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Tortorella drama: going or staying?



So, what are we to make of the drama that erupted Wednesday concerning coach John Tortorella? Seems the coach in his postseason meeting with general manager Jay Feaster, said perhaps it was time, after seven seasons, he step down. But in a subsequent meeting with feaster, Tortorella told the GM, he wants to stay.

"I want to stay here and fight and try to make this team better with the new ownership group and Jay Feaster,'' Tortorella said. "I want to be part of the retooling.''

But the dynamic has turned interesting. An ownership change from absentee Palace Sports & Entertainment to ultra hands-on Oren Koules seems inevitable, and neither has commented on Tortorella's job status. And a statement by president Ron Campbell was not a ringing endorsement. And Tortorella and Feaster, who always had worked so well, strongly disagreed on how Tortorella handled situations with Andre Roy and Shane O'Brien.

Roy was suspended three games by the league and then scratched for 12 after an incident in Philadelphia. O'Brien was scratched for the final seven games, apparently for poor play.

"I'm embarrassed that it's turned into this," Tortorella said. "The whole situation as far as my meeting with Jay and now it's coming out; this is my fault how this has happened. I have to give a bunch of skin for the season. It starts with me. I'm not afraid of that."

On the other hand, he added, I don't want to give in. I believe Jay Feaster and I can work with the new ownership coming in. We can turn this around. We're not far away."

Read the entire story in Thursday's paper.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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