Night Time Headshots: June 11th

Thomas Drance
June 11 2013 10:23PM


Found a tumblr today called "Edler Wand" (by way of Sealcat).
Here's a choice pick from their series of 23 photos of the Canucks blue-liner.

On this particular Tuesday in mid-June we chewed over the possibility of an offseason mega deal between the Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers, reacted to Canucks goalie coach Rollie Melanson's rather explosive interview in a small New Brunswick daily, and used Keith Ballard's current contract situation as a point of departure with which to discuss Retained Salary Transactions and Compliance Buyouts. 

More Canucks news, most of it about John Tortorella, after the jump.

Harrison Mooney rejects the notion that the Canucks are dragging their feet with their extended search for a head coach. [Pass it to Bulis]

Jason Botchford wrote about Rollie Melanson's baffling interview in the New Brunswick press, and to my dismay picked up on a rounding error I made in my Melanson post earlier in the day... [The Province]

Cory Schneider appeared on the Team 1040 today and talked about the American goalie depth chart headed into Sochi, his experience with the competition committee last week in Toronto and the prospect of John Tortorella coaching him in Vancouver. For Schneider's Sochi chances, by the way, I think he really needed a monster playoff run to realistically propel him into the conversation with Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick. For the Canucks, and for Cory Schneider's Olympic hopes - that late season groin injury couldn't have come at a worse time.  [The Team 1040]

Had you heard that John Tortorella was in town and that he interviewed with Mike Gillis on Tuesday? Oh you had? Well did you know that our very own Dimitri Filipovic was the first to break the story? Because he did. His reaction:

So is Tortorella a realistic candidate for the Canucks head coaching vacancy? Ben Kuzma sure seems to think so. [The Province]

Does Dale Weise think Tortorella makes sense for the Canucks? I'd say he seems unconvinced. [The Province]

Sean Gentille looked at the pros and cons of Tortorella coaching in Vancouver. Pro: Tortorella is tactically solid, and a win now bench boss with championship pedigree. Con: he hates relying on young players even more than Vigneault did. [The Sporting News]

On Monday, as the controversial Tortorella was interviewing at Rogers Arena for the chance to succeed Alain Vigneault behind the Canucks bench, the former Canucks coach was wined and dined by Tortorella's former employers at Glen Sather's compound in La Quinta. Hopefully Vigneault stops in at Shields' and gets a tour of the old date farm! Oh, also, Larry Brooks on zone starts is hilarious. [NY Post]

It was revealed today, also, that Jacque Martin interviewed with the Canucks last week. I've always admired how Martin's clubs dominate in transition, utilizing crisp, set breakouts through the neutral zone. Imagine him as an assistant scheming up ways to help the likes of Jordan Schroeder, Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen, Ryan Kesler and the Sedin twins enter the offensive zone with speed... [NBC Sports]

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#1 antro
June 12 2013, 09:32AM
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I have a new theory about all the interviewing for a new coach, born of pure speculation. Besides his tendency to be thorough, Gillis is using the opportunity to bone up on coaching tactics. This is his chance to hear about former coaches' experiences with a variety of other teams, and at different levels. I say this because one of Gillis' claims when he was hired is that he thought he knew how good teams were managed from his long years of dealing with GMs as an agent. I think this kind of knowledge is genuinely important to him.

But, complete speculation.

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