Kevin Hayes and coach John Tortorella didn’t see eye-to-eye when Hayes played for the Philadelphia Flyers. But Tortorella unleashed some fury on a member of the media in defense of Hayes Wednesday night.
Hayes had been receiving death threats because a media member said on a podcast that he had influenced Cutter Gauthier to not want to play in Philadelphia. The Flyers had to trade Gauthier this week. (Hayes had said he didn’t have anything to do with Gauthier’s situation.).
In a post-game press conference, Tortorella unloaded:
“IS the guy here that caused Kevin Hayes a problem? You? Are you kidding me?” Tortorella starts. “You think Kevin Hayes is gonna do something like that? It’s bull—t. It pisses me off that you guys throw that s–t around and it affects someone’s life. Kevin Hayes had a problem – we couldn’t come to an agreement on how to play.”
“That’s a good man. That’s a good man. And what you said is gonna stay with him,” Tortorella continued. “That’s what you guys don’t understand, you say something – you’re gonna sit there and say you had the right sources. I call bull—t,” he finished.
Tortorella will stick up for his players. That’s why many players like to play for him.
The Tortorella rant can be seen in the link provided above
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Red Wings Next Game
Goaltender Alex Lyon (2.51 goals-against average, .920 save percentage) will be making his sixth consecutive start tonight when the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers. Lyon is 8-4 on the season, and has won four of his last five starts. Jake Walman (illness) is a maybe. Klim Kostin should be back on the weekend.
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