Comparisons between Tortorella and Keenan

Welcome to the main forum of our site. Anything and everything to do with the Vancouver Canucks is dicussed and debated here.

Moderator: Referees

User avatar
CC Hall of Fan Member
Posts: 2110
Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:41 am
Location: Arnprior, Ontario

Re: Comparisons between Tortorella and Keenan

Post by Lancer » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:25 pm

Todd Bersnoozi wrote:
Lancer wrote:I don't know if Keenan ever said a notably positive thing about anyone on the team that wasn't named Messier.
I don't know about that. There were some players that had breakout years cuz of Iron Mike, he liked our 2 rookies at the time and played them lots (Scatchard and Ohlund). He fully utilized Aucoin's slapshot. Oakie scored like 20G for a D-man and broke like a PP record for D-men @ that time. Aucoin never came close to those goal totals ever again throughout his career.
True, he did have his favourites (with some exceptions, almost entirely ex-Rangers) and no doubt proved beneficial to some careers. But if he didn't like a player or that player angered him in some way, they may as well get comfy in the press box and wait for the trade. He had his set archetypes of players and that was it.

One thing I'll say about Torts by comparison is he does have a better balance between patting the back and kicking the ass, and his approach has mellowed noticeably.
Love the Sport. Love the Team.

Hate the League.

User avatar
Blob Mckenzie
CC Legend
Posts: 10053
Joined: Wed Aug 11, 2004 12:34 pm
Location: Oakalla

Re: Comparisons between Tortorella and Keenan

Post by Blob Mckenzie » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:22 pm

I read in another thread where a certain crossdressing carpenter compared Torts to Bill Laforge.

User avatar
CC 1st Team All-Star
Posts: 930
Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:36 pm
Location: around the bend

Re: Comparisons between Tortorella and Keenan

Post by sagebrush » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:18 pm

There is fault for everyone, although John Tortorella tried to claim much of it.

“It's pretty obvious that the coaching staff here has not done a good enough job teaching details of situational play,” the Canucks' head coach said. “Third period, wall play, underneath the puck – we just have not done a good enough job (as coaches) ...
I don't recall iron mike taking heat, to reduce pressure on the team. The guy was a power-drunk egomaniac.

CC Hall of Fan Member
Posts: 1359
Joined: Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:45 pm
Location: @betamax1080p

Re: Comparisons between Tortorella and Keenan

Post by Betamax » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:43 pm

So, it seems like there are some who are closely connected to said individual that think like Iron Mike who went through multiple firings and hirings, Torts has duh, another "life" left as an NHL coach ..................

via: ... tortorella

TFR Exclusive: Former G.M. Jay Feaster Talks About New Job, Tortorella
By JakeBecker @ Fischler Report Published on: July 28th. 2014, 11:25am

Here's a quote from said article on the possible return of Torts to the NHL:

I think time heals all wounds. I don’t think for a minute that Torts was anything other than what people knew he was. I think Mike Gillis knew the issues, the positives and the negatives. In my mind the issue really came down to that infamous day when he decided to try to get in the locker room when [Calgary head coach] Bob Hartley was antagonizing.

Bob is the godfather to my son Ryan, and I consider Torts to be one of my best friends, too. It was ironic, but I believe that John will get back. General managers in the league know he’s a good coach, and you take the good with the bad. Part of what makes him a good coach is that he does not have the political correctness gene. He is not worried about what you or me or what anybody else thinks about him – he’s going to do what he thinks is right. I think some time away, some time to decompress, I think that’ll be good for him.

I don’t have any doubt that at some point in time, a team is going to be struggling and a team is going to need some discipline, some structure, and a general manager is going to say, “This is a guy that can provide it.”
duh, I think Feaster is completely out of touch and clueless if he felt that the axe coming down on Torts was primarily because of Changing Room Incident with The Flames. :mex:

Post Reply