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article imageAre the Vancouver Canucks really talking to John Tortorella?

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 11, 2013 in Sports
It seems like it'd be a match made in hockey hell, like there'd be an endless succession of yelling and glowering, of media throwing darts. But according to TSN the Vancouver Canucks have interest in the man with the hockey mouth - coach John Tortorella.
TSN actually reported that French language sports specialty channel, RDS, came up with the news first that GM Mike Gillis was in talks with Tortorella. Gillis told the Team 1040 Friday that he wanted to speak with "four of five" more candidates, and he's already spoken to a handful, so the field is a large one.
Canucks fans and Tortorella: Good mix?
Which means Canucks fans who would bristle at the thought of Tortorella ranting at mics and media after every game next season won't have to worry - just yet. But Dallas Eakins is out of the running, having signed of course with Edmonton, and others they've spoken to, like former Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, fired after missing the playoffs in his two seasons there, don't seem high on Gillis' list.
Gillis fired his coach, Alain Vigneault, along with Vigneault's staff of Rick Bowness (who has already landed as an assistant with Tampa Bay) and Newell Brown, on May 22 after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Eight days later Torts was axed by the New York Rangers after being ousted in the second round. Ironically, New York is said to be interested in Vigneault.
Tortorella coached in Tampa for 7 seasons, from 2001 to 2008, before going to New York for 5 seasons. While he won the Stanley Cup with the Bolts in 2004, in his other 11 seasons as an NHL coach Tortorella missed the playoffs 4 times and lost in the first round another 4 times.
If that's a poor playoff record, pity the Vancouver scribe who decides to point it out to Mr. Tortorella should he wind up coaching the Canucks. Known for taking journalists to task when they ask questions he does not like, or barking out "next question" or "move on," Tortorella does not suffer fools, or suffer anyone, at least not for long.
He once told New York Post writer Larry Brooks, with whom he's had a running feud, to "go stand somewhere else" and then told him he was "probably beat up at the bus stop most of the time.” Given Canucks fans are rabid about hockey and love entertainment almost as much, many may now be saying - "yeah, bring him on."
But make no mistake about it, others are screaming "Nnnnooooooo!!!"
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