John Tortorella: New York Rangers Coach’s Short Press Conference

May 16, 2012 – 10:59 pm by Ryan Phillips

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella has become known for his post-game press conferences. He often says far more than he should and is the definition of outspoken. Honestly, the guy is gold with a microphone in his face.

But after his team’s 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Tortorella was not feeling particularly talkative. He gave a series of one-word answers and opted to “keep it in the room.” Whatever that means.

The above video is the press conference in its entirety. All one minute and 24 seconds of it.

Given Tortorella’s nature that was crazy. Absolutely crazy. I mean he might as well have not even shown up.

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  1. 25 Responses to “John Tortorella: New York Rangers Coach’s Short Press Conference”

  2. John Tortorella is a total ignorant idiot. Classless little man

    By Dan on May 17, 2012

  3. You obviously have no idea what the meaning of the word “ignorant” is. By definition, Dan, YOU are ignorant and an idiot. The rise of the Rangers under Torts is obvious. If it works, it works. Who gives a crap if you are offended? Next time, refrain from making ignorant comments yourself, Dan. You just embarrass yourself.

    By Richard on May 17, 2012

  4. Tortorella is a cocky little punk. He thinks he is bigger then the game.

    By Tony on May 17, 2012

  5. Right on Richard, It’s people like Dan that makes you wish sometimes that you had to pass some basic intelligence test before you could purchase and possess a keyboard. People can say that John is rude or whatever, but ignorant or an idiot he is not. Sometimes even adults cloud the truth with there emotions to the point it makes them look ridiculously stupid.

    By Modern Day Machiavelli on May 17, 2012

  6. He’s been doing this all playoffs after his team loses. He is a baby. Wahhhh reporters have tough questions. Wahhhh one word answers is all I can think of. Wahhhhh I have no idea why we lost so i can’t comment. Part of his job is to speak with the media at the post-game. He is not setting a good example for his young players. Might as well just avoid the press conference and take the fine like a man instead of acting like a child.

    By Jay on May 17, 2012

  7. If he doesn’t like talking to the media, he doesn’t need to coach in the best/most popular league in the world, in the greatest city in the world (which also has the most media!). This comes from a die hard Rangers fan who has no beef with his coaching–I just wish he could handle this with a little more class as the questions he’s being asked aren’t out of bounds at all. We all know you can answer questions without answering them, “It’s just something I felt I needed to do, but we’re moving on now and focused on winning the next game.” No information, nice answer to ANY question, and these writers can still write their articles. Torts needs to just watch a few Jeter interviews so we can skip this embarrassing sideshow. At the end of the day winning is all that counts as far as a coach retaining his job and the support of the fans, but these guys in the media who he has so much contempt for bust their asses too–as any blogger could attest to, writing for these publications is a tough gig to land and a long journey to get to cover something as awesome as the eastern conference finals. So for young guys getting their first shot and old vets like Stan Turkey Neck Fischler (god bless him) who’ve dedicated their lives to bringing hockey to as many fans as possible…bottom line is they just don’t deserve this kind of crap. I wish Torts all the Rangers the best in the series, but this really is out of control. The media brings the game to us, the fans–that’s their job, and he has no business having this much contempt for them. If he’s pissed after a loss, fine, but do something constructive like beating Mike Milbury with his own shoe. Until he does that, defending Torts just because we’re 7 wins away from the Cup is a selfish cop-out, because a part of a coach’s job is also to be the face of the franchise and frankly this is just embarrassing.

    By TimClancy35 on May 17, 2012

  8. Can not BELIEVE the nj devils trying to stop rangers fans being at games,selling only to devils fans,You Dont see the rangers being so childish,what devils fans fail to realize is they have only been in nj since 1983,Before that any nj hockey fans were mostly rangers or islanders fans,they say rangers fans are babies chanting mar-ty mar-ty,yet ANY NJ DEVILS HOME GAMES,they chant Let’s Go Devils/Rangers Su*k-This isnt CHILDISH?!?! Just play the games,Better team wins!

    By NYRFAN4EVR on May 17, 2012

  9. Like the media or not,John is the coach,Just go out there and answer some questions for 10 minutes or so,seems very angry every single time!

    By NYRFAN4EVR on May 17, 2012

  10. Also Great Game by the Devils Looks to be a Great Series,Nothings better than Brodeur-Lundqvist matchup!Could be another 7 game series for rangers!

