Torts takes the blame
So Torts came out and said he should take some blame for the unremarkable season. Guess he wanted to jump on the bandwagon, what with his players being finger-pointed. But it does raise a good point. How do you measure the job of a coach?
Generally, my tipping point is when you can see that the players have stopped playing hard. That is when you believe the coach has lost his influence. But you don't see that with the Lightning. And the staff certainly has a track record given the Cup season and three straight years in the playoffs.
So how do we evaluate Tortorella? He seems to have made peace with Vinny 4. The players, for the most part, stick with the team concept (other than when they get nervous about holding a lead). I think he has struck the right tone with the media this year in not calling players out. And I believe he has tried to make the team is rested, and he read the players correctly the other day when he turned practice into a pickup game.
For me, I still think he has the ears of the team, and no coach is more prepared. Yes? No? And what about Jay Feaster coming out strongly in support of his coach and staff? Does that box him into a corner, or is he smart to let players know they are on the bubble?