Rangers coach John Tortorella wants player retaliation for cheap shots
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Rangers coach John Tortorella says the league has taken away the players’ ability to police themselves by penalizing retaliations on cheap shots.
He was reacting to the boarding done on Brad Richards by Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, calling the hit disgusting.
“If they let the players handle themselves and it comes from within on the ice as far as if someone cheap shots a guy, he knows he’s going to pay the price later in that game without all the supplementary discipline and penalties and all that, I think the players would be more aware,” he emphasized.
Tortorella also said he doesn’t agree with the media’s thinking that they need to get all the information. He added that while fans pay a lot of money, they put on a show for them in return, and they do not need to know everything about what’s going on with the club.
The Rangers coach came under fire recently for responding, “None of your business,” when a reporter asked him about winger Rick Nash’s undisclosed injury in late February. Nash was thought to have suffered a concussion, which caused him to miss four games.
Furthermore, Tortorella makes it known to his players that he doesn’t want them discussing injuries.
“I even tell my players, I don’t even want you talking about any injury or if you’re 50 percent or 75 percent,” he said.
He says he just asks trainer Jim Ramsay whether a player can play, and just wants a yes or no answer.