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Report: Tortorella to be named Canucks coach this week

Jun 23, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

John Tortorella AP

It might be the league’s worst kept secret, but it appears John Tortorella is set to become the next head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Hotstove last night that Tortorella would be announced sometime this week he’ll be the new Canucks coach.

Friedman also said the Canucks and GM Mike Gillis have done their due diligence in making sure he’s the right fit.

Assistant GM Laurence Gilman, who worked with Tortorella in Phoenix, was consulted as were former Rangers players Markus Naslund and Chris Higgins. The Canucks’ window for winning a Stanley Cup with this lineup is closing soon and, as Friedman notes, the feeling is that Tortorella will be the guy that will help make Vancouver’s dreams come true rather than someone like L.A. Kings assistant John Stevens.

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  1. jacketsfan7 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    They could’ve just traded coaches it would’ve been a lot easier lol

  2. girouxed - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Good luck torts

  3. tdrusher225 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Bad fit, I don’t understand Mike Gillis’s thinking on this.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Me either. This stinks of ownership meddling. Stevens was obviously the right choice. This looks like some idea from the Marketing group. Good luck selling tickets.

      • blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        In all seriousness, I also don’t get it? But if this means that Gillis’ days are now numbered, then perhaps this does start to make sense? Guess we’ll see one way or the other pretty soon.

  4. bardown66 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Don’t get it. I could see Kesler or burrows adapting to how he plays. However, I doubt we will see henrik Sedin diving head first to block a shot like Ryan Callahan. No slight against the sedin’s, but you can’t say they play hard noses like Callahan or Boyle.

    • bardown66 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM


  5. canucks30 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Do people just forget he also coached in Tampa? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall Lecavalier, Richards, and St. Louis blocking shots. I do remember them growing as players and being highly productive though and both ends of the ice.

    Torts knows how to adjust based on the group he’s been given to work with and he’ll do the same in Vancouver.

    I’m less concerned with how his system will work here compared to how his personality will work interacting with the players and media.

  6. neelybourque778 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Such a stupid hire. What a bad fit.

  7. wills19 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    This should be fun to watch

  8. Anoesis - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Wonder how that New York drama factory will play in the Pacific division.

  9. kaptaanamerica - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    People have a lot of pre conceived notions about this guy.I like the move.the players need to be held accountable by the favorites.AV always had favourites who he kept playing despite their mistakes.unfortunately Ballard couldn’t buy a break.why was Raymond kept instead of Grabner, cuz mason was a favourite.Tortorella won’t play favourites even with the Sedins.I hope he breaks up the Sedins and doesn’t let them play together on a regular line. I think torts will be great in vancity.I hope he gives the captaincy to bieksa.

  10. lesbuckets - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I just don’t see this ending up well! Never been a big fan of Torts’ style, he’s abrasive and a borderline bully at times. I do believe there is a place for him in hockey but not with a team with a core of veterans. I feel he is better suited leading a rebuilding team of youngsters, who will try to outwork their opponents. His strength is developing checking lines and energy lines, so I’m thinking that is what their management is hoping he can do, but his act gets old with veterans when he starts docking their ice time for not playing the hustle and back check game. Yes, he won a cup in TB and then what happened from there??? Was he just in the right place at the right time… because he wasn’t there for a long time!

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