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If Tortorella Is The Next Vancouver Coach

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

John Stevens was a sound consideration. John Tortorella is an emotional decision as the expected new coach of the Canucks, although the NHL club has yet to make a formal announcement. He was reportedly en route to Vancouver on Friday and has already had two interviews....

Tortorella was an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and got a taste for the rabid following for anything  hockey related. But that was a two-week tournament. A 41-game home regular-season schedule with as many as 28 media at practices is going to test the Italian’s patience when soft and mundane queries are sent his way. Not sure there’s a 12-step program for dealing with those who think a left-wing lock is something you put on a bicycle, but that’s the challenge for the 54-year-old Tortorella.


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awould's avatar

Not sure there’s a 12-step program for dealing with those who think a left-wing lock is something you put on a bicycle, but that’s the challenge for the 54-year-old Tortorella.

I’m sure Kuzma’s colleagues in the media appreciate his thinking they’re idiots. Torts problem was never some understandable lack of patience with hockey-ignorant journalists. It was an inability to react with any grounded reason to legitimate questions about his coaching decisions. Basically, he’s a rude, impatient and arrogant prick, at least to the media. And the spotlight in Vancouver could be a bad place for a guy like that. Not to mention his abrasive coaching style may not mix well w/ the core of the Canucks team.

Should be fun to watch.

Posted by awould on 06/21/13 at 04:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Tortorella is the kind of knee-jerk decision that other organizations make, not the Canucks. Yes, he represents a personality type diametrically opposed from his predecessor, Alain Vigneault. But he also represents a personality type diametrically opposed to Gillis’s core values. He is loud and profane; narcissistic and temperamental. He is emotional to the point of irrationality. Tortorella, in fact, is so far removed from Gillis and his methods that this hire had to come from somewhere else; somewhere, and we’re just spitballing here, like Canucks ownership.

And when ownership gets involved in decisions of this magnitude, it’s a sure sign the organization is in a state of dysfunction.



Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/21/13 at 04:23 PM ET

awould's avatar

I think that will prove to be an insightful piece of writing by Willes. And he nailed Torts.

Posted by awould on 06/21/13 at 05:15 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

is anyone else thinking mike keenan v2.0?
Man I already know my team is on the downswing, I have a feeling that john is going to make this a lot harder than it should be.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/22/13 at 01:27 AM ET


Wow I was totally thinking of the Keenan time. It is a horrible scar in Canucks history. we should not repeat.

Posted by stewarelli on 06/22/13 at 01:57 AM ET

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