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Author:  raydan [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:41 pm ]
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Should make for some interesting trash-talking next season. :lol:

Author:  Mowich [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:38 pm ]
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I am doing a 180 on Torts......having listened to his interview after being introduced as the new head coach of the Canucks, I was most impressed with his open acknowledgement of his mistakes including calling out players in public and his willingness to work with the media. I can well imagine that Gillis set him straight on the need to restrain his outbursts. Vancouver is an entirely different kettle of fish than is NY and if Torts wants to swim with the fishes rather than being chased by the sharks, he will need to play nice with the local media.

That said, this could well be exactly what the Canucks need to finally be more than contenders for the Cup. I very much liked how Torts emphasized the need for a strong defence as well as a good offence........if the Boston/Hawks series taught us anything it was that he is dead right about that.

Author:  raydan [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:41 pm ]
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Mowich wrote:
I very much liked how Torts emphasized the need for a strong defence as well as a good offence........

Duh!!! [huh]

Author:  Hyack [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:17 pm ]
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JOHN TORTORELLA PRESS CONFERENCE (JUNE 25, 2013)



Haven't watched all of it, but he's talking the talk, time will tell if he can back up his talk....

Author:  Canadian_Mind [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:55 pm ]
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I like this guy. Personally I wont mind if he gets a little flamboyant. What will matter is how he sculpts this team and if he can produce a winning combination, and I have confidence in his ability to do that.

Author:  Hyack [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:22 pm ]
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I've watched all the interviews he's done today and can't believe how sincere he seems to be. He's admitted basically all of his sins and says he happier than a pig in shit to be here coaching in Canada and Vancouver. Says he realizes his dealings with the media and players will have to change. I guess I'll have to give him the benefit of doubt and see how things turn out by the start of the new season.....or until he totally blows it between now and then.... :|

Author:  raydan [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:39 pm ]
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Wow, didn't take long for that turnaround. :roll:

Author:  Hyack [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:49 pm ]
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raydan wrote:
Wow, didn't take long for that turnaround. :roll:


As I said, I took the time and watched everything the media had to offer, CBC, CTV, NHL, the Canucks. If he comes across with what he's been preaching I won't have any problem standing behind him, if on the other hand he continues the way he was in NYC it's gonna be a whole different story. Watch the vid I posted above and compare that to some of the other vids of him in NYC.

Author:  Hyack [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:19 pm ]
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Torts' time

By Derek Jory

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First things first.

“Can we call you Torts?”

And with that I officially asked John Tortorella, the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks and one of the most intimidating interviews in hockey history, my first question.

In the three seconds between question and answer, a list of infamous Tortorella responses ran through my head: ‘I’m not telling you,’ ‘No comment,’ I have no idea what you’re talking about’ and simply ‘no.’

“Yes, that’s what I prefer to be called,” he replied, smiling, making eye contact. “No one calls me John, no one calls me coach. I feel so much more comfortable with Torts. My mother calls me John, that’s about the only person in my life that does, and she calls me Johnny.”

Who was this man seated behind a freshly cleaned desk, in a freshly cleaned office, in the bowels of Rogers Arena, pleasantly opening up about himself? And what had he done with the John Tortorella from all those viral clips that have been populating top 10 lists for years?

After meeting with the 17th head coach in Canucks history early Monday afternoon, I feel like he was punking the world while in New York, pulling a Joaquin Phoenix if you will.

A 30-minute discussion with Torts, who was officially introduced as head coach Tuesday at 1 p.m., and my opinion of him is radically different than before.

Yours will be too, in time.

No point in contrasting him with his predecessor Alain Vigneault – one of AV’s favourite sayings was Keep Calm and Carry On, while Tortorella’s might be something more like Whatever It Takes. The 54-year-old Boston native isn’t about to change who he is behind the bench or in front of the cameras, but he and Canucks GM Mike Gillis agreed he’s got some adjustments to make.

“I think it’s come to the point with me,” said Tortorella, “where I’m kind of being defined as ‘that lunatic,’ not only on the bench, but also after games with media. I don’t want to be defined that way, but I do make my own bed in that type of situation and I need to make some corrections, I need to make some adjustments in that part of it.

