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Torts admits he doesn’t like Hartley following Sedin hit

Apr 14, 2014, 12:28 AM EDT

Brian McGrattan, Tom Sestito AP

The state of the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks in the standings likely dictates that their rivalry is lower on the NHL totem pole, but that doesn’t mean the hatred isn’t there. Apparently the two teams’ head coaches are already developing some serious disdain in their first years going head-to-head.

Canucks bench boss John Tortorella did his best to hold his tongue about Paul Byron‘s hit on Daniel Sedin, yet he still acknowledged his distaste for Bob Hartley of the Flames.

Update: Here’s full video with Torts’ comments:

On the bright side, Tortorella was able to keep those bad feelings in check enough to avoid visiting the Flames locker room this time around

Here’s another look at Byron’s hit on Sedin from Sunday:

Not surprisingly, the situation prompted differing viewpoints from different teams. Byron defended it:

… While Daniel’s twin brother thought otherwise:

It’s still early, but perhaps the most important takeaway is that Daniel Sedin appears OK, at least so far:

  1. leepetertk - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    So something that always bothers me about these plays is that the hitter never owns up to the hit. He can say it was a quick developing play and he made the wrong choice. But instead, the hitter almost always says he didn’t think the play was dirty. Inevitably, when he gets suspended by the league, his coach/GM/team will stick up for him and tell everybody it was not a dirty play. Byron pushes D. Sedin right in the numbers and near the boards. This is clearly boarding in a vulnerable place on the ice with the player in a vulnerable position.

    I wish the players would own up a bit more to their actions and agree with suspensions and then move on. Same goes to the team receiving the hit. Instead of outright calling the play dirty, I think they should refer to NHL supplemental discipline to ultimately call if the play deserves a suspension.

    • dtownbeatdown - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      That hit didn’t deserve a suspension. Plain and simple, the homers need to stop being so bias on every single hit that someone gets hurt is automatically a suspension. A penalty and a suspension are two different animals. Unfortunately for Sedin his head was turned in a position that it hit the boards awkwardly.

  2. muckleflugga - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    you have to give tortorella credit for having a sense of humour … with the sort of edge a man has just before a deserved visit to the guillotine … hartley plays him shamelessly

    i can’t watch tortorella’s storming of flames’ locker room without howling … no shrinking violet is our john … judiciously permitting himself to be restrained

    and mcgrattan … he looks like he’s sizing-up eight pounds of prime rib … hoping … drooling

  3. phxyotes - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    I’m not a fan of either team, but IMO the hit looked clean. It’s unfortunate that Sedin was injured though.

    • dueman - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Exactly. This hit is similar to the Paul Ranger hit in Toronto. Daniel (just like Ranger) looks over and sees Byron coming, then turns his back to him at the last second. Players have to stop using this maneuver in trying to avoid getting hit. I honestly don’t even think that this hit should have been a major penalty…if anything, just a 2 minute minor. It’s unfortunate that Daniel had to leave the game, but I think that he’s more responsible for what happened than Byron. I’m not a fan of either team as well, so there are no tinted glasses in this opinion.

      • cofran2004 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        eh, it looked to me like sedin was turning to see if he had anyone to flip the puck to. I don’t think he’s at fault there at all. Byron got him right in the numbers… he should have held up. This is very worthy of a suspension.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      I wouldn’t say it was a CLEAN hit, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it was DIRTY either. I WOULD say it was a BAD hit, a bad decision.

  4. skr213 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Hit didn’t seem that bad? Not sure what happened that caused Daniel to get injured. Obviously, he goes head first into the boards, but it wasn’t even in the same league as, for example, when Dan Boyle had his head driven into the boards earlier this season. It was definitely a boarding, but I wouldn’t even call it suspension worthy really. Seems like there must have been some flukey angle that just caught Daniel wrong?

  5. hawkeedawg - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Oh he will be suspended alright. Stephane Quintal, new Dept. Player Safety head, he is going to set an example. The problem is, if he is suspended for pre-season games only, he loses no pay. I f Quintal is smart, he will let him play pre-season, then suspension kicks in to start the regular season.

  6. slickvb82 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Typically I would say “shut the F up, Torts” cause we all know that man and his mouth, but he has a point here. That was absolutely a dirty hit, on one of their star players (not that a *star player should make a difference) but we all know it kind of does.

  7. muckleflugga - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    not a dirty hit at all …

    there was no time to contemplate harm when sedin’s own action contributed to force … take away the glass there’s no harm period

    the real culprit is design of boards and glass and players’ equipment … antiquated by every measure

    • slickvb82 - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:00 AM

      haha say whaaa!?!?

    • mackstrong2013 - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:08 AM

      My God, you’re right! If only the powers that be could figure out removing the glass solves it all! You have sparked me to create my own revolutionary improvement. From now on nobody will be able to drive fuel propelled vehicles. You may own a car, and use it for transport, but only if you push it. No more fatal car crashes ever!

      • ibieiniid - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

  8. rrsm53 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    watched the hit over and over again he gives him a little show he didnt drive Sedin’s head into the boards, this is getting ridiculous. Personally i dont like the Canucks and enjoy watching them getting tanked all year, their coach (soon to be ex) is a big tool. He is good at destroying teams which he did this year. Hey torts take a poll see how many coaches actually like your dumb ass.

  9. jpat2424 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Sedin sister down!! Sedin sister down !!

  10. storminator16 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Pushed him from behind into the boards when there was considerable amount of space between Sedin and the boards. What did Byron expect to happen? Hockey players, coaches, and fans can be extreme dopes on something like this. It was not a good hit. Play the puck or the play the man without using the boards as a weapon. Simple enough.

  11. joey4id - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Hockey players today will put themselves in a vulnerable situation to protect the puck. Not only did Byron have ample time to hold up, he actually pushed Sedin into the boards with considerable force. Bad on Sedin for turning his back a couple of feet from the boards to play the puck, and bad on Byron for not holding up. Players really need to stop turning their backs when they play the puck along the boards.

  12. theageofquarrel - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Arthur Fonzarelli doesn’t care for anyone or anything!!!

  13. hsnepsts - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Nucks fan here. The hit was not textbook clean. But neither was it really dirty, and I dont think it should be a suspension. Really unforetunate.

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