Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Torts As Possible Canucks Coach

Victoria Pattison Denault

Victoria was born in Habs country, moved to Leafs territory for college & Canucks town for work before immigrating to the land of sunshine, movie stars & KINGS. When not watching hockey Victoria writes novels.

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6 Responses

  1. Eddie The Horrible says:

    Wonderful. I can see him weirding out Tony Gallagher already.

  2. appaulled says:

    Torts could coach in Vancouver if they completely rebuilt the team and got rid of Gillis. Gillis is a players GM…..used to be a players agent. Do you really seeing him bringing in someone who abuses players. So much for a team that can attract stars.
    Not likely to happen here. In fact he may be done in the NHL.

  3. My initial thoughts had me agreeing with, but after hearing Elliotte Friedman on TEAM 1040, I’m no longer entirely sure. Apparently Torts is still well respected in the NHL and while his schtick can wear on most, his abilities as a coach still give him serious cred.

    You are right about Torts and Gillis as a functional unit – something would definitely need to change.

  4. Man… Tony and Torts would drive each other nuts. Great for media, crap experience for the sideshow it’ll create.

  5. Neil B says:

    When Torts had a crappy team with no depth and no real talent at the blueline, he coached a defensively-responsible team that blocked the hell out of shots and leaned on the goalie. When the team got better, he kept the style that worked with the majority of his players’ skill level.

    When Torts had two balanced scoring lines and a highly-mobile defence that included young Danny Boyle and Pavel Kubina, he won a Stanley Cup while finishing 4th in scoring during the NHL regular season.

    Which Torts did we get?

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