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Sedin backs Tortorella and staff: ‘We love playing for these coaches’

Mar 13, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT

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Canucks captain Henrik Sedin has jumped to the defense of embattled head coach John Tortorella.

“We love playing for these coaches, that’s the bottom line,” Sedin said, per the Vancouver Sun. “I mean, they put in a system where we know we can win each and every game.”

There’s been much discussion over the last few weeks about Tortorella’s job security in Vancouver. The Canucks have gone 5-12-1 and fallen to 10th in the Western Conference since his infamous attack attempt on Calgary coach Bob Hartley on Jan. 18 and, on Wednesday, GM Mike Gillis didn’t give Tortorella a vote of confidence when asked about the coach’s future in Vancouver.

“Again, that’s rumor and speculation,” Gillis said, per the Sun. “I’m not commenting on that because it just lends credibility to what’s out there with bloggers and all kinds of different people. So it’s unfair to comment on any future plans other than what we’ve already said, which is we’re trying to get younger, we’re trying to re-tool and we’re trying to do some things a little differently in the next 1-3-5 years.”

Gillis also declined to say if he felt Tortorella lost the Canucks’ dressing room.

As such, getting the captain’s backing has to be a good sign for Tortorella and assistants Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan. Sedin is a well-respected voice in both the room and throughout the organization and despite going through a down year offensively — something many have pinned on Tortorella’s conservative playing style — Sedin insisted the players are the ones responsible for the poor performance this year.

“What’s been missing this year, so far, has been us making mistakes and it’s cost us. I think that has been our biggest problem,” he explained. “We have a lot of guys in here who care extremely much about this team.”

  1. pirovash88 - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    “I mean, they put in a system where we know we can win each and every game.”

    Yeah.. Then why aren’t you winning each and every game?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Or even half of their games?

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      why doesn’t any team win every game? obviously they aren’t executing the system according to plan…

  2. dolanster - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    I think this is some Swedish code-speak where you say exactly the opposite of what you’re really thinking and hope someone understands.

  3. elrock7 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I guess henrik decided it is more fun to block shots, than score goals…..seems to be working out well!

  4. lowenni - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Hahahaha. Yeah. Right. Okay. Either way he’ll likely be shown the door by the end of the season, even if the players back him, Nucks fans will be calling for his head.

    • 7mantel - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      If he gets fired he going to land in DC ! Which I feel will turn your franchise around ! Oats is too vanilla !

    • lowenni - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      That’s just what they said he would do in Vancouver, and now look at ’em…

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        They HAVE turned it around. They WERE a playoff team, and right now they aren’t.

      • 7mantel - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Have you checked the win / loss of both teams ?

  5. sabatimus - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    He’s obviously lying.

  6. Wineshard - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Good on Henrik. Classy words, regardless of whether it reflects the truth.

  7. crazemastercraze - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    It’s an old Viking technique. “Yeah, we won’t come to you lands and pillage them. Nothing to worry about!”. Then spring comes………

  8. phxyotes - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Brain washed minion.

  9. mike0987 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    maybe the gm should be fired..

  10. colby7 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    It’s called being a Captain and doing whatever you can to help this team win hockey games. Whether he believes it or not, it is a step in the right direction. If you are a player and you don’t have a personal beef with the coach, I think Henrik’s comments could make an impact.

    • phxyotes - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      I think you’re a complete dope.

      • colby7 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        You think everyone on this planet likes their boss or manager? It’s called being a professional, and a highly compensated one at that. Henrik signed a 7 million dollar contract after Torts was hired, so he would look pretty foolish to speak against him now.

  11. canuckinamerica - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Well….there’s the Kiss of Death.

  12. blomfeld - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Det Var Bra Sagt Min Vännen !

    Unlike the majority of posters here at PHT, I know the Swedish mind ‘first hand’ and therefore I’m able to recognize these comments from Henrik as being ‘completely’ consistent with truth and the ‘decency’ which is Swedish. I lived and worked in that country for four years (79-83) becoming a ‘permanent resident’ in the process. Swedish is my ‘second’ language and as fate would have it, my Swedish ‘ex’ connects me to the Canuck’s highest ‘inner’ circle in such an outlandish way that it’s almost farcical … such is life eh ? Nonetheless, the bottom line is that I can attest that the Swedish people and their societal values are second to none and therefore I believe ‘everything’ that Captain Henrik says ! …

    Låt oss nu komma igång Henrik ! :)

    GO CANUCKS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. pigpen1013 - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    I played in Sweden in 98-98, but I still don’t understand your constant use of parentheses, Blomfeld. It’s not a Swedish thing or an English thing.

    • blomfeld - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      Suffice it to say friend, it’s a ‘Blomfeld’ thing … God bless you

    • bbk1000 - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:23 AM

      The parentheses are fine…..the constant use of quotation marks has me a bit concerned…..especially the single variety.

  14. patshal - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Sedin’s a wierdo

    • kingcobraman - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      a wealth caring guy… your wacked crackerjack….

  15. pigpen1013 - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Haha, I’m a dummy.

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