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Torts: Canucks aren’t ‘going to whine’ about injuries

Dec 19, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

Andrew Alberts #41 of the Vancouver Canucks skates in front of the bench with the puck against of the Florida Panthers on January 9, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Canucks 2-1.
(January 8, 2012 - Source: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

With two defensemen, Alex Edler and Ryan Stanton, out indefinitely with injuries, Canucks coach John Tortorella will turn to little-used veteran Andrew Alberts tonight in Dallas.

But the fact Alberts is being forced into the lineup doesn’t leave the coach feeling entirely comfortable, according to the Vancouver Sun.

“Andrew has practiced hard with us, but just hasn’t had a lot of game time in any league,” said Tortorella, noting that Yannick Weber “had some game looks” with AHL Utica before replacing Edler the past three games.

“But it is what it is, [Alberts] is going to go in, we are not going to whine about this. All teams go through it, we just have to find a way to be the best that we can be.”

Alberts, 32, has appeared in just six games for the Canucks this season, averaging only 5:40 of ice time.

Vancouver plays tomorrow in Chicago and hosts Winnipeg Sunday before a six-day stretch without a game. If Alberts struggles, it’s possible young Frankie Corrado could be called up from the AHL.

  1. hosewater2 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Corrado is ready and should be playing.

  2. runhigh24 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Hey at least Vancouver has a veteran to plug into the lineup. Some of the players the Penguins have had to roll with can’t even buy liquor yet.

  3. mcflower29 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    asking a nuck to not whine about injuries is like telling a chinaman to not eat rice.

    • chojamaru304 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Holy Smokes, what rock did you crawl under from?

    • chojamaru304 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Holy Smokes, what village library allowed you to use the internet?

      • mcflower29 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        make up your mind, rock or village.

  4. blomfeld - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT TORTS

    Just have to say again friends, that it’s pretty much impossible to dislike these Canucks with Torts at their helm. In fact, I would submit that he’s the ‘best’ hiring Gillis has made to date. And there’s actually only one other coach who I personally enjoy listening to more, which of course is our very own Darryl Sutter ! :) Yet with Tortorella there’s something very ‘honest & likeable’ about his manner of speech and presentation ? It’s almost like you’re listening to just a regular hockey fan on the street, even though he’s an extremely knowledgeable person who knows what he’s talking about. Anyway, just wanted to put that out there for my Canuckle friends ! :)

    True story: a few weeks back I was at the Arbutus Ridge Mall walking from the liquor store to Safeway and lo & behold who do you think I ran into ? … none other than Daniel Sedin and his nice family ! … though to be honest, it could have been Henrik too, as I honestly couldn’t be sure ?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Blomfeld, while almost anything can trigger a link to a song, I do not get this one at all. Could you at least provide a hint for us non-intuitive wonders?

      Thanks!

      • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        of course friend … in this particular video (Marionette by ABBA ’77) you’ll find that both Frida and Agnetha are dressed ‘identically’ like Marionette dolls (ie: to the casual eye, one is virtually indistinguishable from the other) … therefore my intent is to re-enforce the fact that I was genuinely unable to determine which Sedin brother I had just greeted, there in the Arbutus Village mall a few weeks back … was it Daniel or was it Henrik ? … I honestly couldn’t tell, which is quite remarkable given that I’m blessed with HASP (highly advanced sensory perception) …

  5. pvs1959 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    No whining in Vancouver? Good one. Waaaancouver.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Ah, but is it a whine from good vintage? It’s a charming Sauvignon Blanc, just off dry, forward fruit, lemony tones, a touch of vanilla from having spent a month in oak.

      • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        and don’t forget to mention a delightful bouquet which offers ‘fanciful’ hints of soft tannins, coupled with ‘seductive and alluring’ elements of cedar, spice and blackcurrant …

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