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Report: Torts adds Sullivan, Gulutzan to Canucks coaching staff

Jul 3, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks look like they’re just about finished with an overhaul behind the bench.

John Tortorella fleshed out his coaching staff by bringing in his New York Rangers assistant Mike Sullivan and former Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports.

This could create an interesting dynamic, especially if Gulutzan and Sullivan wield similar power behind Tortorella.

The New York Post reports that Sullivan estranged more Rangers players than Tortorella, leading some to wonder if the Canucks would be better off with a “good cop” to go with Torts’ intensity.

Perhaps Gulutzan can be that soothing presence? He was fairly mild-mannered in Dallas, aside from the occasional blowup where he questioned his team’s … manhood.

Either way, with Roberto Luongo still in tow, this could be a fascinating season in Vancouver. Canucks fans just hope it’s for the right reasons.

  1. canucks30 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    2 former head coaches who have achieved some level of success in the NHL.

    Not bad.

    Although I’m sure Rangers and Bruins fans will disagree.

    • rangerfan917 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Good Luck with torts and sully calling the sedins wimpy and not carrying their weight in the def. end zone. Torts will tell the sedins to stop being creative and to cover the side wall and the high slot in the def. end zone. And for god sakes Daniel and Henrik will you block a damn shot.

      • mfenimore - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        By the time the season ends, The Sedin’s will be on the third line . . . or maybe Tots will send one down to the minors!!! Oh this is going to be entertaining.

      • hawkeedawg - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        You do realize that Henrik had 45 pts and was +19 while Daniel had 40 pts and was +12 and they were both credited with being the best two way forwards when Sweden won the Gold at the World Championships. The Sedins have nothing to worry about, Torts has already said they will also kill penalties this year.

        But I guess that makes them defensive liabilities in some peoples opinion.

        Rangers917, I guess you must have watched them all season to make your comments, must have been a lot of late nights for you and your expert opinion.

        mfenimore, what league have you been watching? Certainly not the NHL

  2. dlk75150 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Good luck from Dallas gully!

  3. einjzmolf - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Yikes, the Canucks are going to turtle harder than the Coyotes this year.

  4. shanesander - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Vancouver 2013-14 will be legend-wait for it-dary! LEGENDARY!

  5. cameltoews - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Listen I’m a ranger fan who appreciates what Torts did for our team. He changed the thinking from just buying players to developing from within. He had to be hard on the players at first so they would understand what he wanted. I think he should have let up some and let the players actually play to their strengths and not just block shots and develop offense from defense. I think he will do just fine in Vancouver at first but after some time he may get old again.

  6. matt14gg - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    This is the problem with these two. They are both miserable SOB’s. Sully is a great hockey guy and a teacher who is an excellent ambassador for the game (with USA Hockey), but when he’s behind the bench he’s just as miserable as Tortorella. That style does not work. I’d be willing to bet Mike Gillis had a long talk with Torts, and more than likely Torts and Sullivan had a long talk with each other, about what needs to be different in Vancouver. Tortorella was his own worst enemy in NY and much of that was contrived nonsense, because he had been trying to emulate guys like Belichick and Parcells. The reason a very talented Rangers team failed so badly was cuz the players hated Tortorella so much, and because Torts treated the media so badly they were not going to protect him. I would bet anything you will see a completely different guy next season and you will also see more of the “good cop, bad cop” in Vancouver than the two miserable pricks that coached the Rangers the last few years.

    Not saying the Canucks don’t need a little tough love, cuz they do. That team is loaded with entitled prima donnas that need a huge wake up call. For years Vigneault thought the answer was to scream at the refs and Gillis thought railing to anyone who would listen that there was a league wide conspiracy against his team, when in fact it was just a soft team that the refs got tired of protecting, and being embarrassed by (see the Sharks series where the refs clearly stuck it to the Nucks), that needed to be held more accountable.

    Tortorella needs to find that balance of telling his players the facts of life (something the likes of the Sedins, Burrows, LaPierre, Bieksa, Kesler, etc. never wanted to hear), and also finding more of a balance with his players and the press than he had in NY. If he tries to take on Tony Gallagher, who is mostly clueless, he’s just wasting his time. Tony Gallagher, a sycophant if there ever was one, just needs is to be stroked a bit, and he will become Tortorella’s media ally. In the new age of sports you need to cultivate relationships with the media, whether you like it or not. If they love you they will cover for you more than you deserve, and if they don’t they will bury you just cuz they can. Torts needs to learn there are a lot of battles worth fighting, the battle with the media is not one of them.

  7. DTF31 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I hope these guys can work as well as they did with guys like Benn, Eakin, McD, Dillon and so on with the Canucks younger players.

  8. slysipops - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    EXTRA EXTRA… out of VANCOUVER : the SEDIN twins to retire from the NHL and pursue new careers in the CROCKETT LEAGUES ! ROBERTO LUONGO to also give up on the NHL to open an economy style PIZZA business .. sighting uneeded stress and mix-ups as the reason!

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