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by Paul on 09/17/13 at 05:31 PM ET
from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail,
He is big on rest and recovery but sees physical convalescence occurring with days off – he promised the Canucks the most of any team in the league. Tortorella’s skeptical that limiting in-game minutes keeps bodies fresh.
“I’m not a big believer in, ‘Holy crap, he played 26 minutes, does he have anything left for Wednesday?’ I don’t buy it,” said Tortorella on Tuesday in Vancouver after practice.
Tortorella cited the urgency of now in terms of player deployment.
“I want to win that game. I want to win Game 2, I’m not looking to Game 5. So if Sedin or Kes needs to be on the ice in those situations, in that third period and play 12 minutes of that third period, they will play the 12 minutes of that third period to try to win that game.”
Henrik Sedin, afterwards, said he was poised for the extra duty. He and his brother had lobbied Vigneault for additional time, such as on the penalty kill, which they never played and are set to under Tortorella.
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