    By NYRFAN4EVR on May 17, 2012

  11. And ‘let’s keep it in the room” means what?? Still waiting for a breakdown of that. If your gonna be a jerk at least make sense

    By Timmifer on May 17, 2012

  12. Torttorella’s a real class act. I think he’s even more condescending than Glen Sather……if that’s possible!

    By RR on May 17, 2012

  13. I wouldn’t mind him keeping his rat face “in the room”.

    By RR on May 17, 2012

  14. Gotta love reporters. Boo Hoo the coach won’t talk to us. Love Tortorella and his attitude. Screw the little oxygen thieves, that found they can’t produce anything in life, so they became reporters.

    By Alpha Dog on May 17, 2012

  15. Torts is doing EXACTLY what he did during the Lightning’s run to the Cup here in Tampa in 2004. He is drawing ALL the criticism/scrutiny towards himself…and saving his players from it! No one is talking about Lundquist’s sub-par performance, the sketchy D, the lopsided face-off totals. The players are able to focus on hockey while Torts takes the heat. So to quote the embattled coach… “SHUT YOUR YAP!” Ranger Fan. This guy knows exactly what he’s doing!

    By Mike C on May 17, 2012

  16. And BTW Timmifer.. “Keep it in the room” means Torts is keeping that info between he and his players, NOT letting the media in on the locker room conversations.

    By Mike C on May 17, 2012

  17. He’s the worst! What a jerk.

    By pwm522 on May 17, 2012

  18. While no Devils fan, I hope they win the rest of them vs the Rangers just so we don’t have to deal with this assclown’s smugness any longer……

    By pwm522 on May 17, 2012

  19. Hearing Coach Tortorella’s tirades during past press conferences and hearing some of the foul language he uses in the dressing room, the one word answers are positve change at this time. He is a talented hockey man and fans should support this change.

    By Vicki W on May 18, 2012

  20. Lol,all fans think they’re an expert on their team,know what they are thinking,like they have some inside info,no other fan has,one mans opinion,that’s all,Hell i have been a fan for 41 years,i like john tortorella,his no nonsense approach reminds me of iron mike,to me very similar….players working hard and bought into his system,Gotta love the team and promising kids in the system,for these reasons i dont care if he talks to the media or not,just keep getting better…..Rangers have to go out and take game 3 at the rock !!

    By NYRFAN4EVR on May 18, 2012

  21. “Keep it in the room” means that it is a discussion/topic between he and the team – IN THE LOCKER ROOM


    By Ray on May 18, 2012

  22. Fonz ain’t so cool anymore, is he!? Ayyyyeeee!

    By Drew on May 18, 2012

  23. Media never did any team better,all media bla bla bla is useless.Stop talking play hockey

    By lubos on May 18, 2012

  24. Mike C NAILED it! He is deflecting all the negativity to himself, so his players aren’t distracted. “Keeping it in the room” also means “what I say to my players is none of your business”. Everyone saw he sat Gaborik for the first 10 minutes of the 3rd. He’s definitely doing the right things with the club. And no, I’m nowhere close to being a Rangers fan. As far as everyone’s panties being in a bunch about his press conferences, do you really expect him to be chipper about losing? Yeah, he is the face of the team, they lost and he HATES it. The media get’s to nitpick every single decision he makes, he has to go with his gut, his feelings, and his passion. I don’t think it’s anything that you see but the passion and loyalty he has for his players, and what he’s trying to (and succeeding in doing) for the Rangers organization.

    By Meeks on May 18, 2012

  25. @ NYRFAN4EVR First things first, The devils have been in NJ since 82, not 83. So before you criticize the fans get the facts straight. Second , what is the problem with Devils’ fans wanting to sell their tickets to other Devils fans? If they want to see OUR arena filled with our fans, what’s wrong with that? We all know the reason Rangers’ fans want those tickets is because all of the good seats in The Garden are corporate owned and no loyal fan can get their hands on them for a reasonable price. NY fans have always had a superiority complex over NJ fans. Rangers fans in particular. I don’t worry about what the other teams are doing, just my own. This is all just my humble opinion.

    By DevilsFan"82 on May 20, 2012

  26. If you Can’t Act professionaly (Keep your A$$ IN THE ROOM)

    By tim on May 21, 2012

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