With Sean Avery poised to join the Rangers (or, hey, some other team) Tuesday morning, we’ll be forced to read John Tortorella’s quote from his time as a TSN talking head at least another dozen times. The Daily News’ Filip Bondy did the honors Monday:
“Enough is enough,” Tortorella said then. “He’s embarrassed himself, he’s embarrassed the organization, he’s embarrassed the league and he’s embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. Send him home. He doesn’t belong in the league.”
Along with all the stories speculating about whether Tortorella can put up with Avery, there was even one (sorry, can’t remember where) suggesting Avery might have issues with the fact that Tortorella dissed him. Of course, he hardly has that luxury.
But more than that, Sean Avery is a guy who talks trash for effect. Anger management or not, it’s part of how he makes a living.
And guess what? Being a talking head on TSN is kind of the same job – one that’s about as complicated as calling into Rome – have a take and don’t suck. Stake out your position to the nth degree. Exaggerate. Blow up. Just don’t be dull.
Well, John Tortorella’s not an entertainer anymore. What he said on television is no longer relevant. He’ll deal with all this as a coach – and really, the fact that he’s a hard-ass coach should only be a good thing for Sean Avery. And seeing as how Torts the coach is also famous for “shut your yap!” and “get the fuck out of here!” one would also think he understands his likely new charge well.