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Tortorella, Vigneault admit it’s strange to face former teams

Sep 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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Alain Vigneault coached the Vancouver Canucks for seven seasons while John Tortorella was the New York Rangers’ bench boss for five, so Thursday’s upcoming preseason game must be weird for both of them. They spoke about as much with the Bergen Record earlier today.

“It is strange,” Vigneault said. “Strange is a word I can use right now. Coming in this morning and saying hi to the staff that worked with me for a long time, it was special.”

Tortorella’s experience probably wasn’t as emotional since the game isn’t in Madison Square Garden. Still, he noted that he didn’t really want to leave the Rangers in the first place.

“I said right along, I loved working there,” Tortorella said. “Did I want to leave? No. I was told to leave and I left. It’s part of the game and I’m knee-deep in it here trying to get this team ready to play.”

As far as regular season meetings go, the Canucks go back to MSG on Nov. 30 while Vancouver hosts the Rangers on April Fool’s Day, 2014.

  1. blomfeld - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM


    Not trying to be funny here, but I can ‘guarantee’ you friends that 99.9% of Canuckle Nation wouldn’t know the answer to that question either, even if their lives depended on it ! Anyway, I have to say again that there’s something really ‘likeable’ about Torts eh ? Of course you east coast guys already know all about this guy, etc. But here in Vancouver he’s a new entity for us and I sense that ‘good times’ are a coming ! :)

    • badintent - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Yes Sir ! Canucks up 5-0 !! in only the second period.If this keeps up , we may have a winner until the east coast road trips start. The Twins are hoping to leave a legacy of more than just points, passes and assists. The Canucks will give out free Taco Bell salmon fish tacos every time Lou post a shutout.

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