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Rangers' Tortorella responds to Thornton's 'soft' comments

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TSN.ca Staff
11/1/2011 8:31:12 PM
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New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella was not happy with recent comments made by San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton, who called the Rangers "probably the softest team we played against."

Thornton made the comments after the Sharks lost to the Rangers 5-2 on Monday, adding, "We played some good teams, and I think we probably should have beat these guys, to be honest with you."

Tortorella didn't say much in response to Thornton's comments Monday night, but according to a report in the New York Daily News, he had plenty to say on Tuesday.

"Yeah it caught me off-guard when it was brought up after the game," Tortorella said, according to the Daily News. "It surprised me, and I've never heard a player say that. Joe's a heck of a player, but here's a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn't won a G------ thing in this league."

"He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I've never had it happen like that before."

Thornton tried to clarify his comments earlier today, saying that soft wasn't the right word to describe the Rangers.

John Tortorella (Photo: Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)
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