ODB wrote:Holy shit, Donny and Ohdee showing up on the same day!
CANUCKS TO FIRE HEAD COACH TORTORELLA THURSDAY
The Vancouver Canucks are making a coaching change.
According to TSN's Vancouver reporter Farhan Lalji, the Canucks will fire head coach John Tortorella Thursday, one season after taking over for Alain Vigneault.
Tortorella missed six games this season due to suspension after confronting the Calgary Flames after a line brawl in their Jan. 18 games against the Canucks. He was suspended 15 days and was barred from contacting the Cancuks' team before, during or after games after trying to enter the Flames' dressing room.
The Canucks went 2-4 over that six game stretch. They were fourth in the Pacific Division and held the first Western Conference wild card playoff berth at the time of the incident against Calgary.
Tortorella, who was in the first year of a five-year, $10 million contract, joined the Canucks after being fired as head coach of the New York Rangers last season.
In parts of 14 NHL seasons coaching the Rangers, Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning, he has compiled a 455-367-37-82 record. He guided the Lightning to the franchise's only Stanley Cup in 2004.
He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach for the 2003-04 season.
donlever wrote:Well, here's to hoping that Linden is no longer that "nice guy" you refer to and that he has learned from his external business dealings that you have to (at times) cut some throats to make some hay.
Strangelove wrote:Shouldn't you be showing his other end?
donlever wrote:herb wrote:Linden is well regarded as a pretty nice guy.
Stringing Torts along for weeks while there are coaching vacancies around the league only to fire him in June or July would be a dick move, wouldn't it?
Well, here's to hoping that Linden is no longer that "nice guy" you refer to and that he has learned from his external business dealings that you have to (at times) cut some throats to make some hay.
Otherwise they (or a grudgingly submitted we) may still be fucked.
herb wrote:Think of Donny, and he shall appear.
Think of Torts getting canned, and he gets canned.
What will I think of today?
herb wrote:I liked a lot of the things Gillis did, but over the past couple of years he did more bad than good.