So the knives are out among the NY press corps and they aren’t holding back a thing. You have to love the irony of Lupica’s first sentence. “This isn’t about the way Tortorella occasionally treated reporters just trying to do their jobs.” Do you think he typed that with a straight face? It’s worth noting that Larry Brooks, the author of the second column I linked to, has had a pretty stormy relationship with Torts. You can see him and Torts go at it in this “Top 10 Tortorella Moments” video. Brooks is involved in #5 and #1. So, I don’t really know how much of this is “real” reporting and how much of this is dancing on the grave. I get why the press didn’t like Torts, I wouldn’t have liked him much if I had to deal with him either.
The thing that worries me is if the stories are true then Glen Sather fired Torts to make his players happy. That’s a slippery slope to go down. Getting rid of Torts will make them happy right now, but will they stay happy? And what happens if they don’t like the next coach? Anarchy in the lockeroom is never a good thing.