John Tortorella is not ever going to be a guy who lets a cell phone ring during one of his news conferences. He's not going to field questions about the opposing team, nor will he indulge anyone simply looking for canned clichés or mindless television sound bites.
He's not going sugarcoat his criticism of players or substitute family-friendly euphemisms for his abrasive outbursts behind the bench. But after all the criticism he earned for his brash, unforgiving coaching style -- one that hastened his exit from the New York Rangers last spring -- Tortorella seems to understand that his approach needed to change, at least a little.
It would be a stretch to ever characterize the hard-edged Boston native as "mellow," but it has become apparent in the first few weeks with his new team in Vancouver that Tortorella has at least tempered the way he treats his charges.
"In a number of circumstances, yeah," Tortorella said last week when asked about the transition. "I think you need to res...