Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 6/26/13
Torts on Torts John Tortorella’s initial press conference in Vancouver has been anticipated since rumours first began to swirl that he would take the Canucks coaching job. Torts, as you should be well aware by now, does not hold his tongue in the heat of the moment when discussing players or journalists and his relationship with one of the toughest media markets in North American sports has been the focus of any conversation about him. Tuesday, the Canucks officially announced a five year deal with Tortorella and promptly sent him on a media blitz that had you wondering if he had a movie opening on Friday: An internet Q&A with Mike Gillis and John Shorthouse in the morning, a press conference at lunch, and an interview on TEAM 1040 in the afternoon. It was a deliberate move by the team to familiarize the market with John Tortorella the man and not John Tortorella the sound bite. And for a day, it worked. Here was an honest, candid coach talking about his own shortcomings in New ...
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