Posts Tagged ‘Larry Brooks’

Phil Esposito goes bananas over Martin St. Louis trade rumor (NSFW)

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Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito

Talklng a blue streak: Phil Esposito’s rant is the Hall of Famer at his unvarnished best … or worst. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Anyone who has heard Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito on Sirius/XM’s NHL Network Radio knows that he’s willing to work a little blue on occasion to make a point. It’s all part of his rough-hewed charm.

But earlier this week, Espo found an online outlet that offered him the leeway to express himself in a less guarded fashion. And the results are certainly soiled, if not solid, gold.

Asked for his take on the reports that Martin St. Louis will be traded to the Rangers, the former Lightning GM, who’s now an on-air Tampa Bay analyst, let loose with an expletive-filled rant, ripping the source of the rumor — New York Post writer Larry Brooks — before admitting that there might be some basis to the story. St. Louis had reportedly requested the trade after being snubbed for the Olympic by Team Canada and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. What Esposito’s screed lacks in adherence to the Socratic Method, it makes up for with frothing vitriol.

WARNING: Esposito’s oratory is wildly not safe for work or small children or nursing mothers. But it is pretty amusing. Listen here if you dare.

  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • The best (worst?) of volatile coach John Tortorella’s blowups in the NHL

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    By Brian Cazeneuve and John Rolfe

    The NHL was abuzz as John Tortorella, the league’s most fiery and fascinating coach, faced a disciplinary hearing for attempting to angrily barge into Calgary’s dressing room during the first intermission of a game on Saturday. The object of his ire was Flames coach Bob Hartley, with whom Tortorella had taken umbrage after Hartley sent out a lineup of fourth-line pugilists for the opening face-off. Tortorella responded in kind and a full-scale line brawl ensued, generating 152 penalty minutes and eight ejections in the game’s first two seconds. Vancouver’s bench boss was incensed — his passions undoubtedly fueled by his team’s skid of eight losses in its previous nine games, including a 9-1 demolition by the Anaheim Ducks — and he started screaming at Hartley while the melee unfolded. After the scoreless first period, Tortorella added a new chapter to his turbulent history, one that resulted in a 15-day, six-game suspension. (Hartley was fined $25,000 for his unseemly choice of on-ice personnel.)

    Here are some of the highlights — or lowlights, depending on your perspective.

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  • Published On Jan 20, 2014