Following in true James Dolan fashion, the New York Rangers have fired head coach John Tortorella after a lackluster playoff performance that led in their early dismissal from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the semi-final round.
Tortorella served five season behind the bench in Madison Square Garden and was out in five games against the Boston Bruins.
"Some of the responsibility falls on me,” he said in his last press conference as coach. “One of the big things of this series, I could not — it does, it falls on me — it’s a big part of my job is to get your top players to play consistently, and I couldn’t do that.
“We tried, so I need to take some responsibility to try and get them in those spots to help us here. I thought that hurt us.”
And when guys like Rick Nash and Brad Richards turn up empty in the playoff run, then responsibility goes somewhere- usually behind the bench and not on the high-salaried players.
“It sucks,” Ryan Callahan said after Game 5. “There’s no worse feeling than this. We had a good team this year. It’s frustrating.”
And now, they'll do it with a new coach...
The HQ will miss his sound bites...
((HT: Hockey Webcast))