On the report that John Tortorella will be named as the next head coach of the Canucks:
Gillis didn’t get into this business to make money or to hang onto his job as long as possible so as to make as much money as possible. He has numerous other ways to go about that. He took the job in Vancouver to win a Stanley Cup, period. And given the Vancouver window may be shutting with the Sedins and many others getting older, this move is entirely consistent with trying to give it one last try at winning.
The Vancouver GM loves the fundamentals that Tortorella brings to the job. After all, the man has won a Stanley Cup and his teams are generally very well prepared for games. And he’s good with young players as evidenced by all those young defencemen he brought along in New York, the question here of course being whether the Canucks have enough young players in the organization for that to matter. But Gillis similarly believes he will be able to help Tortorella play a more upbeat game, the way he did somewhat with Vigneault when he got here and asked to coach to change his emphasis. That succeeded for a short time and this hire is for a short time. They Canucks aren’t looking for a Lindy Ruff-type run here, no matter how long the contract is when it’s announced. And to have landed the job, Tortorella must have promised to give it his best shot to move his style in that direction.
On top of this, the Gallagher/Tortorella dynamic could be fascinating to watch.
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A despondent Alain Vigneault gazes out over the crashing waves. The seagulls soar overhead, his mind wanders and wonders.
He meets Rick and Newell in a local cafe. “Where were you?” Rick asks. “I went to the beach,” Alain replies. “Ahh, the beach!”
Alain: “It’s not working, Bones. It just isn’t working.”
Rick raises an eyebrow: “What is it that isn’t working?”
Alain: “Why did it all turn out like this? I had so much promise. I was personable, I was bright. Oh, maybe not with my line combinations, but I was perceptive. I always knew how to get the Sedins out in the offensive zone. It all became very clear to me sitting out there today…Every decision I’ve ever made as a coach has been wrong. My tenure with the Canucks was the complete opposite of everything I wanted it to be. Every instinct I had in every aspect of coaching - be it who to put on the power play or who to start in goal - it’s all been wrong!”
A waitress comes by, smiling at Alain. “Tunamilt on toast, coleslaw, cup of coffee?”
Alain: “Yeah…NO! I always have tunamilt on toast! Nothing’s ever worked out for me with tunamilt on toast! I want the complete opposite of tunamilt on toast! Chicken salad! On rye! Untoasted! With a side of potato salad! AND A CUP OF TEA!”
Newell: “Well there’s no telling what can happen from this.”
Rick: “You know, chicken salad isn’t the opposite of tunamilt, but Sharks are the opposite of orcas. That was the problem.”
Alain scoffs: “Good for the Sharks!”
Newell: “Alain, that guy over there with the cigar just looked over here.”
Alain: “So what? What am I going to do?”
Newell: “Maybe you should go talk to him? He looks familiar…”
Alain: “Newell, recently fired NHL coaches who live with their parents don’t approach strange men with cigars.”
Rick: “Here’s your chance to do the opposite. Instead of tunamilt salad and Mike Gillis, chicken salad and new opportunities!”
Alain: “Maybe we should flip a coin?”
Rick: “If every instinct you’ve had is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.”
Alain: “Yes! I used to do nothing but suck my lozenge and regret it for the rest of the day, so now I will do the opposite, and do something!”
Alain approaches the man: “I couldn’t help but notice you were looking over.”
Man: “I was. You just ordered the same exact lunch as me.”
It was then that Alain realized what he was looking for at the beach. As much as it hurt to be cast aside, he had a sense of renewed hope.
Alain: “My name is Alain. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.”
Man: “I’m Glen Sather. Hi.”
This is neat.
Analyzing the season of Chris Tanev, remembering his first NHL goal, and stressing out about his next contract.
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While one era ends, the next doesn’t know where to begin. My latest post at Canucks Army.