Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella had plenty to talk about during Monday's news conference on NHL trade deadline day.
After all, the Blue Jackets made a splash leading up to the deadline by acquiring Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, then would add goalie Keith Kinkaid in the morning and rugged defenseman Adam McQuaid after the news conference.
One problem: The Athletic reporter Tom Reed had his phone up on the podium to record Tortorella's words and his phone was buzzing.
Tortorella, during his New York Rangers days, wasn't a big fan when phones rang while he was talking, but he was polite this time, announcing to Reed that his mom was calling.
They agreed to let the call go to voice mail, but a few questions later, the coach picked up the phone.
"Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Reed," he said. "Hi, this is John Tortorella. I'm in the middle of a press conference here.
"No, that's OK, I'd rather talk to you than your … son. I'll be done in about five. I've seen you call a few times. Yeah, it's rude of him not to call you back, but he's busy right now."
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The reporters were cracking up and Tortorella wished the mother a good day and gave a big smile to the room.
He needed to be reminded about which question he had been answering.
Tweeted Reed later: "If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother."
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.
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