@taj1944: PJ: Are you saying Torts was going to be fired? Elliotte: There was a possibility tonight if they lost that something was going to happen
I know some of you don't like botch but he is on the inside and usually has great info, make sure u read the provies. More on the torts situation and morning practice.
Here’s the thing when the Canucks hired John Tortorella.
It was either going to work, and he was going to be able to squeeze one more playoff run out of this veteran Canucks team.
Or it was going to be a disaster.
Still, no one could have seen this. It’s been epic. The Canucks have won six games in 2014. The top line has scored zero goals.
It’s the second week of March.
The Sedins are ruined. Alex Burrows is ruined. The power play is ruined. Roberto Luongo’s agent orchestrated a trade to get him out. And Ryan Kesler would like his agent to do the same.
The team appeared to tune Tortorella out sometime after the 40-game mark, which may be a record.
The coach got suspended for going lunatic fringe which is as obvious a turning point for this season you’re going to find.
And now, plenty are predicting this is all going to bring down the Mike Gillis era.
Think about this logically.
If Gillis’s job really is on the line, and he wants to keep it, who might he be blaming for this epic implosion?
Do you think he would suggest this could be on the coach, who just may have been the owner’s choice to begin with?
As the story goes Saturday, Gillis wanted Tortorella on the ice for the Cancuks gameday skate.
Tortorella does his media obligation before his team skates, and then usually goes home.
It’s odd. Has been all year.
He did the same Saturday.
Whether Gillis wanted him there or not, there was then speculation that if the Canucks lost to the Flames, Tortorella could have been fired within 48 hours.
It is inevitable.
Either Gillis will do it or the new GM will.
Unless you believe in playoff miracles…
How did Tortorella get a five-year deal?
The Canucks weren’t bidding with other teams.
This wasn’t like NY which had to give AV five years, because if they didn’t Dallas was ready to.
There was one team that wanted Tortorella.
Actually, one guy.
If Kesler wanted out because of Tortorella, he is now being used to try and save the coach’s job.
Of the final 6:23 tonight, Kesler played 5:06.
The guy was a monster in the faceoff circle, winning 67%.
Defensively, he also wiped out the Flames top line.
After the game, Tortorella made a surprise appearance in the locker room to thank him.
Edited by DrChill, 09 March 2014 - 10:36 AM.