Five Critical Questions Concerning the John Tortorella Hire

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 01:42PM

John Tortorella is a pretty unique figure in the professional hockey industry. A taskmaster in an age of coddled multimillionaire professional athletes, and a guy with no time for the media in an age where information travels quickly, and where personal relationships shape coverage (arguably to an undue extent).

With the news breaking on Friday that the Canucks are reportedly close to hiring John Tortorella as their new head coach, there's five big questions that we have about the Tortorella hire. Read on past the jump.

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Report: Canucks "Close to a Deal" to hire John Tortorella as Head Coach

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 11:54AM

According to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, the Vancouver Canucks have "offered" the club's vacant head coaching position to John Tortorella and are "close to a deal" that would bring the controversial firebrand to the west coast. John Tortorella was fired by the New York Rangers after his teams second round ouster this past spring, and he was replaced in New York by recently fired Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault who met with the media today.

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June 21 2013 11:53AM


Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

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On Vigneault's Press Conference and the Prospect of a "Coaching Swap"

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 11:16AM

Alain Vigneault introduced in a press conference in New York on Friday.

On Friday, as divisive former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault prepared to give his first full press conference since his final game coaching Vancouver's club in early May, news broke out of Phoenix that Dave Tippett has signed a long-term contract extension and the Stars made their decision to hire Lindy Ruff official. So that means that, as of today, the Canucks are the last show in town on the "coaching vacancy front" and there appear to be three serious candidates left in the running in Scott Arniel, John Stevens, and John Tortorella.

With dream candidates Dan Bylsma and Dave Tippett remaining in place, and Lindy Ruff, Dallas Eakins, Patrick Roy and Vancouver's most recent head coach hired elsewhere, the cards are now all on the table. There's no obvious reason for the Canucks to wait and see any longer, so perhaps a decision on a new head coach will be forthcoming in short order. (Update: NHL sources are telling Gary Lawless than the Canucks have already offered the position to John Tortorella). Or maybe we'll wait another week because, after all, this is the Canucks we're talking about.

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CanucksArmy Podcast: Episode 8

Thomas Drance
June 20 2013 01:48PM

Video courtesy NHLVideo

Hey there, welcome to the eighth episode of the Canucks Army podcast!

We're joined in this episode by TSN's Scott Cullen, who speaks with us at length about his recent "Canucks Offseason Gameplan" published over at Also Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider and Hockey Prospetus drops by to preview the upcoming NHL draft and break down the overall lack of depth in Vancouver's pipeline. 

Click past the jump to stream or download the podcast!

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