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Who Hired John Tortorella In Vancouver?

from David Ember of the Globe and Mail,

Much of the distancing revolves around the hiring of Mr. Tortorella, whose reputation as a firebrand and penchant to coach defensive hockey made him a controversial choice last year. On Monday, Francesco Aquilini sent a Globe and Mail reporter a text message warning of legal action after the newspaper published a story discussing the family’s involvement in the hiring.

“I read your article today. You are a prick,” it said. Two hours later, a legal letter from the family’s counsel arrived by e-mail. It alleged defamation, sought a retraction and an apology, and threatened further action.

“The facts are that while the Aquilinis supported the decision of the General Manager, the hiring decision was his and not theirs,” lawyer Howard Shapray of Vancouver-based Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP wrote in the legal letter to The Globe.

The legal push also took aim at The Province newspaper in Vancouver, which several weeks earlier in a column had mentioned the Aquilinis’ role in the Tortorella hiring. Mr. Shapray on Monday sent a legal letter to The Province and made similar demands as were made of The Globe.

The Aquilinis’ statements skirt how the hiring played out....


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Sending out threats of defamation suits to journalists over the question of who was more involved in the Tortorella hiring seems to be a huge overreaction.

The Aquilinis are responsible for the insane pace at which the Canucks’ window slammed shut and the team collapsed.  There are definitely other factors at play, but ownership sped up the process to the point where it became irreversible.

Francesco Aquilini should just name himself the GM. That’s what he’s been trying to do through Gillis for the last two seasons anyway.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/09/14 at 08:58 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

Watch out, JJ! You might just get a defamation letter from Vancouver!

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 04/09/14 at 09:12 AM ET


Well if there was any doubt about the ownership being involved to an unhealthy degree that should certainly clarify things.

Posted by dwgs on 04/09/14 at 09:59 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Watch out, JJ! You might just get a defamation letter from Vancouver!

hahaha I’m positively expecting one by now!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/09/14 at 10:13 AM ET

awould's avatar

what an *#$%@&

Posted by awould on 04/09/14 at 12:34 PM ET

Chet's avatar

Yes, this is absolutely clownish. Classic.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/09/14 at 01:21 PM ET

pautna's avatar

Oh the drama!!! LOL!!

Posted by pautna on 04/09/14 at 03:27 PM ET

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