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Bieksa: ‘a lot of differences’ between Torts’ system and old one

Sep 20, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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According to Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa, there are “a lot of differences” between the system the Canucks employed for years under head coach Alain Vigneault and the one they’re currently learning under new bench boss John Tortorella.

Per The Province, Bieksa says the Canucks will play “more or less… a zone coverage” in the defensive end now, as opposed to man-on-man pressure. “So it’s being patient and taking care of your responsibilities.”

On offense, Bieksa says, “We’re going to need more pressure on the forecheck. We played fast last year but this is going to be a little more aggressive style.”

In terms of X’s and O’s, the style the Canucks play under Tortorella will be interesting to watch. Because for all the focus there’s been on shot-blocking, that’s just one aspect.

Also remember, the way Tortorella had the Rangers playing was a big reason he was fired, according to general manager Glen Sather, who believed, among other things, that his players were dumping the puck in too much under Tortorella.

Related: Apparently Glen Sather and Mike Gillis don’t see the game evolving the same way

  1. joey4id - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I never thought the issue with Torts was his system. He’s a master when it comes to Xs and Os, and getting the boys ready for a game. However, his truculent approach is passé for today’s players over the long haul.

  2. imleftcoast - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I thought it was Torts’ contumelious nature.

  3. blomfeld - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    No no no friends !

    What Torts is trying to do is very much avant-garde, sprinkled with a healthy dose of panache and perhaps a hint of risque … border line decadent no doubt, yet very cutting edge ! … 10/10 from the House of Blomfeld !!!!!!! :)

    • darksidecowboy - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      I only gave you a thumbs up because you used an amazing band with Sweet, instead of the usual Elvis (though Elvis is King), props for Sweet Blomfeld.

    • blomfeld - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Darkside … with all kidding aside, Sweet was ‘seriously’ cool back in the day ! :)

      • amaleader - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM


    • amaleader - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      oo n quick sucks

  4. ragsrus - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Blomfeld, can you go away? Everybody knows you’re just a troll.

    • blomfeld - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Ragrust … hate to break it to you friend, but you’re what biologists refer to as an ‘amoeba’ life form … here’s the deal, straight up and simple …

      The microscopic amoeba was first discovered by August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof in 1757. Early naturalists referred to Amoeba as the Proteus animalcule after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his shape. The name “amibe” was given to it by Bory de Saint-Vincent, from the Greek amoibè (αμοιβή), meaning change. Dientamoeba fragili was first described in 1918, and was linked to harm in humans.

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