NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us the official hiring of John Tortorella today is good for Van City. Simply put, John Tortorella is a talented hockey coach with a very low tolerance for incompetence. Kevin says Alain Vigneault was notorious for employing a defensive style of play while rarely opening the game up with a healthy roster, and asks will Tortorella find balance between Safe Is Death and The Shot-Blocking Blues?
NWSB Canucks contributor Josh Hall is as optimistic as ever and at the same time cautious about the potential for new Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella. What effect will he have on the likes of Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin & Henrik Sedin? Does his presence effect the decision to move either Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider? These are all things Canucks will have to be patient for but the new era of Torts has dawned and fans need to practice as they preach and believe.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges brings us a situation that has risen in the Vancouver Canucks clubhouse. With AV gone to New York, Gillis must find a suitable replacement for the first time in his tenure in Vancouver. Will John Tortorella or John Stevens be the next coach of the Canucks or will it be a darkhorse candidate? If Mike Gillis can’t reverse course, this stink is on him.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Bryan McFarlane talks about a five other changes the Vanucks need to make if they want to see themselves to greater success in the coming years. Most cities would be happy to have a coach who could win as many games as AV did in his time with the Canucks. But most cities aren’t this big of a hockey market. The pressure to perform each year seems to grow and grow. And of course we all know the definition of insanity: to do the same thing over and over but expect a different result. Thus change is needed, in a big way, in Vancouver.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges today brings us an open email to former Nucks head coach Alain Vigneault. He points out AV is the winningest coach in Canucks history, bringing home the division banners, Presidents’ Trophies, and of course 2011. He says AV set the bar high and the only way to clear it is with a Stanley Cup. He was fun to watch, not fun to watch and he’ll be missed. Happy Trails AV.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Nucks news of firing head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Brown on Wednesday afternoon just 15 days after the Canucks were swept by the San Jose Sharks, marking the end of an era for Vancouver Canucks hockey. It could be a long summer for Canucks fans.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Nucks and says it has been a full thirteen days since VanCity were swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, and after an appropriate mourning period it is time to look towards next season and the changes needed. Roberto Luongo has been on his way out of Vancouver for some time. He’s surely gone. Alain Vigneault. Gone too.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Phil Slater talks about Vancouver’s options for getting bigger, something they need to do to stop being pushed around and intimidated by other teams. “Younger and bigger” was Mike Gillis’ answer on how to produce results. Concerned that the NHL is trending to a more physical, less skilled nature and tired about his team being leaned on too much without much push back. Could we see Jimmy Hayes, Martin Hanzal, or Jamie Oleksiak in Van city?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Andrew Deutschmann provides us with the top 5 players he would like to see the Canucks part ways with this off season. Number one is obviously Roberto Luongo. Paying him to split time with Cory Schneider is just ridiculous. Let him go on to another team and get on with his life. This has dragged out long enough not only for management, and Luongo, but for the fans as well.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Phil, the bartender, takes a break from all things BC Lions to give us his top five head coach wish list. There are a few names here that should be more than a little familiar to the casual fan in Vancouver, plus one that seems to come out of left field. But as a bartender, Phil knows what the folks on the streets are saying. Hell, half of them could step right in to take over for Alain Vigneault right now!
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Andrew Deutschmann gives us some snippets of Mike Gillis’ post season press conference, or lack there of. No, the news of the firing of AV didn’t come, not yet at least. There is still time for that. But what intrigued Andrew the most was the fact that Gillis touched on some of the young guys like Kellan Lain, Brendan Gaunce, Nicklas Jensen, and Frank Corrado.
NWSB Vancouver Canucks insider Josh Hall speculates what Thursday’s off-season press conference could possibly be about. Does Zack Kassian’s do have anything TO DO with it? Are Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Alex Edler looking for one more linemate to take over to Sweden with them? The answer is probably pretty obvious. Tell us in the comments section what you think. Hit us back at NWSB today.