By now, you’ve all heard the news – John Tortorella was relieved of his duties as head coach earlier today. I’ll admit, it completely caught me off guard. The fact that it caught every person who is around the team (beat writers, media) by surprise as well, I don’t think I was wrong to think he would make it to the fall.
But something happened at some point in the past couple of weeks that led Glen Sather to this decision. The media is reporting that it was things said (specifically by Henrik Lundqvist) in exit interviews. That’s possible. But no one took note of the fact Sather didn’t speak on Monday. In the past, he has made some sort of appearance on break-up day.
We can sit and second guess things we saw and heard till next season starts but the truth is we will never know what led to today’s decision. I will say, with the knowledge I have, I don’t agree with it. But I obviously don’t have all the facts. Torts was a big piece of what the Rangers have become the past few years so I will give him his due on here as well as discuss my thoughts on possible options (hint: no Messier) in the coming days.
In the meantime, I say thanks Torts. I appreciate what you’ve done for this team and organization.