Things have certainly not gone the way the New York Rangers had hoped in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Rangers currently trail the Bruins 3-0 heading into Thursday night's Game 4 at Madison Square Garden, and not only is their season on the line, but coach John Tortorella's job may also be in jeopardy.
Kevin Paul Dupont joined UNO Sports Tonight from MSG to discuss the ongoing series between the Bruins and Rangers and the future of John Tortorella if his team loses this series.
When asked if Tortorella will get fired if the Rangers lose Thursday night, Dupot said, "Could be, I would say it's certainly leaning that way and I had that sense based on how calm he was [Tuesday night] that this is a guy who realizes, especially in a sweep, his job is very vulnerable."
If the usually ruthless and colorful Rangers coach was relatively calm after a loss in Game 3, one could only imagine how melo he'll be if his team is eliminated Thursday night.
Dupont speculates this and more in the video above.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.
Highlights from the Boston Bruins 2-1 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks