If only it were that simple.
What really happened Sunday, in the 4-2 loss to the Senators, was that he put both goalies in awkward positions; not no-win, precisely, but undeniably awkward.
Lack, Tortorella admitted, did not look himself either before or during the game, though he made some big saves.
But Eddie Lack cannot be the future of the franchise as long as Luongo is here, and that’s forever, apparently. So what is the upside now of dissing Luongo, in the stretch drive, for a club whose arc since the Stanley Cup final of 2011 has been a near-classic portrait of accelerating decline?
Tortorella was hired to halt that decline, to shock the team into a different gear. But the bounce hasn’t happened, and instead, we got the storming of the Calgary room, the suspension, the curious goaltending decision -- “curious” being a more polite way of saying “inane.” And results that are no better, and conceivably are a...