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Tortorella: ‘We need to change this hockey team’

Feb 3, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

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It’s not Eddie Lack‘s fault that the Vancouver Canucks dropped their fourth game in a row (and five of their last six) via a 2-0 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, but he was frustrated nonetheless.

“We can’t buy a win right now,” Lack said. “I’m trying to do my job and keep us in every game. It’s tough.”

Head coach John Tortorella praised Lack and David Booth after the defeat, but aside from that, he was as glum about his team on Monday night as he was earlier in the day.

“We need to change this hockey team,” Tortorella said. “We were a slow team. Lack of offence. This really worries me.”

Does that mean Torts might want changes that extend beyond acquiring Raphael Diaz? That remains to be seen, but Vancouver needs to find some way out of this funk or a playoff berth could slip through their fingers.

  1. cheesesteak75 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Perhaps the change should start with the coach? Who is the biggest pompous ass who pretends he knows everything.

    • livefromvancouver1975 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Dude are you drunk??? The problems this team is experiencing has nothing to do with the coaching Torts can only do and say so much to get his guys motivated for a game the rest is up to them to execute it out on the ice. Btw that “pompous ass who pretends he knows everything.” if you recall has a Stanley Cup ring on his finger so obviously he knows what he’s doing behind the bench. Torts is right he needs the right personnel,the core of the team needs a shake up!

  2. kingsfan93 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Hey Torts, have you ever thought that it just might be YOU that us the problem for this team? The Canucks were just fine with the last coach – even though he got canned. So, yes, this team needs a change.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I think you contradicted yourself. They were fine with the last coach but he got fired – so maybe it wasn’t the coach and the lack of scoring/effort from Vancouver’s top players is really the issue.

      • harpdog - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        lets see Higgins no goals, burrows no goals with both coaches Kesler, no goals with both coaches, twins numbers declining starting with V, Booth has one good game every month still no goals, Garrison, no goals or 1 goal with both coaches, Hansen no goals Kassisan no goals both coaches and then the rest are rookies and free agents waiver signings and you blame the coach? Again Vancouver fans have no idea about hockey.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Well, kingsfan93 isn’t a Vancouver fan clearly, and you’re agreeing with me, so not sure why you say once again Vancouver fans have no idea…

  3. muckleflugga - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    i think vancouver generally and canucks themselves are too laid back for tortorella’s style … fault neither way beyond results evident through season to date …

    something’s amiss

    get it together or the game at bc place will feature wind singing through slats and rows of empty seats

  4. muckleflugga - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    early reports out of detroit indicate john tortorella may be grilled by the league office yet again …

    it would appear the usually placid and soft-spoken tortorella simmered throughout tonight’s detroit game when his counterpart apparently permitted a giant steaming octopus to hover with teeth bared menacingly over canucks throughout tonight’s loss at the joe

    though his team was well rested and wings were playing their third game in four nights, fearfully frightened canucks’ cups and cup hopes shrank while they continued to grapple with goal getting gambits … this while being shutout by not one but two goalies in a single outing … the dreaded double naught nasty

    with his boys at-sea through game’s end and the populace of windsor wrenched from stupor of a penguins versus senators offering, tortorella was heard to scream “… that’s deliberately elevating the arms race you smug collitch edukated gold medal coveting sumb itch …”

    this before heading down the tunnel in hope of putting boots to babcock before being suckered by an intervening and unidentified purple sea monster named al …?

    in effort to mollify a seething tortorella, mike babcock was heard to counter in his cultivated collegiate manner “… no way … squid pro quo squid pro quo … we have to put up with the green menace at rogers arena so you get the purple people eater at the joe john …”

    there is speculation surfacing this may cost tortorella another twenty thousand from the league’s department of public humiliation … in the meantime, canucks may be looking to shore-up a struggling power play as mike gillis continues inquiries as to availability of

    mike cammellari

    • slysipops - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    • harpdog - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      you are an idiot

  5. tru2joelu4eva - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    “We need to change this hockey team”

    john tortorella said in february…

  6. patshal - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    I don’t know why the Vancouver Canucks would be stupid enough to hire John Tortarella. If they are going to change the team, he is the one who needs to be replaced. I guarantee he will be fired at the conclusion of their season. They did much better with Vigneault. He had a first place team and led them to a Stanley Cup against my favorite team, the Boston Bruins. I think they need to bring their old friend back. They will have much more success if they do just that.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Yeah, cause clearly that was working for them the last two playoffs. Torts is doing some things differently, and I like some of those things but I’m not so fond of others. But, he’s a different coach and the players were what needed to change in response to that. So far they’ve worked hard to start the year, but the effort (and results) have fallen off with injuries and just general lackluster play at the worst times.

  7. cspsrbums - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    This dude has lost his marbles. He is a clown. Why would you hire this guy. You are seeing the beginning of the end of torts in the NHL. He has completely lost this team. So long Torts

  8. lonespeed - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    John Tortorella is becoming the Bobby Valentine of hockey. Could he be one-and-done in Vancouver?

  9. purpleguy - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I thought that was why this guy was hired last summer?

  10. slysipops - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    word has it that TORTS is bringing in some EXPERTS to help out………………

    • elvispocomo - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Stop with the failed Youtube video posts. Just… stop.

  11. luuo73 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    All you guys saying torts needs to be fired are retarded. The only reason vigneault looked so good coach the nucks is because they played in a division with wild, Avs, flames, and oilers. This team has been bad for years you just haven’t noticed it. Tortorella plays a different system than AV. This season is on the players, Gillis is the one who needs to step up and make an impact trade. Sadly everyone he signs gets a trade clause too 😦

    • elvispocomo - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      To say they’ve been bad for years is pretty simplistic. They have fallen off a bit each year after their SCF appearance, but the bigger change of moving to the new division and the lack of scoring from their top players has really hurt them this year.

  12. joey4id - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    My guess is that Torts has loss the dressing room, and I believe his career is fast on the decline, and this might be his last stint. He he was spiraling downwards in NY, and that momentum he brought to Van.

    joey4id – Sep 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM
    Torts! Burke! We’re seeing a train wreck waiting to happen in Western Canada.

  13. hawkeedawg - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Canucks 10-2-1 in Dec.
    Bruins 8-5
    Yeah Torts has to go!!

    • joey4id - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Van 4 wins 13 loses in the last 17. I don’t know that he will go now. But! If he doesn’t get it together quickly he won’t be needing a dog walker next winter. He comes back from a two week suspension, the team was in disarray before that, and then he throws his players and GM under the bus after the first game when he returns. And, what message is he sending to the Van fan base? “We’re pathetic. We need to change the players.” If you’re the GM you’re getting an ear full from the owner, and you want answers. WTF is Tort doing? Like I said, I think he’s lost the locker room. Just like Noel did in WPG. You think Aquilini is not looking at what’s happening in WPG. If Nucks don’t right the ship now they will miss the playoffs. So, clean house now in hopes you make the playoffs or don’t and risk not making the playoffs. Which one will it be?

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