If you’ve been losing sleep fretting if John Tortorella has found a job yet since being fired as head coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning, then rest easy. Canada’s TSN has hired him as a studio analyst, with a clause in his contract that permits him to pursue an NHL coaching job (yes, because after the Lightning finished dead last, I imagine he is in hot demand in the NHL these days).
Recently Torts sounded off on the Lightning’s new owners, Oren Koules and Len Barrie, during an interview with an Ottawa sports radio show. He said, “You got a couple of cowboys in there as owners,” and “…as far as the two cowboys that went in there and bought that team, I have zero respect for them.”
Boys and girls, what have we learned from this? Torts clearly doesn’t like (a) cowboys, or (b) the new owners of his ex-team.
The response to these odd yet amusing cowboy accusations? Len Barrie answered, “The bottom line is when you’re in 30th place, you have to make changes. We’ll let our record speak for how we do next year.”
Barrie later added, “What were there, nine openings for coaches? That’s why he’s working for TV. I’ll be sure I wear my cowboy hat for the first game.”
Boys, boys, boys! Retract your claws! The Lightning embarrass me enough without hiss-and-spit tiffs breaking out on the sidelines. But since the gauntlet has been thrown, I will definitely be expecting cowboy hats all around at the first Lightning game.