Read: Rick Nash on John Tortorella

NashWhen he was acquired, Rick Nash said that from talking with Vinny Prospal, his teammate in Columbus, he learned that John Tortorella is a very demanding coach who preaches hard work.

Nash added that when it comes to a coach, “that’s what you want.”

It had been suggested that Nash has not been challenged since Ken Hitchcock was fired in Columbus and that Tortorella is the perfect coach for him at this stage of his career.

Recently, Nash told NHL.com, that both Tortorella and Hitchcock are “really intense” and honest. He added that he really likes playing for Tortorella and thinks that “the way he understands the game and how he plays his players, it’s really top notch.”

Hitchcock has praised Nash from their time together in Columbus.