Remember the good old days when John Tortorella would blow off the media instead of answering questions after a match? It’s a vague description, I know. Because Torts, as he’s known, tends to do that pretty much everywhere he coaches. Tampa Bay, New York, Vancouver, Columbus and
probably eventually Philadelphia.
But Martin St-Louis’ mentor doesn’t have to wait until he’s behind the Flyers’ bench to be back in the spotlight for a few of his comments.
He’s that good, if you’ll pardon the irony. But more importantly, he’s been around the show so long, there’s no shortage of stories about him. That, and the fact that he seems to have missed quite a few morale classes in little school when he was young!
The most recent story was revealed by Brandon Prust, when the two men crossed paths in the Big Apple with the Rangers. Appearing on the Missin’ Curfew podcast, hosted by Shane O’Brien and Scottie Upshall, Marie-Pier Morin’s former partner revealed a story about the fiery coach and Brad Richards that made me cringe.
You’ll see, it doesn’t make any sense!
Torts told Brad Richards to go out and do drugs because he was in a slump #NYR
– Missin Curfew (@MissinCurfew) August 19, 2023
“I remember when Richards arrived in New York, we became good friends. Richy started a little slow, we started a little slow and Torts being Torts, he probably didn’t sleep if we lost.
We went out after the game one night and Torts had to call Richy on the way home. Richy comes in and says, “Torts just called me, told me to do drugs and stuff.”
Torts told him, “Richy, I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but get out of your house, go have a blast, take drugs or something.”” – Brandon Prust
I can’t believe it!
Winning is important. I understand that, but not to the point of encouraging someone to take drugs and possibly fall back into their old demons. Winning isn’t THAT IMPORTANT.
Despite this, the old-timer stayed on. Worse, he made it to the third round of the playoffs, his longest spring run with them. It’s as if life has proven him right.
I hope this story makes waves in Philadelphia and that he doesn’t stay on too long.
He can go back to rocking on his front porch, whining that his lawn isn’t green enough for his taste. As long as he’s away from the NHL, I’ll be very happy.
– How do you describe Lane Hutson? This answer is just perfect.
Steven Ellis on Lane Hutson.
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) August 21, 2023
– To see a little more of what David Reinbacher is capable of.
I collected highlights from David Reinbacher’s preseason game on Aug. 15. Here are a few examples of his play with the puck. You would not guess that he’s just 18 years of age…brimming with confidence.
You can watch the entire video here: https://t.co/8xMIG0UsHP pic.twitter.com/InrkzTGnW9
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) August 22, 2023
– Speaking of Canadian hopefuls, Vinzenz Rohrer has chosen an alternative path. It remains to be seen if it will lead him to the NHL.
– Toutsurlehockey.com (@Toutsurlehockey) August 22, 2023
– We forget how Joe Thornton was once an incredible passer. It’s amazing!
Most assists in a season in the cap era:
96 – Joe Thornton (the year he was traded)
92 – Joe Thornton (the year after)
89 – Connor McDavid
87 – Nikita Kucherov
85 – Jonathan Huberdeau
84 – Sidney Crosby
Imagine trading the best playmaker in the world DURING his best season. pic.twitter.com/BJcp1ROu5w
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) August 21, 2023