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A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:43 pm
by Hockey Widow
I'm off tomorrow on my avoid the playoffs trip. So I had a chat with a friend about anything he may have heard.

A little too early to get anything good but he did tell me that MG did indeed have a deal worked out in the summer for Luongo that he liked. The deal was worked out just before the lockout. Once the CBA expired the other team put it on hold wanting to wait until the new CBA was done. Luongo was advised but not officially asked to waive as the deal was put on hold. MG and Luongo both thought as soon as the new CBA was done the deal would be consummated. But the other team balked. They lowered their offer and seemed less interested than they were before the lockout. At this point I don't know who the team was.

The other interesting thing I have heard is that the scuttle butt is that if the NYR lose in round one Torts will be history and he is number one on MG's list to replace AV, should AV not be kept around. I find this hard to believe because of the personality issues involved but its what I hear.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 10:50 pm
by SKYO
I'd say with the not so great goaltending down the stretch including the playoffs for a lot of the teams, some teams will buyout or let go of their "#1 goalie" and the market will luckily open up more than anyone, even the "hockey experts", perceived.

We will get a new coach asap! MG is just going to give it a bit of time to respect AV.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:22 am
by Todd Bersnoozi
Have a great trip HW. Keep us up to date if u hear any scoops. :D

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 5:52 am
by Arachnid
Bon voyage!....you'll be hearing from my lawyer regarding the paternity test.... :towel:

Oh...and thanks for the little juicy morsels...

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 6:36 am
by RoyalDude
Hockey Widow wrote: The other interesting thing I have heard is that the scuttle butt is that if the NYR lose in round one Torts will be history and he is number one on MG's list to replace AV
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Aquaman, please make it stop!

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 7:37 am
by FAN
Please keep us posted HW.

Torts is a good coach. Maybe MG feels this team needs some fire in their belly. I will say that Torts doesn't land himself in hot water saying stupid things like AV would. But ya, can't really see Torts as a fit given the way Gillis likes his team to act in public.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:37 am
by Aaronp18
Local media will be in for a rude awakening if Tortorella is at the helm.

How many times in the post game presser do you think we'll hear "well that's a pretty stupid question there Botch/Kuz/Willes/Skeletor/insert any 1040 personality here!"

Camp Torture-lla may be coming to Vancouver.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:40 am
by ukcanuck
Aaronp18 wrote:Local media will be in for a rude awakening if Tortorella is at the helm.

How many times in the post game presser do you think we'll hear "well that's a pretty stupid question there Botch/Kuz/Willes/Skeletor/insert any 1040 personality here!"

Camp Torture-lla may be coming to Vancouver.
I almost want torts for that very reason


Skeletor, is gallon gagger working for 1040 as well as embarrassing himself for the province now too?

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:52 am
by cjc
Tortorella? Hmmm. Don't know about that. He's a colourful prsonality but I don't know much about him with regard to his relationship with players. Any idea what he's like with younger players? Will he develop them? Wonder how the veterans will mesh with him.

Of course, NYR will go through and he'll be unavailable. What's plan B?

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:04 am
by Aaronp18
ukcanuck wrote: Skeletor, is gallon gagger working for 1040 as well as embarrassing himself for the province now too?
It's all one big circle jerk. Every Province reporter gets airtime on the Team 1040.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:05 am
by cjc
This is from 2010 anonymous players poll. Personally I'd go with a players coach, not a dink. I think you get more out of players who want to play for you rather than guys who play because of the cattle prod.


Who's the smartest coach?
Players like Caps coach Bruce Boudreau and Pens Dan Bylsma (each received 16 percent). But they love the Wings' Mike Babcock (22 percent). When asked about the last coach they'd want to play for, Rangers coach John Tortorella took the dubious title (18 percent). "He's always yelling and calling out guys in the media," says one Western Conference wing.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:44 am
by Lancer
I hear the name "Torts" and can't help but see a situation like what happened when Keenan came to town. His act is wearing thin on players the league over and I can only imagine what he might do to the psyches of some players in the room.

One name I saw in The Province's story on the subject of replacement coaches is Willie Desjardins. A bit off the map, but that testimonial by one of his former players from the Tigers and some of the other things I've read about him would be enough to recommend him for consideration.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:56 am
by donlever
...GMMG basically laid it out that his team is going to change to a tighter D minded group.

Thus the coach should have talents in that field.

Hire Larry Robinson.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:57 am
by herb
It's been well documented that AV has taken a hands off approach to leading this current group. I can't help but wonder if a different approach is needed, and a more hands on coach who will take players to task is needed. It's clear this group has coasted on their laurels far too often, and was not able to get up for far too many games. A big part of that blame falls on the coaching staff.

Tortorella's obviously a good and successful coach, but I do think his schtick does get old pretty quick though.

Re: A little Gossip Before I fly Away

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:59 am
by Aaronp18
Coaches names I've seen now:

John Tortorella (if he gets axed)
Guy Boucher
Lindy Ruff
Scott Arniel
Dallas Eakins
Mike Haviland?
Mike Babcock (if he gets axed)