We’re still awaiting the conference call with Glen Sather, and presumably John Tortorella, which now looks like it will be in the early evening.
Obviously there is some compensation issue, although it’s hard to imagine how Tampa Bay can be entitled to anything after firing the coach last June.
We were going to wait to post until after the conference call, but I just want to get a few things out there.
For one, Tortorella is the opposite of Renney in personality and in philosophy.
The man the Rangers (and Glen Sather) should have hired when he was already under contract as their interim coach in 2000 (for the last four games of that season) is fiery, ferocious and at times profane. MSG Network better assign somebody to keep a finger on the “bleep” button for its rink-side microphone.
And if you think this man will want Sean Avery on his team, well, there’s this clip from his most recent job as a TSN analyst.
In terms of on-ice, Renney was safe-safe-safe, whereas Tortorella is a “safe-is-death” guy. So expect more goals, finally, but we won’t know for a while if that will translate into wins or into 7-5 losses. Let’s not forget, Tortorella isn’t bringing any 30-goal scorers with him. He’s stuck with the same roster. So Henrik Lundqvist might want to get ready for some extra work.
But what I liked about Tortorella (who won an AHL championship with Rochester and a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay, and who was John Muckler’s assistant before Muckler and Neil Smith were fired with four games to go in ‘99-00) is how he holds people accountable. He will. He did it in wars with Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa. I remember when he took over for Muckler, how he hollered about the pride an Original Six team should have, how players should take more responsibility when they wear the Rangers uniform, and about how disgraceful he thought the performance of that team had been before the firings.
Renney’s biggest fault wasn’t his system. It was his unwillingness to hold his high-priced stars accountable. That is all about to change.
I’ll be back later with any news on the negotiations with Tampa Bay, and/or Sather’s comments from the conference call.
SORRY, THAT SECOND VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED … but you can read the quote on that page anyway. It pretty much says it all about Tortorella’s feelings for Avery.