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Report: Tortorella will be fired Thursday

May 1, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

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For the second time in as many years, John Tortorella will be shown the door, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

The controversial coach was brought in to make the Vancouver Canucks a better postseason squad after back-to-back first round exits under former bench boss Alain Vigneault. Instead, Tortorella’s Canucks failed to make the playoffs entirely and will reportedly be fired tomorrow.

Vancouver averaged just 2.33 goals per game in 2013-14, which put them ahead of just the Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres in the NHL. A lot of that was due to the decline of the Sedin twins, who combined for just 27 goals and 97 points after Daniel Sedin alone topped that total in 2010-11 and Henrik Sedin did so in the previous campaign.

That’s not to suggest Tortorella was an innocent victim to Sedin’s decline though as his desire to have them focus more on blocking shots and killing penalties might have contributed to their offensive struggles.

Assuming the report is true, Tortorella’s firing would be another major step in the Canucks’ efforts to reinvent themselves. In the last two months, they’ve traded goaltender Roberto Luongo, fired GM Mike Gillis, and appointed Trevor Linden as the team’s new president.


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  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    See ya on TV talkin’ hockey Torts. Doubt you’re getting another head coaching job right away

    • jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      If the media will have him.

  2. killerpgh - May 1, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    I think it’s safe to assume he won’t end up as an assistant coach in Calgary.

  3. billiam55 - May 1, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    feel bad for torts. hes a good coach. hed fit in nashville though.

    • bilbono - May 1, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      Coaches get too much credit when the team wins and take too much blame when when the team loses.

      • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        So basically they’re either overpaid or obsolete.

      • pastabelly - May 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Not a fan of Scotty Bowman? :)

        Coaches are pretty important in hockey because they implement systems. Hockey may not be to the level of football, but it could be second.

  4. stcrowe - May 1, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I am not a fan of Tortorella, but I don’t think that his job prospects are that bad. He was the wrong coach for this team, and Mike Gillis was an incompetent general manager.

    • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      I think he’s proven that his shot blocking and confrontational ways are things of the past.

  5. canucks30 - May 1, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    I’d hire Mike Johnston.

    He coached Trevor Linden from 2001-2006 as part of Marc Crawford’a coaching staff.

    He’s been very successful in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks and has done a tremendous job developing young players which is what the Canucks are in fire need of.

  6. drewzducks - May 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Looking like the San Jose job could finally be opening up.

    • nightfireop - May 1, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      no please don’t put tortorella with the sharks.

      • drewzducks - May 1, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        You don’t think he and Jumbo Joe would get along swimmingly ? In all seriousness, with the talent they have on their roster, and their fan support I’d think it would be an attractive destination for a Laviolette or Trotz type. Only drawback is the difficulty of making the playoffs in the Western Conf.

  7. barkar942 - May 1, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    He will want to come back east. I would pay his salary if he were to take over behind the Capital’s bench!
    HEADLINE-“Torts hired as the new Capitals coach.”
    NEXT DAY HEADLINE- “Ovy retires and signs a new deal with any KHL team not named Mettalurg or having anything to do with Iron Mike Keenan.”

    • 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      That would be good for the Caps,just what the Dr. ordered !

      • 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        I don’t think Ovi retires, he’ll adjust his play !

    • sausey22 - May 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Sending Torts to the Caps would be amazing. Especially after the last two Capitals playoff defeats having been at his hands.

  8. 950003cups - May 1, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Bad move! Hope he doesn’t get hired in the EC. He was NOT the reason the Nucks suck. He was the reason they’re not choosing #1 overall.

    • canucks30 - May 1, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      Torts turned the Sedins from point per game offensive dynamos to 40pt shot blocking, penalty killing, checkers.

  9. sjsharks66 - May 1, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Despite what he said about Thornton. I respect the hell out of Torts. Do I want him in San Jose if Tmac is canned? No, I don’t.. Do I wish him the best of luck? You bet your ass I do!

  10. jason9696 - May 1, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    I don’t understand why they gave him a 4 or 5 year contract at 2 million dollars a year before the season began. Coaches rarely last that long. Now the Canucks will be paying two coaches next season.

  11. joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    I guess the exit interviews weren’t too kind for Torts.

  12. icrew29 - May 1, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Give him the Washington job, I would love to see OV blocking shots!

  13. earpaniac - May 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Did anyone think this would work? (Other than Gillis)

  14. jackvcr - May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Two good moves by the Canucks: they fired the moron who hired Tortorella and now they’re getting rid of Tortorella.

  15. pastabelly - May 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Tororella will be cashing big checks for years to come. $2 million per year for the next three years NOT to coach. Nice.

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