Flashback: John Tortorella Should Coach The Rangers (April 5, 2000)

Following the dismissal of John Muckler as head coach and Neil Smith as GM at the end of the 1999-2000, the Rangers gave assistant coach John Tortorella the job of interim head coach to finish out the final four games of the season.

The New York Daily News wrote on April 5, 2000 that Tortorella was the right man to lead the Rangers.

You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody inside the Rangers’ dressing room who does not believe that interim coach John Tortorella deserves to get the job full-time. And after Monday night’s loss at Washington, a couple of important Ranger voices sounded on Tortorella’s behalf.

Brian Leetch said at the time “I think he can be a head coach. He’s got a great understanding of the game and he’s a very emotional person. He’s going to get a chance sometime. I don’t know what they’re going to decide here. But certainly, if he was the one they decided was best, I’d certainly endorse John being around.”

Petr Nedved said that he couldn’t guarantee wins with Tortorella as the coach “But I think they would give him a hard 60 minutes every night and that’s what we need.” He added “next year, I think he would be a really good coach here” and “personally, I have fun playing for him. I think that he’s a fair guy and I think that the guys would love to play for him.

Glen Sather was hired to be GM and Ron Low as head coach.

Tortorella left the organization to become associate coach with Tampa Bay before taking over as head coach.




11 comments
bob
bob

Geno was not the weakest link on the offense last year in fact Geno made plays.

marcus81
marcus81

Geno just has to show he's a good decision maker and get rid of the ball quickly with few TO's, he will have better talent this year to show what he's got, could have used another starting receiver, but IF Hill can catch 60-70 balls and the running game gets 4 yrds a pop and O line holds their he won't have any excuses

BDarc23
BDarc23

I am confident that the QB position will be better than last year regardless of who starts.

levi
levi

So Boyd has no confidence in himself and probably wont make it through camp. If Im Boyd and they ask me I say "Im gonna be the starting QB! Put that in your fancy news paper mister reporter guy."

williamg1
williamg1

I can't remember who it was, but somebody summed it up perfectly: If the starting QB (Geno) plays well, there isn't a QB controversy. If the starting QB does not play well, then you have a controversy. 

Its Geno's job to lose. I hope he seizes this opportunity and succeeds, or else we could end up starting from scratch in 2015. 

a57se
a57se

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tsjc68
tsjc68

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tsjc68
tsjc68

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tsjc68
tsjc68

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