“I’m dealing with an older team here, as I look at the roster, I think I need to respect the older players and some of the processes they’ve gone through and make adjustments with myself as far as how I handle them.”


So far, so good.

Tortorella’s hiring begins a new chapter in franchise history, one that promises to be predictably unpredictable. While Tortorella, who spent much of Sunday afternoon reading the Canucks media guide to familiarize himself with player backgrounds, admitted it’s too early for him to comment on how his version of the Canucks will differ from the team swept from the first round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, the all-time winningest U.S.-born head coach’s track record speaks for itself as far as winning is concerned.

He’s won a Stanley Cup, Calder Cup and an ACHL Championship, a Jack Adams Award, silver medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and has compiled a 410-330-37-67 record in the NHL.

“My job as a head coach of a hockey team is to push athletes to be the best they can be, to push them to areas where they don’t think they can get, that’s my job and I’m going to do that,” said Tortorella, matter-of-factly. “But let’s be honest, there’s a perception about me and some of the perception is put in an area where that’s all people think I am. I need to prove myself to the players that I’m not just that person and I think that’s going to be a relationship that grows. I want them to understand that I care, I care a lot about winning and losing, but I also care about the people and it’s my job to push people, but I also think it needs to be done in a respectable way and I don’t think a lot of people think it’s done that way, but really they don’t know what goes on in behind here.


“Right now I’m trying to figure out who the Vancouver Canucks are,” admitted Torts, who studied team video throughout the interview process. “I know they’ve been successful, but they’ve got to that point and it’s just that next step they need to take. What’s needed there? I’m a big believer in ‘what is your identity’ and creating an identity, that’s what we’re going to look to. I think there’s some sort of identity there, but when a new coaching staff comes in, you have to put your stamp on that too.”

Tortorella has a lot on his plate right now, as you can imagine, between settling into his role and the city, meeting countless team personnel and staff, hiring assistant coaches, getting to know the players and fitting into a new wardrobe.

Two questions into this interview and CanucksTV reporter Joey Kenward realized Tortorella had NYR on the sleeve of his black jacket. As he was handed a Canucks team jacket, Torts laughed it off as a wardrobe malfunction, saying that one of the toughest parts of changing jobs is switching all your team branded clothing.

If Torts thinks that's tough, he's in for a treat when he truly gets to know Vancouver’s invested, passionate, outspoken fanbase.

“Just walking from the hotel to the rink, I found that out pretty quickly,” he said, when asked if he knew what a hockey mad market Vancouver is. “I’ve been very fortunate in the cities I’ve coached in, but really in the back of my mind, I was hoping someday I’d get a chance to coach in Canada. I’m beginning to understand what it does mean to the people here; I am going to work as hard as I possibly can to make it right and hopefully help us take the next step here. It’s a very good team, it just needs to take the next step.


“This is an adventure and it’s an honour and a privilege and I couldn’t be happier as far as where I’m at at this stage of my career and to have an opportunity to do this in the province of BC with all the people that are glued into this team. It’ll be a tremendous challenge, but I couldn’t be happier.”

Tortorella is talking the talk, walking the walk will have to wait a few months, unfortunately, but with the 2013 NHL Draft less than a week away and free agency shortly after that, the Canucks will be changing before long.

Until then, opinions will hopefully start changing about the new coach in Vancouver.

"As I said before, the perception of me is one I fight every day, but it’s a perception I put myself into with some of the things I’ve done. I want to fight that a bit, I want people to get to know us a little bit to understand what we really are, as a family and me as a coach and as a person. I hope we’re able to have an opportunity to do that.”

Author:  sandorski [ Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:12 pm ]
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He just might be what the team needs to be consistent in the Playoffs. I'm hoping anyway. Vigneault was/is a great coach and I will miss his friendly demeanor, but he may have lacked the fire needed to push the Players to achieve more.

Time will tell.

Author:  Mowich [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:19 am ]
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Hyack wrote:
raydan wrote:
Wow, didn't take long for that turnaround. :roll:


As I said, I took the time and watched everything the media had to offer, CBC, CTV, NHL, the Canucks. If he comes across with what he's been preaching I won't have any problem standing behind him, if on the other hand he continues the way he was in NYC it's gonna be a whole different story. Watch the vid I posted above and compare that to some of the other vids of him in NYC.


