Dreger’s exact words were:
“So to answer your question, if the Rangers are to be eliminated in short order by the Boston Bruins, is there a chance John Tortorella could be replaced? Yes there is a chance, absolutely. No question about it. Glen Sather made the big trade, he moved Gaborik out, prior to that they acquired Rick Nash, they aren’t done yet building this team into a true Stanley Cup contender but is John Tortorella the right coach, that management group for sure will have that discussion at the end of the Rangers season, whenever that is.”
For more of what Dreger said and how Tortorella approaches being fired, click below.
On the Michael Kay Show earlier in the month, Tortorella said this about possibly being fired “I don’t worry about that. I never have. It’s all part of the business. If you are a coach and you are running a team you will make the wrong decisions at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons if you are trying to save your ass. If you have your convictions and think you are doing it the right way, stick with it. If the people above you don’t like it they will show you the door, and so be it. I think a number of people want my door open and to be shown the door….it doesn’t bother me. I answer to the team. That is where my decision making is, that is where my convictions are….are we doing it the right way. I always look at the man in the mirror. I have to asses myself and I do everyday. Am I doing the right thing for the hockey team? If you are then you are okay. If people don’t agree then you are gonna get fired, so be it.”