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Tortorella arrives in Vancouver, gets swamped by eager media

Jun 21, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

John Tortorella arrived in Vancouver this afternoon to possibly accept the Canucks’ offer to be their next head coach.

What he may not have expected upon his arrival was a very eager throng of media looking to get a glimpse of him coming to town. Not only are still photos there to capture a look at him, but video as well thanks to Matt Lee of CKNW in Vancouver.

Twitter, Vine… It’s like Tortorella’s version of Hell on Earth to be captured via so many different forms of social media.

Related: Canucks GM says Tortorella is a ‘very strong candidate’

  1. polegojim - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    VERY interesting… Canucks and Rangers swap coaches… and both are very happy!

    Hey… I think both guys are good HCs. Hope it works out for the team and fans.

  2. canucks30 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Welcome to the circus that is hockey in Vancouver, John.

    Love to see the look on the face of the Sedin’s when something like this occurs:

    • stakex - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      That’s just Torts being a coach. Think hes the first guy to ever yell at his players? I would think AV has done the same many times during his time in VC… and if not, perhaps that’s the problem.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Seems like a coach should have more insight than, ‘we gotta defend.’ What player doesn’t know that after peewee?

    • bigtganks - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      As a Canucks die hard fan… I can’t wait. I loved AV but the country club feel was aggravating. This team has been on a SCF hangover for two seasons now and this year was awful.

      I can hardly wait for some accountability and those who play hardest playing and benching those who coast and float.

    • polegojim - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      They might cry…

      @imleft… well… obviously not. Even Pro’s get lackadaisical and go on cruise control. The Canucks need some of this…

  3. canucks30 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Perhaps Tony Gallagher or Jason Botchford will replace Larry Brooks as Torts favourite whipping boy

  4. sportsfan69 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    If you’re a sports reporter, bring your dog to the interview. John Tortorella might talk with you because he likes dogs better than humans. It’s the truth. Good luck Vancouver fans. He’s real charmer. NOT!

    • sunderlanding - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Not dogs better than humnas, dogs better than the media. And really who can blame him? The media are scum.

      • johninpa - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Not so sure about that. I’ve seen plenty of coaches, in many different sports, treated with respect by the media when the coach is open with the media. Torts set himself up for his troubles with his childish behavior.

      • sunderlanding - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        The media can do whatever they want, but they still don’t deserve any respect. They are by far the most useless part of the hockey industry.

      • johninpa - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Hockey is a great sport with a small fan base. Good coverage by the media is crucial to growing the sport. Interesting interviews with well spoken coaches and players helps to gain interest. The media are crucial to this process. Sure, some may be scum, but most are good men and women just trying to get an interesting story.

      • sunderlanding - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        Torts’ rants are just the kind of story they’re trying to get. Anyone could do that job. I don’t see why that deserves respect.

  5. jaybyrd99 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Vancouver will be lucky to get torts . I think he’s the right coach in this win now mode for the Canucks . I’ll miss him in New York but it looks like the possible swapping of coaches might be what both teams need .

  6. bardown66 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    This will either be brilliant or a disaster. If the Canucks play soft like they tend to then this will be even funnier than NYR with torts

    • polegojim - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      That’s exactly the point… from the Sedins on down… the Canucks need a firm kick and a skate up their butt.

      As we’re all seeing and enjoying in these Finals… it’s obvious that finesse alone doesn’t get it done.

      Its a sickness, where your main roster gets beaten down, stops believing, and infects the rest. They need to develop more mental toughness and/or start changing out players to get a fresh atmosphere… See Columbus.

  7. bobhpine - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Ladies and Gentlemen…the A$$H*LE has landed.

    It should be an entertaining 18 months until a new coach is brought in.

  8. neelybourque778 - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    What a stupid hire. Tortorella is a clown.

  9. larrybiv - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Regardless of the “clown” jokes….
    He did a heckuva good job instilling an instant successful defensive system with minimum offensive talent. I have a feeling he won’t change his tough ways (think boot camp) but needs to coach a hybrid game, that wins games these days. Larry says Hello and Goodbye. Thanks for your time.

  10. pens5829 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Tortorella’s a classless turd. He’d fit right into Shanny’s old job.

  11. c1md6 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Vancouver get ready to watch your team score 1-2 goals a game and have star players cycling the luck behind the net. Don’t worry as long as they play with a lot of “jam” that’s all that matters

  12. c1md6 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Not a lot of offensive takent?!!? The Rangers had, Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Marion Gaborik (before the trade), Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan not to mention the emergence and speed of Carl Hagelin that at times would cause the opposing team fits, and (who many picked as a front runner to win the Calder this year) Chris Kreider who he nearly ruined because he wouldn’t block shots the way torts liked. I know that this lineup isn’t exactly the Chicago Blackhawks but it definitely doesn’t warrant a complete defensive minded system that he refused to change.

  13. skarfacci - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    They need more coaches in pro sports like John Tortorella. Last of the Mohicans.

  14. desertfan - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM


    Gillis and the owners MUST back him up and support his decisions.

    And they all need to tell the media -NEXT QUESTION!!!

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