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Would Tortorella Be A Fit In Vancouver?

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

With Tortorella you might get Vigneault 2.0 with a heavy reliance on great goaltending, good defence and a struggle to score goals. The Rangers were 10th in offence and 23rd on the power play during the regular season and a paltry 4-for-44 on the power play in the playoffs. But you also get a snap to attention from a guy who guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup championship in 2003-04. That carries cache, even though Torotella rubbed many Rangers the wrong way and you can just imagine how Henrik and Daniel Sedin would react to that approach. They’ll probably call Henrik Lundqvist for a heads-up.

However, this could be another fact-finding mission for both parties. Tortorella knows Ryan Kesler from the Team USA program at the 2010 Olympics, but he’s probably anxious to learn how Gillis plans to make his club better while already being at the salary cap ceiling for next season with seven players to still sign to flush out the roster. Is Gillis going to trade Keith Ballard? Can he move Roberto Luongo? What about Alex Edler? What about employing a more up-tempo approach? What about assistant coaches?

Gillis will be just as curious. Can Tortorella rule with an iron fist and not turn off a veteran core than doesn’t believe it needs somebody to come in and rattle the chains? Would he be a lockerroom presence or allow players to police themselves? Can he handle a hockey-mad market? Can he handle a core of veterans who savour having considerable clout in the room?


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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Oh wow. That would be great! Torts and his “no nonsense” ways + the self-entitled crybabies on the Canucks. Would certainly be fun to watch his press conferences if they made the post season.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/11/13 at 02:24 PM ET

Alan's avatar

That would be downright hilarious.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/11/13 at 02:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 06/11/13 at 03:15 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Since I don’t usually watch NHL hockey after The Wings are eliminated, speculating about what disastrous moves the other teams will make is the biggest hockey-related entertainment I’ll have for a few months.  So far, my list:

1. Anybody closing a sale on the Phoenix Coyotes.  That will end in tears and bankruptcy.
2. Anybody (particularly a veteran team) hiring Torts.

There are others, but none of them are in that ballpark.  With The Wings moving to the east, I’m particularly eager to see eastern teams make bad personnel decisions.  Think one of them will give Filpula his $5M?

Posted by Savage Henry on 06/11/13 at 03:56 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Yes please. Torts in VAN and Waaaah in COL.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/11/13 at 06:25 PM ET

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