“John Tortorella has no manipulation in him whatsoever. He only has one gear, and that’s to scream at people and thinks that that’s manipulation or motivation. But it’s not. It doesn’t work on rich players. They can say, ‘F— you. We’re going somewhere else.’ Or ‘We’ll get rid of you’ — and we will.”

The 35-year-old hasn’t been quiet about his dislike for Tortorella in the past, so it’s not a surprise to hear Avery criticize him. While the shot may be blatant, Avery does have a point about Babcock’s impressive ability to not show his cards – something which has gotten Tortorella into trouble. Tortorella has been better behaved this season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but he could learn a thing or two from Babcock. 

[Sportsnet]