Good on you, Hyack. I used to be one of his biggest detractors but, I too, after listening to his interviews and reading what the media is saying about him now, am willing to give him a chance. A wait and see attitude, you might say. I too thought he came across as very sincere....could not have been easy for him to admit his mistakes so publicly and without reservation...takes a good man to do that.

Now let's see what he can do with the team.........never know we might be singing his praises yet.

Author:  Mowich [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:21 am ]
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sandorski wrote:
He just might be what the team needs to be consistent in the Playoffs. I'm hoping anyway. Vigneault was/is a great coach and I will miss his friendly demeanor, but he may have lacked the fire needed to push the Players to achieve more.

Time will tell.


It will be very interesting to see what Alain can do with the Rangers and if his style of coaching is what the team needs. Always liked him and wish him and the team all the best......even though I am not a big fan.

Author:  QBC [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:21 pm ]
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Mowich wrote:
Hyack wrote:
raydan wrote:
Wow, didn't take long for that turnaround. :roll:


As I said, I took the time and watched everything the media had to offer, CBC, CTV, NHL, the Canucks. If he comes across with what he's been preaching I won't have any problem standing behind him, if on the other hand he continues the way he was in NYC it's gonna be a whole different story. Watch the vid I posted above and compare that to some of the other vids of him in NYC.


Good on you, Hyack. I used to be one of his biggest detractors but, I too, after listening to his interviews and reading what the media is saying about him now, am willing to give him a chance. A wait and see attitude, you might say. I too thought he came across as very sincere....could not have been easy for him to admit his mistakes so publicly and without reservation...takes a good man to do that.

Now let's see what he can do with the team.........never know we might be singing his praises yet.


I will always be a Canucks fan.( still cheered for the Nucks even during the Keenan/ Messier bullshit years, just hated those two pricks guts) Win, loose, tough times and good, but I don't have to like having an A-hole for a coach. His winning will take a back seat as to how he does it. If he wins with some class, even if he's a tough coach, I'll like it. If he wins with the attitude and complete lack of class he's shown so far in his career, I'll call a spade a spade and still cheer for our boys on the ice.

(A slight change over a former post I made when I was throwing up after hearing Torcherella was coming to Van.)

Author:  Hyack [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:30 pm ]
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Canucks trade Cory Schneider to New Jersey for 9th pick

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The Vancouver Canucks have solved their goaltender drama, but not in the way most people expected.

The Canucks traded Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth pick in the NHL draft, leaving Roberto Luongo as the starting goalie.

"Today's decision was made after a thorough review of our options and in the interest of improving this team long-term through the draft and development of players," general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement.

"We appreciate the high level of professionalism and conduct both Cory and Roberto have shown while continuing to help this team be competitive. I would like to personally thank Cory for his contributions to our team and wish him the very best and a bright future."

Gillis said he "had to listen" to offers on Schneider. The one he took got the Canucks London Knights forward Bo Horvat at No. 9.

Horvat, an 18-year-old centre, played the past two seasons for the Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 33 goals and 28 assists in 2012-13.

When the trade was announced, Horvat was surprised, like everyone else in Prudential Center. He had no idea the Canucks were going to take him.

"Anything can happen on draft day," Horvat said.

Horvat's will undoubtedly be under the microscope after being part of the trade that ended Schneider's Canucks tenure and re-inserted Luongo as the starter.

"I don't feel any pressure, actually," Horvat said. "I think it's more exciting than anything. I'm just really happy to be part of the organization. I can't wait to get there and show them that I can be that guy that they picked me at 9 (for)."

Schneider, 27, has two years left on a contract that counts US$4 million against the salary cap. Veteran Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur turned 41 in May and has one year left.


link

8O Well, that's one way to solve the two goalie problem....

Author:  wildrosegirl [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:58 pm ]
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Holy F-word!!

First they dump Dickerella on ya's, and now this?

Whoa..... I'll take all the ribbing in the world over being an Oil fan before suffering the wrath unleashed on the poor 'Nuckleheads.


:lol:

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