PHT Morning Skate: Tortorella already getting criticized for Sedin plans


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tony Gallagher thinks Canucks coach John Tortorella’s plan to have the Sedin twins kill penalties is a very bad idea. (Vancouver Province)

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is looking to make a move or two in the near future in the hopes of clearing some roster spots. (Detroit Free Press)

An extensive look at 2013 NHL Draft prospect Aleksander Barkov. (

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish reiterated that he is willing to trade the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but he’s not likely to move too far down. (Edmonton Sun)

The Washington Capitals are still trying to trade defenseman Jeff Schultz, but if they can’t do so, they might end up buying him out. (CSN Washington)

Some of the Stanley Cup playoffs’ unsung heroes. (Puck Daddy)

Tortorella era in Vancouver will see Sedin twins blocking shots, killing penalties

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

We know they can cycle the puck. We know they can score, particularly in the regular season. We’re going to find out if they can kill penalties and block shots.

With John Tortorella being named as the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, the Sedin twins – Daniel and Henrik – will be counted upon to contribute more on the defensive side of the puck than they were under the old reign of Alain Vigneault.

That will include penalty killing duties and getting in the way of opposing players’ shots, which is in keeping with Tortorella’s on-ice plan that the New York Rangers, his old team, excelled at throughout most of his tenure.

“I’ll tell you right now, [the Sedins] are going to kill penalties,” Tortorella told reporters on Tuesday.

“And if they’re going to kill penalties, they’re going to block shots. I think they’ll welcome it because they want to get better, they want to win a championship, and that’s how you win a championship.”

Report: Tortorella to be named Canucks coach this week

John Tortorella

It might be the league’s worst kept secret, but it appears John Tortorella is set to become the next head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Hotstove last night that Tortorella would be announced sometime this week he’ll be the new Canucks coach.

Friedman also said the Canucks and GM Mike Gillis have done their due diligence in making sure he’s the right fit.

Assistant GM Laurence Gilman, who worked with Tortorella in Phoenix, was consulted as were former Rangers players Markus Naslund and Chris Higgins. The Canucks’ window for winning a Stanley Cup with this lineup is closing soon and, as Friedman notes, the feeling is that Tortorella will be the guy that will help make Vancouver’s dreams come true rather than someone like L.A. Kings assistant John Stevens.

Related: Report: Canucks offer head-coaching job to Tortorella

Canucks GM says Tortorella is a ‘very strong candidate’

Tortorella arrives in Vancouver, gets swamped by eager media

Tortorella arrives in Vancouver, gets swamped by eager media

John Tortorella

John Tortorella arrived in Vancouver this afternoon to possibly accept the Canucks’ offer to be their next head coach.

What he may not have expected upon his arrival was a very eager throng of media looking to get a glimpse of him coming to town. Not only are still photos there to capture a look at him, but video as well thanks to Matt Lee of CKNW in Vancouver.

Twitter, Vine… It’s like Tortorella’s version of Hell on Earth to be captured via so many different forms of social media.

Related: Canucks GM says Tortorella is a ‘very strong candidate’

Canucks GM says Tortorella is a ‘very strong candidate’

Mike Gillis

Things are wild and crazy in Vancouver now with John Tortorella in town to speak with the Canucks again.

This afternoon, GM Mike Gillis spoke with Team 1040 in Vancouver about how the process is going and while he wouldn’t confirm Tortorella is their guy, he said all the right things pointing towards him.

“We’re trying to finish off the process,” Gillis said. “I can’t say at this point, but John (Tortorella) is a very strong candidate.”

Obviously with Tortorella there’s the aspect of working peaceably with the media that comes into question. Gillis was eager to tip-toe around that part of the job when it comes to the new coach.

“It’s important (to work with the media). We’re under the microscope all the time. We’re in the spotlight, we accept that.”

He also stressed that it’s not a one-way relationship as well.

“I think you (media) guys have an obligation to work with us as best you can. It’s a two-way street.”

It might be a two-way street, but Tortorella was a MACK truck in his dealings with the press in New York. If it’s true the Canucks are about to offer him the job, business is about to pick up.