Read: Joe Thornton Didn’t Mean To Call The Rangers Soft (JOHN TORTORELLA RIPS HIM)

Update: 3:36PM:

Update: 2:49PM: Pat Leonard of the Daily News has this quote from Torts on Thornton:

“Yeah it caught me off-guard when it was brought up after the game,” Tortorella said at the team’s Greenburgh practice facility Tuesday morning. “It surprised me, and I’ve never heard a player say that. Joe’s a heck of a player, but here’s a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn’t won a g–damn thing in this league. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shutup. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I’ve never had it happen like that before.”

When told about the comments last night, Tortorella responded “wonderful.”

If only Torts had also mentioned that he didn’t deserve the Hart Trophy in 2006 and that everyone knows that Jaromir Jagr did.

Original Post: Last night, following the Rangers 5-2 defeat of the Sharks, San Jose captain Joe Thornton called the Rangers “soft” and thought that his team should have picked up the two points.

Thornton apparently didn’t mean to insult the Rangers with his comment:

Adam Rotter: Whatever. The Rangers won and won’t play the Sharks until next season unless it is in the Stanley Cup finals. Players don’t forget though. So the next time Joe Thornton is on the ice, I am pretty sure that he will find out how soft the Rangers are.