How Many Players Now Regret the Tortorella Firing?
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10-28-2013, 06:47 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
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As a Canucks fan I would just like to say that so far I like torts and ill explain why:
1. motivation! I have not seen the Canucks play as hard as they do in years. The fact that a lot of their games they come from behind speaks for itself. Few players have also mentioned that AV would just tell the team to concentrate on the next game if they were behind after the second period.
2. involvement with the team and speaking up. AV didn't even go to the dressing room during intermissions.
3. AV would constantly force players to play in positions that they weren't comfortable with. All the canucks fans could see that kesler was better on the wing but for some reason AV kept playing him as a center.(same applies to Edler who played on the wrong side and struggled for most of the season.) Torts seems to get the best out of his players, prime examples are Sontarelli and Richardson.
4. I truly believe that the only reason the Canucks didn't win the SC was because AV got out coached.
I just think it was a good move for both teams, and time will tell what these coaching are going to bring out of both teams.
Good luck with the new coach and the upcoming season.
With all the questions surrounding the Vancouver Canucks at the start of the season, the team’s 8-4-1 start has to be a source of delight to its fans. The more vexing queries — Roberto Luongo. how the team would respond to John Tortorella — have been answered, but there’s an issue concerning the workload Tortorella assigns to his top forwards which will be a source of angst throughout this NHL season.
As of this writing, Ryan Kesler (22:32 per game), Henrik Sedin (22:24) and Daniel Sedin (22:09) are 14th, 15th and 16th among all players in ice time.
So what, you say? Here’s what.
They’re also 1, 2 and 3 among all forwards in ice time. The next closest forward, moreover, is Winnipeg’s Evander Kane who’s 36th in the league. To put the Big Three’s ice time in perspective, their averaging more minutes than workhorse defencemen Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith and P.K. Subban.
So far, Tortorella has been a master at manipulating the minutes among his best players and you’d think he’ll redistribute the workload as he begins to get healthy bodies back. But he’s also displayed a reticence about playing the bottom half of his lineup which will make for a fascinating ongoing conversation this season.
Tortorella is 3 line coach. He will drop down to 4 D if the team is trailing or in a close game and he loses trust in a player.
If your goalie would have made a save or two,you guys win the Cup.
You're complaining about Kesler at center? Were you complaining in 10-11 when he was one of the best players in the entire league playing in the middle? The player is a natural center iceman.
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