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 – both in his answers and his fuse – with reporters after his squad lost game two in Boston Sunday.

The fact that it was a 5-2 loss didn’t make matters easier. When reporters asked Torts if he would evaluate goaltender Henrik Lundquist, he politely (by his standards) declined.

I don’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:

“Preview of Tortorella’s press conference: (Rangers PR): Here’s John. (Tortorella): WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? (Rangers PR): No more questions.”

Roy footage

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 Roy’s brother, Stephane, who told the paper, “They’re discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge.”

The key part of that? “Colorado is going to be very happy.” So….Patrick won’t be? I’m sure I’m overreacting to a miniscule detail (which is Step 1 of being a columnist, you future journalists), because Roy obviously wouldn’t be doing this if he didn’t want the job.

Roy has been coaching the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL since 2005. But it’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?

(I’m not saying they don’t exist, I just can’t think of any – or look for any – in the time I have.)

Hockey down under

If you’re among the group of people that didn’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, “I suddenly got out there and realized there’s 2,000 people here, I’m on TV.”

Because you weren’t on TV to begin with?

White actually wore Russelhuber’s uniform, because he didn’t have one of his own.

After the game, on Twitter, White said, “@NSAhockey @AIHL Thanks guys! Still don’t really believe that happened but what an entrance nonetheless! #twojobsinone #fourthofficial”

Strange he didn’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.


That’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 it’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 you’re not on the same level.

I’m not even aiming this at the people who want to ride Vokoun out for the remainder of the postseason, because even that isn’t totally unreasonable. It’s just at the people who have been on Fleury’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 there’s no disputing that.

Weekly don’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!