The jaw wasn’t jutting out. The lips weren’t forming a pout. And there was nothing to suggest he was about to shout.
John Tortorella stood there and methodically reviewed a game in which the Vancouver Canucks coach didn’t get the pace push presence and consistency he demands on a nightly basis. The tactician and teacher didn’t turn into a tormentor after a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. He wasn’t silenced or sedated. He was honest and refreshingly frank as he calmly passed out failing grades for too much perimeter play.
That’s not surprising. At the 10-game mark it’s as much about understanding the new system of an aggressive forecheck and zone defence as execution. And if you’re waiting for the fuse to be lit for an explosion of utter frustration — perhaps Tuesday against the New York Islanders — come to understand that it probably won’t happen on this revealing seven-game road trip.
Tortorella doesn’t like outside distractions like cell...