June 26 2013 02:23PM
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In the immortal, tasteful words of the popular early oughts band Staind: "Its been a while."
Distracted by Vancouver's seven week coaching search and a variety of American Hockey League gymnastics of late, we haven't spilled any digital ink on the topic of trading Roberto Luongo in what seems like forever. What's clear is that the best goaltender in franchise history, one way or another, won't be in training camp next fall. What's less clear is precisely how the gold medalist and former Hart Trophy nominee will punch his ticket out of Vancouver.
Let's handicap the possibilities after the jump.
June 26 2013 12:17AM
The new Canucks brain trust.
Image via Jay Durant.
Today at Canucks Army we wondered whether or not the Canucks accidentally leaked their 2010 NHL Draft board, looked at the opening of the John Tortorella era in Vancouver, recapped both of his press conferences - the one with the fans, and the one with the media - and complimented the Canucks on their clever alt-media blitz.
More Canucks news - but who are we kidding, really it's just a recap of reactions to the John Tortorella hire - after the jump.
June 25 2013 03:37PM
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As the book opens on the John Tortorella era in Vancouver, the Canucks unveiled a clever media blitz and deployed a lobotomized Willy Loman version of Tortorella in an interview with the fans. As such, Tortorella had made a mostly favourable impression on the fan-base before he even met with reporters on Tuesday afternoon in Vancouver.
During Tuesday afternoon's newser, Tortorella and Mike Gillis address a wide variety of concerns about the coaching hire and answered questions on topics like style of play, what this Canucks club needs to get back to the summit, and how involved ownership was in the hiring of the man who prefers to go by "Torts." It was a disappointing performance, in that it was a mostly respectful affair with Tortorella even showing contrition for his handling of the media in the past, but there was still a lot of grist for us to chew over.
Click past the jump for more.
June 25 2013 01:23PM
"Just call me Torts," John Tortorella said casually, "I've been called a lot of things but I prefer Torts."
And so went the John Tortorella vs the fans Youtube-powered chat.
You only need to look back to the comments to see what was the point of the Canucks' approach to introducing their new coach.
This was about John Tortorella the salesman; the kinder, gentler Tortorella.
"There won't be much Torts vs Brooksie here," was the suggestion.
And so it went, as the Canucks showed off their shiny new thing on Tuesday morning, hoping no one would notice that while the window dressing was new, the inside of the shop remained much the same.
More after the jump.
June 25 2013 10:37AM
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?
Read past the jump.