Second Guessing Torts

October 21, 2009, by

Throughout his tenure, I haven’t really second guessed John Tortorella. I’ve agreed with all his moves, and the results, so far, have been pretty good. Monday, against the Sharks, provided the first time to second guess him. Torts went with Steve Valliquette against the high powered Sharks. Now, his reasoning was that he wanted to give Hank rest, and that it doesn’t really matter the opponent. Well, it does. The Sharks are one of the best teams in the NHL. They have an unbelievable offense, led by Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and company. They are the Caps of the West. And yet, Torts went with Valliquette. Not with Lundqvist. I understand giving Henrik a┬árest. In fact, he needs rest, especially in an Olympic year. But, rest him against the Maple Leaves. Rest him against the lesser teams in the NHL. Not San Jose. Not one of the best. Hopefully, Torts will learn from his mistake. He’ll play Vally against Toronto, or the Islanders. He won’t play him against Pittsburgh, or against Washington. Let’s hope.


  1. jurgenno88 says:


    while i agree with you i see Torts motivation. He wanted to do it as a sign of confidence in Vally.

    I dont see why Valliquette couldnt have started in Toronto (especially after having a good record against them)…

    anyway, beyond this year i see Chad Johnson being the back up.

  2. Dave says:

    I think it was more a fact that SJ is a Western Conference team, thus a loss isn’t as meaningful (where it counts as a two game swing).

    As for Chad Johnson, he’s been shaky in Hartford this year.

  3. Mike A. says:

    Maybe he felt the Sharks were going to be tough to beat regardless of who was in net, so he went with Hank against the punchless Leaves for the guaranteed win.

  4. Dave says:

    I’m not sure if I buy into that though, if it is what he did. I would want to see if the Rangers can compete against the elite teams in the West.

    I don’t think Hank would have made a difference though.

  5. Jeremy says:

    I don’t think Hank would’ve made a difference either, but it’s the principle of it. You don’t see Vally against Washington or Pittsburgh. The same should be for San Jose, or any top western conference team

  6. Dave says:

    The logic is that a loss against Pittsburgh counts as a two-game swing. A loss against SJ is a one-game swing.

    I think.

    Then again, if my thought process was always right, I’d be coaching the Rangers right now.

  7. db maven says:

    Why not find out what you’ve got now – very early into the season (with 73 games to go)?? Especially after Valli’s excellent outing against the LA Kings??

    Sure – he let in a couple softies (the first one being the one that started the demise,IMO) – but the team defense sucked and you can’t blame the entire loss on the keeper.

    I’d rather Torts did this now – rather than in March if they’re in the middle of a playoff scramble….