Tortorella explodes on Jim Rutherfod
John Tortorella and Jarmo Kekelainen had heard enough from Jim Rutherford and Jack Johnson. Both Rutherford and Johnson took shots at the Columbus organization and their treatment of Johnson as a player. First the more tempered version
I can’t say I disagree with Kekalainen’s sentiment.
John Tortorella isn’t quite the same:
To get the entire interview visit the source. Some highlighted passages. Warning the language is exactly what you'd think a John Tortorella explosion to sound like
“All I know is, this organization, from the lawyers, the front office, J.D. (John Davidson), the managers, the coaches, players … has done nothing but try to help Jack,” Tortorella told The Athletic. “And for him to backhand slap us like this is utter bull---t, and he should know better.
“No one wishes anything bad to happen to him and his family. We wish him the best. But for him to put it the way he put it today is bullshit. And to have a general manager question our decision-making from three hours away, he must be a f---ing magician.”
A little more
“That’s what pisses me off,” he said. “He doesn’t have enough balls to call me back, because I’ve tried to get in touch with him. You don’t s--t on an organization that’s done nothing but try to help you. We all know Jack has had some problems along the way here; it’s very well-chronicled. All we’ve done is try to f---ing help him.
“The thing that pisses me off the most is a general manager in this league questioning and talking about our decision-making,” Tortorella said. “Shut the f--- up!
“But that can’t get in my way as far as making the right decisions for this hockey club, and that’s all we do, so Rutherford should shut the f--- up.”
I can’t say I disagree with John Tortorella either. I would be upset too. Coaching wasn’t Johnson’s issue. He hasn’t played for Tortorella his entire career. I suppose it was his other coaches he’s had for decade that just couldn’t figure out how to use him either?
You can appreciate the undertone of the message that insinuates “you just signed our 7th defenseman to a five-year extension”.
One day in and the Johnson extension hasn’t disappointed.
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