John Tortorella doesn't have a single coaching role model. Along the way, he said, he has borrowed elements from several: Rick Dudley in Buffalo, John Muckler in New York and Jim Schoenfeld in Phoenix, all coaches under whom he's worked. And more recently, there's Pat Burns, the former Devils coach.
Tortorella Wednesday said Dudley was "a workaholic." Muckler "in his day, had some interesting thoughts about the game," Tortorella said. "I learned a ton from him. You take bits and pieces out of people's thoughts about the game, some good, some bad. I've been blessed by working with some good people. It's having your philosophy, and picking little spots along the way."
As for Burns, he and Tortorella first became friendly in the 2002-03 playoffs, when the Devils eliminated Tampa, 4-1. "I've always been an admirer of his," Tortorella said. "We'll probably talk three or four times a month."
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