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Tortorella era in Vancouver will see Sedin twins blocking shots, killing penalties

Jun 26, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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We know they can cycle the puck. We know they can score, particularly in the regular season. We’re going to find out if they can kill penalties and block shots.

With John Tortorella being named as the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, the Sedin twins – Daniel and Henrik – will be counted upon to contribute more on the defensive side of the puck than they were under the old reign of Alain Vigneault.

That will include penalty killing duties and getting in the way of opposing players’ shots, which is in keeping with Tortorella’s on-ice plan that the New York Rangers, his old team, excelled at throughout most of his tenure.

“I’ll tell you right now, [the Sedins] are going to kill penalties,” Tortorella told reporters on Tuesday.

“And if they’re going to kill penalties, they’re going to block shots. I think they’ll welcome it because they want to get better, they want to win a championship, and that’s how you win a championship.”

  1. valoisvipers - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    And it starts!

  2. blackhawks2010 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    The trainwreck continues….

  3. loinstache - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    This past season saw the Sedins post their best defensive year, necessitated by all of the injuries… they actually came out quite ahead as far as possession metrics go in non offensive situations. Of course that doesn’t fit with them being soft sisters so of course no media outside of Vancouver blogs bothered to actually research their improvement

    • loinstache - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      the numbers in case anyone cares

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    I don’t think expecting your best players to kill penalties is unreasonable. Having them throw themselves in front of every shot is questionable though. I think you can do the former without doing the latter ad nauseum.

    • jaredphi - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      ^Well said. Agree 100%

  5. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    he’s insane. i don’t understand his fixation with blocking so many shots. is that really how you win championships? i think he just likes to inflict pain..

    • wikidpissah - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      In Monday’s game Chicago blocked 24 shots, Boston 7. It’s not about inflicting pain, it’s about every player on your team being willing to do whatever it takes to win.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        That’s part of the story, but not all of it. Not allowing a shot on goal is also part of it. An attempt that goes wide is not a shot on goal. A post is not a shot on goal. Being forced into bad angle shots is part of it. Retaining possession of the puck is part of it. Regaining the puck is part of it. An attempted pass anywhere near the net that hits an opponent might be called a blocked shot.

        Number of blocked shots is pretty weak metric.

      • wikidpissah - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Most metrics are weak on their own. tru2joelu4eva questioned whether blocking shots helped win championships. My point is that it’s more about the attitude that goes with it. Teams that are willing to throw themselves in front of shots, or do whatever else it takes to win, do better when the games get tougher as the playoffs progress. The last four Cup winners; Chicago, LA, Boston, Chicago, all had that attitude. Grit and defense wins.

      • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Monday’s game was the final game of the Stanley Cup Final, my friend…do that all year long, and your team won’t MAKE it to the SCF. There is a way to kill penalties and not taking direct lines between the goal and the puck. The Pens have been doing it for years (lots of teams have).

        Tortorella will force the twins out of Vancouver after next year. Maybe that’s what they want. Who knows…maybe ownership is right to basically blame the players, which is what they are saying when they bring someone like Torts in to “push the players”…didn’t work in NY, not going to work in VAN. He’s a horrible person, a horrible leader, and a horrible coach.

      • wikidpissah - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        While teams can’t play with playoff intensity all year long, lots of teams block shots as part of their system. There are different ways of killing penalties, but many collapse the box in front of the net and dare teams to try and get pucks through. It’s one of the reasons teams use a rotating “umbrella” rather than leaving a player at each point.

        I’m not a Tortorella fan, but in my opinion, if the Canucks had more grit, they’d have at least 1 Cup.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM


        You’re right. The attitude is the most important thing about shot blocking. My point wasn’t to dismiss that. It’s just that sometimes the numbers can be uneven because of a lot of different reasons, not all of which indicate an unwillingness to block shots.

        Boston and Chicago were both up there for blocked shots in the post season. Both teams exhibited the willingness to block shots. The top ten players, individually, were Bos, Bos, Chi, Chi, Bos, Pit, LA, Bos, NYR, Chi.

        It’s just the disparity in that game seems lop-sided, when other factors might have contributed to that lop-sidedness.

  6. einjzmolf - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    This is going to be wonderful lol

  7. 13datsyuk13 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Maybe Loungo can learn to block a shot under Torts regime!

  8. r4n6er - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Hank say good-bye to your NHL Ironman streak

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  10. kaptaanamerica - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Canucks haters always trolling. Must be cause they admire the Canucks from afar.Torts will be great for this team.

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Wait! Didn’t he say it was about winning battles?

    June 25, “That comes down to battles.” John Tortorella

    Yep! The trainwreck part II.

  12. ironyisadeadscene - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Can’t wait for him to say that Kessler sucks on the power play

    • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      He’ll sit him for the first month of the regular season because he’s already unhappy with his play.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM


  13. tripps3 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Makes sense to go to same playbook that failed in NY.

    • wikidpissah - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      And won a Stanley Cup in Tampa.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        They were 17th in blocked shots dept. in 03-04. NYRs were 10th last season.

      • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        He gets way too much credit for his Tampa stint. Why did Tampa get rid of him?

  14. columbiannecktie - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Hope Vancouver fans are ready to watch their highly skilled team struggle to score all season.

  15. drone501 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    i foresee a disaster coming.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      The over/under is 3 years, and I take the under. A five-year contract is the first step of the disaster, no doubt about that.

  16. earpaniac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    This just seems like same song, second verse. Take a team built of offensive skill players and try to turn them all into defensive grinders. And this time they don’t have a King watching their back. I just don’t see this ending well.

  17. malkinrulez - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    This sounds like a recipe for disaster! Killing penalties I agree , but blocking shots? Why exposé your best players to injury? Can’t wait to see how this plays out

  18. bronxsanman - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    This should be hilarious.Lets see if they get run out of town like Gaborik did.GOOD LUCK VANCOUVER FANS. Now you can watch him stifle all of your offensive talent.

    • gramkind - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      That is a great theory except Vancouver has not scored goals since the SCF against Boston. The way I see it the Canucks have been on a downhill slide since that series. Core is aging, very few prospects and declining support in the city. Worth a shot really Torts helps change the culture and pushes them to that final level, or a glorious burst of flames forcing a massive overhaul starting with Mike Gillis. I fail to see a downside and like a car wreck on the side of the road we may hate them but we will all rubber neck to see what happens.

  19. rpiotr01 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    The Sedin twins are not going to be happy when Torts starts referring to them in the media as ‘Laverne & Shirley’

    • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Laverne and Shirley weren’t sisters. Maybe Kourtney and Kloe would make the joke work.

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