The Vancouver Canucks will hold a press conference today, Tuesday, June 25, and introduce John Tortorella, the 17th head coach in the franchise's history. It's not up on their website but that is the buzz.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has said Tortorella's coming to Van City, as have many others. It's also logic talking as Torts landed in Vancouver last Friday and was whisked away from the airport by the Canucks. No one's seen him leave since. He was interviewed initially on Tuesday, June 11.
Now Erik Matuszewski of Bloomberg News in New York is in on the act. He's saying that the press conference will take place today. You got the sense GM Mike Gillis didn't want to do anything until the Stanley Cup was settled so now that it is, Matuszewski is likely correct and the Canucks will make soon make the announcement.
Matuszewski wrote this early Tuesday morning (not much past midnight): "John Tortorella is set to be introduced as coach of the Vancouver Canucks today after spending the past four-and-a-half years with the New York Rangers and guiding the team to the playoffs the past three seasons."
Vancouver will be the 55-year-old Tortorella's third NHL team. He won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. The Canucks former coach, Alain Vigneault, was hired over a week ago by Tortorella's old team, The New York Rangers.