Found July 18, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, When you hear a coach or a general manager talking about his team or one of his players as "going forward" you are tempted to ask if there is any other possible direction in which said team or player could go? But the one that kills you is "accountability" and its variation, "accountable." Take the introduction of Vancouver Canucks' new coach John Tortorella last month when he answered one question with the rare triple use of said meaningless term. "There is going to be more asked of them," he said of the Vancouver players. "And that starts with the twins right on down as far as accountability and asking for more. I don't think that changes no matter how old or young you are. I think that's very important when you're dealing with a team concept, that accountability is across the board. So I'm just trying to figure out the team ... so that's going to be a p...

Early Projections for Vancouver Canucks; 2013 Goaltending

Part I Generally speaking, when most general managers outline their plan to build a competitive team they will start by building from the crease out. The Vancouver Canucks are no exception. Hell, you could even have made the case last season that too much was made of that philosophy, what with the whole two elite goaltenders thing playing out all season… So when projecting the...

Sure are a lot of Italians on the Canucks these days!

ITALIA ITALIA!!! After John Tortorella signed up to be the Vancouver Canucks‘ head coach, a pattern started to emerge in recent signings. Enter Ben Ferriero. Brandon DeFazio. and Mike Santorelli. Then we had the retention of Roberto Luongo. Going back farther we had players on the roster in 2012/13 Frank Corrado, Tom Sestito, Aaron Volpatti and Steve Pinizzotto. These Canucks...

Are the Canucks even a guarantee to make the playoffs next year?

Alarmist headline, but here me out! Next year is the first year of re-alignment where the Canucks are moved out of the cozy Northwest Division and the ragtag group of teams that have failed to make the playoffs for years are plucked in a brand new as-of-yet unnamed division that for this article’s sake, we’ll call the Pacific*. The Albertan teams remain but Colorado and Minnesota...

UFA Alberts would like to be back with Canucks

There’s video evidence to suggest unrestricted free agent defenceman Andrew Alberts can play the “more bite” game demanded by John Tortorella. But those clips are a little dated and a little faded. Those heavy YouTube hits on Pavel Datsyuk, Sidney Crosby and Logan Couture — bone-jarring collisions that either denied those opposition forwards the blueline or forward movement...

Rangers Can “Start Laughing” And Have Some Fun

from Kevin Hirschfield at the Toronto Sun, And he's also looking forward to entering what he thinks will be a looser environment in the Rangers dressing room. Former coach and current Canucks bench boss John Tortorella, known for his fiery demeanour, took a lot of heat for the team's underachieving superstars which led to a second-round playoff exit last season and...

Master Plan: New York Rangers roster in 2013 & beyond

For several off-seasons running, I’ve been creating these “master plans” that talk about the future rosters of the Rangers. The purpose of these posts is to really come full circle on all of the topics and rumors we’ve been covering over the course of the season. During prior offseasons, creating these plans was pretty easy for me as John Tortorella frequently talked about...
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