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Canucks GM says Torts’ emotions got the best of him

Jan 21, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis spoke on head coach John Tortorella’s behalf on Tuesday regarding the 15-day (or six-game) suspension the fiery bench boss received.

The gist: Torts was a little too fiery, and that boiled over into that scene in front of the Calgary Flames’ locker room on Saturday.

“Torts is extremely disappointed in what happened. He accepts his punishment and we’ll move on,” Gillis said. “He’s an emotional guy and it got the better of him. He admitted that and the commissioner [Gary Bettman] accepted it.”

While there’s the chance that Tortorella may already be in hot water/on thin ice, there’s also the possibility that the two-week absence might have indirect benefits.

Despite leaving some fractured relationships behind in New York, there really wasn’t much/any turnaround time from the Rangers firing him to the Canucks hiring him. Moments like these can make situations worse, yet they can also give a coach a chance to gain a little rest and renewed perspective.

Hard-driving St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has said that a little time away from being the bench boss did him some good, for one. While Torts won’t receive the same amount of time off, there’s at least a chance one could find a silver lining.

For more on Torts and other NHL issues, check out the latest PHT Extra.

Update: The Canucks won their first game with Tortorella on hiatus, as Roberto Luongo looked impressive in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

  1. pistolpete31 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    When don’t they

  2. djshnooks - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    People forget this guy punched a fan when he was coaching in Buffalo or Rochester.

  3. joey4id - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Sounds like it may be time for Anger Management 101 classes for Torts. 💐

    • esracerx46 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM


      • joey4id - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        goozfraba: Made famous in the movie, Anger Management, it is an Eskimo term used by mothers to calm their young from angry tantrums.

  4. muckleflugga - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    yeah, say…what was tortorella thinking

    put on a suit and tie, your expected to tighten it up, suppress that emotion, squeeze those cheeks, lock down that sphincter, blend in, toe the party line, kow tow, scrape, genuflect…become another wishy washy bland card carry carrying conservative…

    what the boy needs is a goodly dose of mellow

    a bowl or two of romulan or lowryder or blue dynamite or blueberry or m-39 or chemo would hit the spot [ would it ever ]


    of course tortorella’s next appearance in another team’s room might be while completely starkers and wielding the remains of a forty pounder of herradura reserva in one hand and super-sized cheetos in the other…?

    but look at the upside…?

    marketing moguls in progressive states and provinces could clue in…sell a little product at the games themselves…disposable hookahs…bowls in the bowl…happy hockey

    imagine the explosion in food concessions alone

  5. pensfan1 - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    In one sense it was fun to see a coach over the top. Maybe a little too far but at least animated. Quite different than seeing the stone faced arm crossed statues normally behind a bench that look like they are intensely involved in a chess match. Maybe Torts should try baseball. At least the suspension is one game.

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