Canucks Officially Hire John Tortorella, Launch Alternative Media Blitz

Thomas Drance
June 25 2013 10:37AM

 
It's official.

Not that today's news comes as a surprise at this point, but the Canucks have officially announced that John Tortorella will take over as Vancouver's head coach. The Canucks have rolled out the Tortorella hire with an instagram photo, an exclusive interview of Tortorella, and an e-mail from Mike Gillis to season ticket holders. John Tortorella will take part in an on-line question and answer session over at youtube.com/canucks (the Q and A will be governed by the "#asktorts" hashtag) at 11am PST, and Tortorella will then field questions from the media at 1pm. What's the over/under on how many times Tortorella emphatically demands: "next question" today?

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Did the Canucks Unintentionally Reveal Their 2010 Draft Board?

Thomas Drance
June 24 2013 10:15PM


Screenshot via Canucks TV

On Monday we quoted a Laurence Gilman interview about draft preparation that was posted by Canucks TV. We then embedded the video in full in our daily headshots post. Obviously we weren't paying close enough attention, as the above image and its potential significance completely escaped us.

Luckily the good folks at HFBoards, and user "thefeebster" in particular, are comparatively sharper instruments. At 1:31 of the aforementioned draft video, "thefeebster" noticed what appears to be a Canucks master draft list from the "2010 Final Meeting." This document, which certainly looks like how we'd imagine the Canucks draft list for the 2010 NHL Draft would, becomes legible if you adjust the quality of the video to 1080 pixels and zoom in a few times...

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Evening Headshots: June 24th

Thomas Drance
June 24 2013 06:24PM


Choking, eh? Told you John Tortorella was a perfect fit for the Canucks!

Today at Canucks Army we looked at Mike Gillis's draft record in terms of his favorite prospect fishing holes at the NHL draft, rounded up reaction to the John Tortorella hire, and wondered whether a Chris Tanev contract extension could be close at hand now that he's hired a player agent to represent him.

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Canucks 2013 NHL Draft Preview: Fishing Holes

Thomas Drance
June 24 2013 03:57PM


Conventional wisdom dictates that Mike Gillis has a better record fishing than drafting.
Image via @GMMikeGillis.

Six days from now the NHL Draft will unfold in Newark, and for a variety of reasons it promises to be a memorable, fascinating and extraordinarily hectic day. The draft will take place, all seven rounds of it, on June 30th and most prospect writers, scouts and others in the industry agree that the talent level of the 2013 draft class is through the roof. Between the wash of talent available through the draft and the relative lack of quality free-agents coming to market on July 5th, the 2013 NHL entry draft has the potential to be an especially busy day for player transactions. Sounds fun, right?

Over the coming week we'll be rolling out our draft preview coverage series. Some of our preview posts will evaluate the upcoming draft class while others will take a more detailed, analytical look at Mike Gillis's drafting record and tendencies. Last year we did a post on Mike Gillis's "fishing holes", and we'll update that work there today. The concept of "fishing holes" was first introduced to me by Scott Reynolds, but the phrase was originally minted by our pal (and boss) Kent Wilson, who explained "fishing holes" as such:

Clubs [may] develop what I call "fishing holes", by which I mean they concentrate their scouting in certain amateur/developmental leagues (for the Flames, it's the WHL/CHL) - they can become familiar with the relative degree and value of the competition and therefore can more capably gauge a prospects level of performance.

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Tortorella Reax

Thomas Drance
June 24 2013 09:55AM


John Tortorella is a dog person so he's alright by me.
Image via SNYrangersblog.com

I spent the weekend drinking, moving and spending quality time with loved ones in anticipation of a grueling two week hockey news gaunlet; an onslaught that will include the awarding of the Stanley Cup, the naming of a new Canucks coach, the opening of the buyout window, the one-day marathon NHL draft, and free-agency too.

It's that the news cycle stops for no man, so let's get back on our Tortroella grind (insert "hot dad joke" here), and round up the reactions to the hire from across the hockey world.

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