For Washington media members who last season grew accustomed to Dale Hunter saying nothing respectfully, there’s always the prospect of someone like Rangers coach John Tortorella, who does the same without the “respectfully” part.
At his pre-game news conference on Sunday before facing the Capitals, Tortorella had the following exchanges with the media:
On the status of Rick Nash, who did not take part in the morning skate: “None of your business.”
On a second question regarding Nash: “I’m not discussing injuries. He’s banged up. We’ll see how he is in warmups. I’m not going to talk about injuries at all this year so don’t bother asking.”
On if he expects the Capitals to look different this season than they did under Hunter in last year’s playoffs: “I have no idea about Washington, I only care about our club.”
On how the Capitals might look under new coach Adam Oates: “I have no idea. I don’t care about Washington. I care about our club. I’m not worried about the Capitals’ coaches, players or anything else.”
On comparing his “safe is death” philosophy in Tampa to the way the Rangers play now: “I’ve been here how many years? Four? And you want to talk about Tampa? Any other questions?”