Humpday Hater Report 5-22-13
John Tortorella, nice-guy extraordinaire
Oh John, you never disappoint.
As is tradition after a loss, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was very short â€“ both in his answers and his fuse â€“ with reporters after his squad lost game two in Boston Sunday.
The fact that it was a 5-2 loss didnâ€™t make matters easier. When reporters asked Torts if he would evaluate goaltender Henrik Lundquist, he politely (by his standards) declined.
I donâ€™t blame him for supporting his goalie in the playoffs, but could you do it a little nicer, man?
I think Hockey News columnist Adam Proteau said it best on Twitter:
â€œPreview of Tortorellaâ€™s press conference: (Rangers PR): Hereâ€™s John. (Tortorella): WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? (Rangers PR): No more questions.â€
The Denver Post reported Tuesday that the Avalanche are in talks with Patrick Roy to make the beloved ex-goalie their new coach.
The report was based on Royâ€™s brother, Stephane, who told the paper, â€œTheyâ€™re discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge.â€
The key part of that? â€œColorado is going to be very happy.â€ So….Patrick wonâ€™t be? Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m overreacting to a miniscule detail (which is Step 1 of being a columnist, you future journalists), because Roy obviously wouldnâ€™t be doing this if he didnâ€™t want the job.
Roy has been coaching the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL since 2005. But itâ€™s not very often you see former goalies take over the reins of an NHL program. Can yinz think of anyone else? Moreover, someone successful?
(Iâ€™m not saying they donâ€™t exist, I just canâ€™t think of any – or look for any – in the time I have.)
Hockey down under
If youâ€™re among the group of people that didnâ€™t know hockey existed in Australia, wait until you hear this story.
In a contest Sunday between the New Castle North Stars and the Melbourne Ice, linesman Casper Russelhuber (only in Australia is a guy named Casper Russelhuber) was accidentally sandwiched between two players, and needed to leave the ice.
Enter Stephen White – an Australian Ice Hockey League announcer for ATC Productions, and minor league hockey official. White came down from his bench to officiate the remainder of the game.
White later said, â€œI suddenly got out there and realized thereâ€™s 2,000 people here, Iâ€™m on TV.â€
Because you werenâ€™t on TV to begin with?
White actually wore Russelhuberâ€™s uniform, because he didnâ€™t have one of his own.
After the game, on Twitter, White said, â€œ@NSAhockey @AIHL Thanks guys! Still donâ€™t really believe that happened but what an entrance nonetheless! #twojobsinone #fourthofficialâ€
Strange he didnâ€™t also thank Russelhuber – who I assume is OK – for getting plastered between two big Australian hockey players and allowing him the opportunity to showcase his skills away from the booth.
AHHHHHH! HEâ€™S TALKING ABOUT GOALIES
Thatâ€™s right. I am.
Vokoun has been a huge addition to the Penguins this season, and Pittsburgh very well may not be in the position itâ€™s in without him.
That being said, the people who want to get rid of Fleury are insane. It’s been boiling under my skin for years, and the playoffs finally brought it out of me.
Call me opinionated, disagree, whatever you need to do to feel better about this topic if youâ€™re not on the same level.
Iâ€™m not even aiming this at the people who want to ride Vokoun out for the remainder of the postseason, because even that isnâ€™t totally unreasonable. Itâ€™s just at the people who have been on Fleuryâ€™s case since he got here.
Does he have his shortcomings? Yeah. Does essentially every other goalie? Yup.
Fleury is a Stanley Cup goaltender, and thereâ€™s no disputing that.
Weekly donâ€™t freak out reminder
With all that being said, I’d like to issue a weekly “Don’t Freak Out” reminder during the playoffs. It’s difficult to get a 3-0 lead on any team in the playoffs, let alone sweep them.
Sure Neal and Kunitz have hardly been noticeable on the scoresheet, and the defense has gone from night to day and back again a couple times.
But let’s all just breathe, relax, and enjoy the spectacle, eh?
Well that does it for this week’s edition. As my schedule loosens up, hopefully my time to spend on the HHR will grow. Be sure to check back next week to see if that actually is the case. Until then, happy hating!