In his Friday mailbag, Craig Custance at ESPN Insider was asked if John Tortorella's seat was getting warm due to the Rangers early season struggles…
"Not this season. Tortorella is a great coach, but he's one with a shelf life. That's a tough style to play over a long period of time, but I'm confident that team turns the corner this season. He'll get them going. Now, if they miss the playoffs, then you start those conversations."
…agree with Custance here. Even if the Rangers struggle with inconsistency for the remainer of the year and God forbid missed the playoffs I don't think Torts gets fired this summer. However, there will be offseason grumblings about him needing a quick start to the 2013-14 season. If the team continues its poor play next October, then yes I can see him gone by November.
…always hate talking negative hypotheticals, so what's really going to happen is that Torts guides the Rangers to the Stanley Cup this Spring and he'll be here for the next 10 years.
Custance also says that Tortorella is Penguin head coach Dan Bylsma's main competition for head coach of the 2014 US Olympic team.
…i'd actually like to see a Tortorella game plan in the Olympics. His hard forechecking style would be a major hindrance to the European teams that usually shy away from the physical play. It's also the only way they'd be able to compete against Team Canada. Have to match their toughness as well as get in the defenders' face and not let them easily outlet the puck to guys like Stamkos and Giroux. A couple of hits on Crosby would also be nice.
…even if Torts doesn't get the top job, assuming he'll still be back behind Team USA's bench.