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Santorelli impressing Torts in Vancouver

Oct 8, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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We’d like to say something interesting came out of today’s media circus in Vancouver, but unless you count John Tortorella threatening to “walk” from reporters again, nothing really did.

Not surprisingly, everyone was saying the right things (read: the boring things) ahead of tonight’s game between the New Jersey Devils, featuring one Cory Schneider, and the Vancouver Canucks, featuring one Roberto Luongo.

If you don’t know the story there by now, we don’t know what to tell you. (Scroll down PHT maybe? Shouldn’t take too long to catch up.)

“That’s for you guys,” said Tortorella of the goaltending angle, per The Province. “These are the Devils and he [Schneider] happens to be the goalie. We want to beat them.”

From a hockey standpoint, the coach’s most interesting comments may have pertained to new forward Mike Santorelli.

Signed to a two-way contract by the Canucks this summer, the 27-year-old Santorelli scored twice in Sunday’s 5-4 victory in Calgary, including the overtime winner.

“Santorelli. We talk about him every day, and he did more than score a couple of goals,” said Tortorella, adding: “He does a lot of things well and I look for him in all situations.”

A Vancouver native, Santorelli tore up the BCHL as a teenager before starring with Northern Michigan University. As an NHLer, he’s only had one notable season, when he scored 20 goals for the Florida Panthers in 2010-11 on a team that also featured current Canucks David Booth and Jason Garrison.

  1. bigoldorcafromvan - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Geeez Jason you didn.t tell us about how Gillis got fleeced by NJ on the Schiender / Bo trade on draft day. Or have you whipped that dead horse enough?.

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      When the Canucks got Santorelli I was telling people that this was a good move. In fact if you compare his stats to Clarkson who was signed in free agency , it’s a pretty favourable comparison. The kid is on pace for a great season and more than 40 goals.

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