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Introducing Torts? Canucks call press conference for Tuesday

Jun 24, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have called a press conference for tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time when it’s expected they’ll announce the hiring of head coach John Tortorella.

Suffice to say, this should be interesting.

First off, how will general manager Mike Gillis explain the hiring? Did he feel the team needed a kick in the behind? Also, what kind of system does he want Tortorella to employ? Gillis has said he likes an ‘an upbeat, fast style of play’, yet Tortorella was apparently fired by the Rangers for dictating too much of a dump-and-chase game.

And, of course, there’s the whole media-relations angle — what kind of a first impression will Tortorella make on the assembled horde of eager Vancouver reporters, and vice-versa? The hiring has already been lambasted by at least one prominent sports columnist in Vancouver.

Might be worth noting that Alain Vigneault, who the Canucks fired in May, was a big hit with the New York media when he was introduced as the Rangers’ new head coach last week.

  1. jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I like Vancouver – the city (GORGEOUS), the club and the people – but I think this was the wrong move.

    Best of luck with this coaching change, all the same….Torts appears to be, frankly, poison to a lot of players – throwing them under the bus, temper issues, etc.

    I think the Rags got the better coach in Alain.

  2. canucks30 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    My over/under on the press conference is set at 3 minutes…

    I’ll take the under.

  3. canucks30 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    The best of Torts in New York:


  4. robbbferg - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    He utilized some of the most offensively gifted players in Tampa and won a cup. If he can do the same here in Vancouver things could get interesting…let’s sit back and enjoy!

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      no there’s a comment I can support.

  5. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    Yes this will be ‘very’ interesting indeed ! And something is telling me friends that we could be in store for much more than we think ? I had assumed that the Aqulini’s were holding off with this announcement until the SC is presented, etc. But now what if Boston wins tonight ? So we should at least consider the possibility that Gillis is about to be whacked, he knows that and is understandably acting like a cornered rat and therefore the Aquilini’s are now obliged to get the job done asap, SC presentation or not ? We’ll see though soon enough eh ? :)

    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM


      It would “appear” as if “blomfeld” has lost his mind. His “fascination” with the Vancouver “Canucks” borders on insane as he has become seemingly “obsessed” with his “2nd” favourite hockey team.

      Alas, it “appears” is if this message board is “stuck” with him for years to “come”.

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      Now time for the elvis video:

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      • davebabychreturns - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM


      • blomfeld - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM


        If memory serves me right, wasn’t he the flight commander of that first ‘strike’ wave on Pearl ? … or was that Fuchida ? Anyway, this business of you telling me to stop commenting on all things Canuckle is both ‘hurtful’ and very wrong. I mean seriously, you don’t see me going around telling people to stop commenting on the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings do you ? … of course not. I’ll have you know that I’m a ‘free’ man and PHT is an excellent ‘free’ public forum which encourages thoughtful and intelligent discourse among it’s many millions of readers. And therefore ‘voices of truth’ like mine and many others, will ‘not’ be silenced by either you or your kind !

        GO FREEDOM OF SPEECH !!! … GO PHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      lols, this guy is clueless.

  6. gscheelar - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Rubberneckers will enjoy this trainwreck. This is a disaster waiting to happen both on and off the ice. The Vancouver media will turn on this guy so fast it will make his head spin. Once the bad press gets momentum, there will be a major housecleaning.

  7. canucks30 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Tortorella’s reaction after the Canucks fail to score on the powerplay:

  8. davebabychreturns - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Can I just take this opportunity to say, Ed Willes is a moron.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      100%, i despise that guy for writing the trash he wrote. The Canucks never disrespect their fans. The team goes out of its way to support the city, the province and Canucks fans through its charity work, outreach, and support for organizations like Mindcheck. I can’t believe anyone would remotely consider Willes a journalist of repute after that drivel. Tortorella deserves a fresh slate. No one knows what he’s going to do in Vancity and if brings a cup here like he did in Tampa, he should be ranked right up there as one of the best to ever coach the team along with Roger Neilson, Pat Quinn, and AV (all of whom took the team to the SCF).

  9. ludacrish05 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Bad move for Vancouver, guess they’ll never win a cup

  10. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Achtung Fellow Canuckle Friends !

    Hey man, it doesn’t matter what side of the fence you’re on as the bottom line is that ‘fun’ and ‘good times’ are now a com’n our way ! … and you gotta love that !!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    ps: I wonder what kind of spin THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH (ie: Team 1040) tries to put on this ? … too funny as Tortorella’s gonna rip all of their stupid heads off !!!! … good times !!!!!! :)

  11. imleftcoast - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    My over/under is set at 3 years. I’ll also take the under.

  12. hockeyflow33 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I’m sure he’ll get along great with the Sedins

  13. barkar942 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Another press conference announced for Wednesday.
    It is believed that the Sedin twins will retire effective immediately as to avoid Tort’s bag skate at the beginning of camp.

  14. imleftcoast - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    If a bag skate is your best idea to motivate a group of professionals, you are probably not qualified to be an NHL coach.

  15. LampyB - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Welcome to Vancouver Torts. The bed bug capital of north america.

  16. kaptaanamerica - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I hope Torts separates the twins and kicks Daniels butt if he doesn’t produce. Hank needs to shoot and Daniel is holding him back from shooting and scoring the way he did in his MVP Hart trophy year. Daniel better get his sh*t together cuz Torts won’t play favourites or molly coddle guys like AV.

  17. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    If Gillis ‘isn’t’ whacked tomorrow, then here’s what I see going down …

    A) Aquilini Investments restructures Luongo’s K by ‘writing off’ at least 20-25 million, thus leaving a much more ‘palpable’ circa 20 million over the next decade

    B) Aquilini Investments then sends Luongo to the Bolts and in return receives some worthless ‘face-saving’ asset(s) … Loo and wifey-poo very very happy !!! :) :) :)

    C) Aquilini Investments then liquidates Gillis in retaliation for the hideous financial loss and thereafter immediately promotes John Tortorella to the position of ‘Coach & GM’ of the Canucks

  18. chip56 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I’m excited to see how the Sedin’s react when told they have to throw their bodies into the line of fire.

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