"I'm not going to answer your questions." (Photo: Robert Kowal/flickr)
Everyone has been going after Torts for his press conferences with the media. Could he be friendlier? Absolutely. But his personality hasn’t changed since he started coaching. And honestly, I have no problem with the answers he’s giving to the questions he’s getting.
Can you talk about this player’s play? No, he can’t. He has never called out a player in the media and isn’t about to start during the playoffs.
Can you explain this player’s ice time/change of lines? That would be discussing the player’s play. As I just said, he doesn’t discuss that publicly.
Any update on this player’s injury? Really??? No team answers this question during this time of year. I really wonder if the media asks it so they can say they asked because by now if they don’t know the answer, they need to find a new job.
What did you think about that call? You want an answer to that question? Tell the league to stop fining him. Then you will get an answer to that question. Otherwise, don’t bother asking.
What needs to change before the next game? Why doesn’t he just give you the entire game plan while he’s at it? Honestly, does any coach ever answer this question? Here’s a simple answer – if they lost, they need to score more goals. If they won, nothing.
How about we talk about the other team? Yes, some coaches talk about their opponent. Torts never has, never will. Accept it and move on. It’s really not as big of a deal as everyone makes it out to be.
What about we talk about you? This one is a preference one and I for one am totally okay with the fact that he only wants to talk about the team. Plus some people don’t like talking about themselves.
So what is the problem again?
How about the writers keep this in mind…how many players come to play for him again after they move to another team? Everyone knew Brad Richards was coming to the Rangers and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because he wanted to play with Marian Gaborik. Vinny Prospal and Ruslan Fedetenko – glad to play on the third or fourth line if that’s what Torts thinks is best. And do you see anyone asking for a trade due to the coach? Yeah, didn’t think so.
So how about we leave Torts alone and let him do what he does best – coach. I get that the media has to do their job but to complain about the responses they get makes them sound as whiny as some of the players they complain about. They know what they are going to get when they walk into a press conference with Torts. Maybe he’ll surprise them and give some answers. Odds are he won’t. I’m pretty sure they can still write an article about the team without saying the coach has an attitude. In fact, almost positive most of the national writers complaining about this have done that all season. If not, they really have nothing else to write about in the playoffs?