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Tortorella says he'll bench any U.S. player who sits for anthem

The fiery coach of the U.S. team competing in the World Cup of Hockey told media today he will not tolerate players doing what Colin Kaepernick did. Coach John Tortorella said if an American player sits for the national anthem they won't play.

NHL rumor du jour: Vancouver Canucks to name Jim Benning G.M.

Vancouver - This rumor has been around for a month, but it's now a rumor closer to fruition. Jim Benning, currently an assistant GM with the Boston Bruins, may be named this week as the new GM for the Vancouver Canucks.

Op-Ed: Unlike Canucks, Maple Leafs leave coach Carlyle twisting in wind

The situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks are roughly analogous. Each had a disastrous 2013-14 NHL season and missed the postseason, for the Leafs it was more of the same, for the Canucks their first miss in six years.

Trevor Linden fires John Tortorella, news on Canucks GM search

Vancouver - Today's news out of Vancouver Canuck-land comes as no surprise so it's best treated briefly: new president Trever Linden fired coach John Tortorella and his assistant, Mike Sullivan, and will start interviewing candidates for the G.M. job soon.

John Tortorella won't, and shouldn't, be fired by Trevor Linden

The prospects of a second season behind the bench of the Vancouver Canucks don't look good for John Tortorella. But this pundit is of the opinion that he'll be back. There are a variety of reasons, number one of which is he's a good coach.

Op-Ed: Memo to Vancouver Canuck fans - no worry, be happy!

Mike Gillis has been fired, Trevor Linden has been hired, and the Vancouver Canucks are playing out the string. The talk shows, media, fans, even the players, the entire Canuck Nation, is speculating on the future and there's been lots of doom and gloom.

Take that, Torts! Roberto Luongo gets shutout back with Panthers

So take that coach John Tortorella! Roberto Luongo, dissed by his former coach, who gave a key start to his back-up, got lots of respect in his first game after being traded back to the Florida Panthers. Lou got the club's first shutout in two years.

Op-Ed: Whinging about Tortorella remarks makes hockey fans seem wimpy

I haven't gotten a bead on exactly who did all the griping about Vancouver Canucks' coach John Tortorella's words to the effect that he'd prefer Sweden to beat Canada for the gold at Sochi. But whomsoever it was needs a course in sucking it up.

Henrik Sedin to miss second game as Canucks take on Predators

The ribs of Henrik Sedin that Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes slashed last week aren't yet healed. That means that Sedin will miss his second straight game tonight after playing 679 consecutive games.

Op-Ed: Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks fiasco all on Bob Hartley

Let's start here: the Calgary Flames are a pathetic excuse for an NHL hockey team and coach Bob Hartley should concentrate on making them a viable on-ice product. Not on fighting. Not on creating a circus-like atmosphere.

Henrik Sedin consecutive games streak to finally end at 679 games

It had to happen eventually and it looks like now is the time. The Vancouver Canucks are playing in Edmonton against the Oilers Tuesday night and the team says that for the first time since Feb. 23, 2003, captain Henrik Sedin won't be in the lineup.

Op-Ed: NHL is a major sport while baseball is a cheater's sport

Baseball writer Peter Gammons took a look at the hockey fight in Vancouver Saturday and declared, via Twitter, that the scrap and Canuck coach John Tortorella's attempted run at Calgary coach Bob Hartley, shows NHL hockey as a "minor" sport.

Canucks goalie Eddie Lack looking forward to stint as Number One

Depending on which report you believe, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is out with a groin injury either 7 to 10 days or he's day-to-day. Either way, until he returns his back-up, Eddie Lack, is ready to enjoy a stint as the go-to guy.

Vancouver Canucks to name John Tortorella as coach June 25

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.

Secret is out: John Tortorella to be Vancouver Canucks head coach

Hockey fans in Vancouver should brace themselves because the circus is coming to town. That circus would be John Tortorella, who arrived at Vancouver airport Friday keeping tight-lipped; he didn't need to talk though, his very presence said it all.

Are the Vancouver Canucks really talking to John Tortorella?

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.

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