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Rangers name Alain Vigneault head coach - Part II
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06-21-2013, 02:35 PM
HOPE & CHANGE
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Torts is getting the Canuck job. Looks like Canucks ownership wants Torts.
IMO, Stevens = Gillis, Tortorella = Aquilini. #canucks
Amid rumours that he's been offered the vacant Canucks' coaching job, former New York Rangers bench boss John Tortorella is scheduled to arrive at Vancouver International Airport this afternoon.
The Vancouver Sun has confirmed that Tortorella, who has interviewed twice for the Vancouver job, is on United flight #323 which is expected to arrive at YVR at 1:06 p.m.
1:06 PM Vancouver time. The flight is out of Denver.
The Tortorella decision was likely influenced by the Canucks owner, billionaire Francesco Aquilini. He is, in general, active with the team throughout the year, in constant contact with Gillis several times a day, though the owner generally leaves his president to run the team. This time, however, Aquilini is believed to have played an active role in the interviewing and hiring of the coach, a result of the disappointment of watching his large investment in the team result in nothing.
Aquilini has always provided Gillis the millions to spend right to the salary cap and also much more to provide additional assets such as a posh locker room and team facilities at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, as well as a sleep doctor and a troupe of other specialists. It is unclear whether Tortorella is interested in seeing his players have yoga sessions among their fitness routines, a staple of recent years.
Aquilini has a reputation for emotional, at times petulant, outbursts – particularly well-known for his upset and anger at reporters in the Canucks locker room after his team collapsed in Game 7 of the Stanely Cup final two years ago and lost 4-0 to Boston. Vigneault’s relatively mild manner was not in sync with Aquilini. Vigneault would often leave it to his players to hash out problems in between periods in games in which the team had problems.
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