Canucks coach John Tortorella came as advertised

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella, centre, sets up his team behind Henrik Sedin (33).
 

Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella, centre, sets up his team behind Henrik Sedin (33).

Photograph by: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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After his media briefing was interrupted by the ringing of a cellphone: “That’s gonna be a major-league fine, I tell ya. I’m gonna walk. I’ll walk. If cellphones go off, I’ll walk.”

On the Sedins: “I’m glad you asked the question because I’ve been dying to talk about that. These aren’t soft people. These aren’t soft players. I’ve had the honour, in this short time, to be with them, up close and personal and see how hard they work and see what they do on the ice. It pisses me off, the reputation that’s still out there. It’s so undeserving and so disrespectful.”

On making winger David Booth a healthy scratch: “He’s not doing enough to play ... I am not going to get into a public conversation about him.”

When asked to elaborate on Booth scratch: “You’re beating it up, guys. I am not going to give any information at all if you keep on beating it up. I mean it. It’s not fair to the player. I am not going to have a public conversation on those types of situations. I showed you guys the respect that he was out, I gave you a quick thought on it and that’s the way it’s going to be.”

On his dislike of Twitter: “I think it’s the most narcissistic thing I have ever seen, Twitter. I am not going to handcuff them and treat them like little kids. There better be no information out of the locker-room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble to me.”

On Canucks’ past reputation: “I know the reputation from the outside looking in, when I wasn’t coaching here, and outside everybody thought Vancouver dove and did some whining ... Our team is not going to dive. Our team has already been talked to. We are not going to dive. I don’t think there is much whining going on, either.”

On defenceman Kevin Bieksa: “I just think he is a warrior. We all know what he brings. I think we need more of that strut within our team. At times he gets sloppy, but ... I think we can correct some of the things and teach how we want him to play a little bit more defensively in certain situations. But he is a gunslinger and I like that. We need more gunslingers.

 
 
 
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Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella, centre, sets up his team behind Henrik Sedin (33).
 

Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella, centre, sets up his team behind Henrik Sedin (33).

Photograph by: Gene J. Puskar, AP

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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