Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/3/13
Mixed Bag If there was one decision Mike Gillis had a wealth of options for, it was picking his new head coach this off-season. Sure, they weren’t all great options, but they were plentiful nonetheless. Of the regularly mentioned names to choose from all came with their individual styles, benefits and baggage. In John Stevens you had the defensive specialist, who is lauded mostly for his role in developing LA’s young and talented blueline. In Dallas Eakins you had the young upstart from Toronto’s system who preached defensive responsibility and developed a reputation as being somewhat of a player’s coach. Then there was the eventual choice, John Tortorella, whose style is somewhat of an unknown to this point. I’ve yet to give much thought as to what a Stevens or Eakins hire would imply about the Vancouver Canucks future and present, but with August being the dog days of summer (especially where hockey is concerned) I had plenty of time to read between the lines on Tortorella’s hire....
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