A day after hearing that the Dallas Stars might be interested in the services of John Tortorella, Ben Kuzma at The Province reports that the former Rangers head coach had an interview with the Vancouver Canucks about their vacancy yesterday.
The Rangers gave the Canucks permission to speak with Tortorella.
...is Tortorella glutton for punishment? The New York media is a walk in the park compared to what he'd face in Vancouver. At least in New York, the Rangers are buried in the sports page. In Vancouver, Torts is going to find himself and his antics with the media on the back page more often than not.
...i'm also not sure how Tortorella's in your face style would play on a veteran team like the Canucks. To me it has all the makings of what happened to Bobby Valentine with the Red Sox last year. The veterans, who had seen a ton of success in Boston, disagreed that the team needed to be shaken up and sent a message to Red Sox management by giving up on Valentine. And if you don't believe me, here's what Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said recently when asked about coaching candidates...
“I don’t think we need somebody to come in a crack the whip. We can work together toward a common goal. I still believe in this team and that the core can win and that we’re young enough to win. We’re more mature and even-keeled and maybe it (coach’s rant) is appropriate on rare occasions, but every coach has his own strategy and opinions on how they should act.”
...yeah, sounds like they'd welcome Torts with open arms up in the "Great Northwest."
Good luck to the Canucks if they hire Tortorella.It will set them back for at least five years to win the cup,which will not happen while Torts. is at the helm.
Kevin, I agree with you about Torts in Vancouver. If anything has been learned from the Valentine mess is it's better to take no job than the wrong job. I hope he takes the time to get some rest and reflect on the issues he needs to correct. I like him very much as a coach and hope he lands in the right situation.
With Bylsma out of the picture I expect the Rangers decision to come before the end of the week. Alain Vigneault will be the next coach, and I am not that surprised... in fact from the beginning I thought he was the frontrunner. I think he can do good things with the team, but just like Rick Nash now... if he doesnt get it done in the playoffs nothing else matters....
Goof Luck sir, you are going to need it...
Very bad comparison. A lot of those Rangers had no heart. Don't blame the Coach blame the GM who's been steering the ship for 13 years with zero results!
Oh yea, considering this is the Sedin twins' walk year, I have no doubts that management would want to bring in a coach that works so well with players who only care about offense. There's not a snowball's chance that Torts ends up in Vancouver, unless, of course Hank has already convinced the twins to move to the Rangers next summer!
Honestly, my first thought was Torts coaching the Sedins would go about as well as Torts coaching Gaborik lol. I mean I get that management thinks change is needed but they have to see this won't go well. Torts too...no idea why he would take this job if offered....
@gravey94 Maybe they bring in Torts, the Sedin twins hate him, and they come to NY to play with Vigneault again. Lol. I know its a long shot but I would probably let Cally, Girardi, and DZ walk or get traded if we could somehow manage to sign both of those guys...
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) Gaborik scored 40 goals a couple of years ago under Tortorella.
I think the ECHL is the place for him.IMO.other then bullying the players,he's got no clue as to how to coach in the NHL.The one cup he won in Tampa was a complete fluke and time will validate my opinion of him.
@gravey94 We would basically have the swedish national team then haha.... SUPER SWEDES