The Vancouver Canucks have officially announced the hiring of John Tortorella as their new head coach and it’s safe to say a new era has come to the organization.
Gone are the subtle remarks from Alain Vigneault only to replaced by the fiery passion and bold, direct retorts from the most colorful coach in the game today. Yes, John Tortorella admitted that he’s made his own bed and that he’s going to try and change his image, but keep in mind that a zebra can’t change it’s stripes. Meaning it’s going to be an entertaining few years in Vancouver.
As colorful as Tortorella is with the media, he’s also known for being tough on his players. Not afraid to call out a star to the media, Tortorella will push his team to the brink with some responding and others not. Making this marriage an interesting one when you consider the cast of characters the Canucks currently have on hand.
Throw in the egos and the delicate situation that has evolved around Roberto Luongo and the patience of Tortorella could be tested immediately. The best course of action is to trade Luongo and let Tortz start with a blank page. But the Sedin twins will without question be pushed to the limit by their new bench boss and it’ll be interesting to see how they respond.
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