oldnews Posted December 11, 2015 Share Posted December 11, 2015 Tortorella is "embarrassed". He's calling out his team publicly again. Question: does that actually work coming from him at this point, or has he played that card to death over the years? He's also, apparently, still defending the 0-1 deficit. "We're in our end zone the whole night - so nothing changed in that area." This new Torts, the one that Columbus gave another shot - was supposed to be a new Torts that had learned....(seem to have heard that line before). But not surprisingly, he's still picking fights with his best players - and it's spilling into the public eye - again. Scott Hartnell - 21 points - healthy scratched. Brandon Saad - making him into a bottom six forward. First game in CBJ - calls out Johansen and has since proceeded to experiment with moving him to the wing. "Obviously I am not doing a good enough job to get the team ready in these type of situations. I am totally embarrassed by the way we played." Surely Columbus' core isn't too old and stale..... could it be Torts' methodology that fits that description? (Unfair rhetorical question?) In any event, Daniel and Henrik say hi and wish you the best Torts. (and thanks for the 2nd btw) In fairness - [counterpoint] - Tortorella stepped into a bit of a hot mess, but is he the right guy for the job? On the other hand, he stepped into a situation where a team with a lot of talent was underachieving (in the short run). The CBJ finished very strongly last year - were they a bit hasty in dumping Richards? Seems to me that Tortorella is a coach who, when faced with this kind of adversity, starts throwing it all in the blender. It's like desperation with no rhyme or reason - and an admission that he doesn't have answers.... I just don't see how that stabilizes a struggling franchise. So the question is - did the CBJ make the right call? Will they turn it around under Torts - or are they headed for a high pick this year (ala Jake Virtanen - and perhaps compensation for the 2nd they lost in signing Torts) - and wind up bringing in another coach to clean up the extra layer of mess they're creating this year? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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