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Report: Tortorella to have second interview with Canucks

Jun 17, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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Former New York Rangers bench boss John Tortorella will have a second interview with Vancouver about its vacant head coaching gig this week, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

News of a second interview comes days after The Province reported Torts’ first discussion with Canucks brass “went over extremely well.”

This has led many to speculate the 2004 Jack Adams winner is a frontrunner for the job.

Here’s more, from Friedman:

Information about his first one is not exactly flowing across the atmosphere, but it sounds like a lot of time was spent discussing media interaction.

The Canucks don’t want daily craziness and Tortorella apparently understands he will have to be different.

Vancouver is the hardest English market in the NHL. There is no doubt the man can coach, but [Canucks GM Mike] Gillis’ toughest decision may be whether or not he truly believes Tortorella can handle it.

Another rumored leading candidate for the gig, Los Angeles assistant John Stevens, is also believed to have a second interview lined up for this week, though there’s been no confirmation that it’ll happen.

  1. anotheryx - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Tortorella + Canucks, match made in heaven!

    • MichaelD - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I rather have Messier than Tortorella. He won’t fit in Vancouver. Canucks are bad enough as it is. He will make it worse. Come on Gillis…at least trade Schneider so we can get some good young prospects. It gets worse every time I read something here. You don’t split up the Sedin’s either. They are like all twins and just fit together as one. Only twins would understand. Play them together or trade them together. Tortorella would be short term entertainment for fans then after a few months the FIRE chants will come out if they aren’t winning. It’s happened before and will happen again.

  2. kitshky - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    No. No. No.

    I don’t know if I would ever step foot in Rogers Arena again…

    • barkar942 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      I will make you a deal- after you sign Torts and my team, the Rangers, sign Vineault, I will trade you straight up and take torts back.
      I will bet you the Canucks will have a better chance of winning the Cup with Torts than the Rangers will with Vineault.

      • kitshky - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        I’ll make you a deal … I guarantee that after actually experiencing Vingneault and not just the rep and hype coming from a couple thousand miles (and a few time zones) away, you’ll friggin love A.V.

      • barkar942 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Well, I hope you are right. Most of the pieces are there for the Rangers to succeed. That said, I will tell you that Torts is a coach who uses a “tough love ” parenting style of coaching. He holds players accountable for their actions, which I feel is a good thing. I loved his style of coaching here and am sad to not see him get one more year here without the lockout, which forced him into a coaching style that was hindered by the lack of training camp and practice days.
        Wouldn’t that be a storyline if these two swap jobs and meet in the finals!

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I just can’t see the Sedins laying down to block shots

    • kitshky - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I can’t see why any coach who knows jack about the game asking players of that style and creativity to lay down and block shots…

      • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Fair enough

  4. beaver15 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Tortorella + Canucks media will be beautiful to watch. In NYC, Torts had Brooksie to go of on. In Vancouver, not sure who the media dog is to bark on

    • 19to77 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Listening to Torts verbally slap Tony Gallagher around would be a fun experience for all, I’m sure.

    • elvispocomo - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Plenty – Gallagher, Botchford, Willes, Sekeres, etc…

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        The three biggest negative media guys are Paul Chapman, Jason Botchford, and Blake Price. Those three are the most negative guys in the media. Sekeres is pretty balanced and neutral.

  5. hieronymous27 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Why is Vancouver the hardest English market in the NHL? Toronto or New York, maybe even Philadelphia would be tougher gigs IMO.

    • kitshky - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Not media markets, NHL media markets… no America city even comes close to the scrutiny of a Canadian market.

    • elvispocomo - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      As kitshky said, NHL coverage specifically. Toronto isn’t far off, but they split some time with the Raptors and TSN, one of the main national sports networks, is Toronto centric so not as negative to deal with. Heck, one of their main guys, Darren Dreger, is a cousin of the Leafs GM, Dave Nonis.

      Then there’s New York and Philly. Certainly not easy, but hockey competes with the Yankees and Mets, Giants and Jets, Knicks and Nets for New York, while Philly has the Phillies, Eagles and 76ers. Hockey just isn’t the main sport in any US town like it is in Canada, and it’s often 4th behind MLB, NBA and NFL.

      • itsallniceonice - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        You explained it much better. Was curious as to why Toronto couldn’t be, but hockey not being the only show in town makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

  6. banger60 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Beautiful, glad he’s gone! Go Rangers!!!!!!!

  7. blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Gillis & Torts ? … Never in a million Years !

    As all of us know here in Vancouver, anyone aspiring to coach the Canucks will first have to undergo ‘neuterization’ surgery in-order to ensure that they toe the company line 24/7. And on that score, I say that this ‘potential’ hiring of Tortorella is never going to happen despite the Italian synergies But what endlessly ‘hilarious’ possibilities eh? To think that all of a sudden these programmed ‘micro-managed’ Canuckle robots would have a genuine, colorful, entertaining, firecracker like Tortorella leading them is almost too funny to contemplate! Yeah sure, you can just see Tortorella giving his take to the local press here on the latest Canuckle sleeping chamber! So while I personally would love to see this happen if for no other reason than the sheer entertainment value, I nonetheless can’t see the Aquilini’s ‘ever’ going down this road.

    ps: unless … could Gillis himself be slated for recycling ?

    • elvispocomo - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      ‘Great’ post…

  8. dprouse - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    There isn’t a room big enough to contain the egos of Tortorella and Gillis at the same time. If the Canucks hire Torts, you can guarantee that it was the owner who made the call. Gillis would vastly prefer someone like Stevens, a lower key personality who would just be happy to have an NHL head coaching gig again.

  9. girouxed - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    People are saying never never no not in a millions years… obviously something’s going on if his having a second interview.

  10. kaptaanamerica - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    i think torts will be one of the best things to happen in vancity since getting to the cup final. if anyone can get the attention of the players its torts. he can hold them accountable. I pray and hope he SPLITS UP THE SEDINS!!! those guys should not be allowed to play another regular shift together again. EVER. Only on the PP or last two minutes of a game if the Canucks are down a goal. Maybe in overtime in the playoffs, not in regular season. I never want to see them take another regular shift together.

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