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John Tortorella feels “privileged and honoured” to have the opportunity to be an NHL head coach in Canada and become the 17th bench boss in Vancouver Canucks history.
“It’s something I’ve always thought about,” Tortorella, a native of Bedford, Mass.., and Vancouver’s first U.S.-born coach, told reporters earlier this summer. “One of my dreams … was hoping some day I could coach in Canada. To be with this team where it’s at … I couldn’t be more excited.”
The words: “accountability”, “gritty”, and “stiffer” have been the chorus for Coach Torts theme song this summer. The Canucks as a group have been a little too comfortable with themselves after their run to the finals, and have seemed to lack emotion and desperation. Gone is the country club atmosphere in the room with Torts arrival. When asked about his run ins with media while sour after a loss he responded ”Everybody says be a good loser, I think if you’re a good loser, you’re a loser”. That intensity could be the spark the Canucks need to reestablish themselves as the feared team they were a couple years ago. All though on the surface we all know what to expect from Torts and his blue collar approach, it’s his way with youth that could make the biggest impact on this franchise.
While with Tampa Bay and New York, Torts has fifteen times relied on a player under the age of 23 to play more than 50 games in a season (with 15 minutes or more of ice time per game). A very interesting stat when comparing to the last 10 years where Vancouver has only seen the 21 year-old Alex Edler in 2007-08 be the lone player to achieve those numbers in a Canucks Jersey. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Torts tenure with top prospects Bo horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, Nik Jensen, and Brendan Gaunce all chomping at the bit for an opportunity to stick with the big club, and the demand for power forward Zack Kassian to have a break out season. The culture could potentially drastically change in Vancouver where as in the past Alain Vigneault and his regime opted to develop players in the AHL into their mid twenty’s, Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Corey Schneider, Kevin Beiksa, and Jannik Hansen to name a few. It is realistic to project that all the previously mentioned prospects for Vancouver will be on the NHL roster permanently within the next 2-3 years where as in the past that would not be the case. Canucks GM Mike Gillis has stated that under the new salary cap constraints a team needs contribution from younger players, more specifically players on entry level deals in order to be a contender. With that being said John Tortorella seems to be a perfect fit at this time for the Canucks organization, with an all of the sudden enticing crop of prospects coming up.
Over the next 5 years time will tell which theory of developing young talent is more effective, seasoning in the AHL? or being thrown into an NHL lineup at a young age and experiencing the growing pains on the main stage? One thing is for sure though, Vancouver fans get to experience opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of development with the opposite approaches former coach AV employed, compared to Torts reputation for relying on his youth and fast forwarding their development.
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