When John Tortorella was informed on Monday night that Sharks forward Joe Thornton referred to the Ranger as "the softest team" they played on their current road trip, the New York bench boss offered a rather surprising, calm and reasonable response following his team's 5-2 win: "Wonderful."

Thornton has since backtracked on the "soft" remark and said it was not the word he was looking for, but after having an opportunity to sleep on it, and confirm the actual comments, Tortorella came out firing on Tuesday morning at the Rangers practice facility. According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Tortorella, who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first (and to this point only) Stanley Cup championship during the 2003-04 season, let loose with the type of response we should have originally expected. Anger.

From the Daily News:
“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.”
Now that's more like it. The biggest criticism that is constantly pointed in Thornton's direction is what is basically the never does it when it matters argument, and how his teams have typically been postseason disappointments. For all of the regular season success Thornton and his teams have had throughout his career, the playoffs have been a mountain they've been unable to climb whether it's been in Boston or San Jose.

Of course, while Thornton has yet to experience a Stanley Cup, he has won something in the NHL on an individual level, taking home the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer and the Hart Trophy as the MVP during the 2005-06 season.

That counts for something, right?

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

Joe Thornton is as overpaid as they come.  All the points in the world in the regular season but when a tough playoff series comes along he's nowhere to be found.  Compare his regular season stats to his career playoff stats and you'll see he's not even close to what he should be at crunch time.  Like Torts said, until Joe wins something, he really should shut his mouth.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

In an effort to NOT say something inappropriate in response to the pathetic comments by Joe Thorton, Tortorella held his tongue and uttered "Wonderful".  After sleeping on the 5-2 victory Tortorella issued a well thought out bashing.  Way to go John.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:19 am
 

Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

Who ever said Joe Thornton was a valedictorian?  He later tried to retract the "soft" word, saying it wasn't the appropriate word in the circumstances, probably wasn't going to be something nice though; if he could have a do-over he may have said something like, "the most scoring challenged bunch of misfits he's come across in a long time."  Under the same circumstances, Torts brilliant comment was, "wonderful" until he went home crying and got his Mommy to write him a real killer comeback that he couldn't wait to deliver the next day and take all the credit!

 




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

Awesome stuff. You tell it Torts!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

I hate the Rangers and everything about them, but I also cant help but to like Tortorella. The dude just cracks me the hell up.





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

Not a Rangers fan, nor I am a Ranger hater even though they beat my Canucks in 7 in 94, great series.. anyways I love Tortorella, thank god we have some guys in sports who still speak there mind and actually realize they aren't politicians, they don't have to sugar coat everything they say. He says in one sentence he is a great player, which is true..but for all that talent, all that 1st round hype..he has yet to lead his team to anything besides regular season success..... I mean if a team is "soft" and they still beat you 5-2, then what does that make your team? softer?

I agree with you Noles, I loved hearing what Tortorella had to say.  What I love about it the most is the fact he slept on it first and then slammed Thorton.  Most coaches would say something on the spot and then retract their statements if they went overboard... not this guy.  Gotta love him.  And oh yeah, I have one question.  How can Joe Thornton, a guy that goes from a point a game player and a plus player every regular season to a playoff bust call anybody soft?  Pro-rate his 109 playoff games to an 82 game season and he's a 60 point player in the playoffs with a plus/minus of minus 20.  Now THAT is SOFT.....  He goes from a 25 goal scorer in an 82 game regular season to 18 goals in 109 career playoff games... STELLAR... 12 goals in his last 81 playoff games..... now that's almost clutch. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Tortorella offers another response to Thornton

Not a Rangers fan, nor I am a Ranger hater even though they beat my Canucks in 7 in 94, great series.. anyways I love Tortorella, thank god we have some guys in sports who still speak there mind and actually realize they aren't politicians, they don't have to sugar coat everything they say. He says in one sentence he is a great player, which is true..but for all that talent, all that 1st round hype..he has yet to lead his team to anything besides regular season success..... I mean if a team is "soft" and they still beat you 5-2, then what does that make your team? softer?


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