As the hockey gods love folly like the rest of us or perhaps were newspaper reporters before achieving godliness — don’t laugh, it could happen — the Vancouver Canucks’ year-end team photo was scheduled for Friday morning.
The day after Mike Gillis’s scorching indictment on radio of the style of team the Canucks have become, the general manager sat in the front row very near head coach John Tortorella, who may still have had his boss’s bootprints on his back but was facing forward to the camera. Between them, like neutral Switzerland, sat assistant general manager Laurence Gilman.
It may be a while before Gillis and Tortorella are that close again, although they did chat briefly after the photo shoot and before the Canucks practised, nine more sleeps until the end of their failed National Hockey League season.
The NHL is not investigating Gillis’s apparent hit-from-behind on Tortorella, but everybody else seems to be.
It is understandable Gillis is upset at what...