In the spirit of helping the Canucks, their fans, and the Vancouver media prepare for what's coming, we look back at some of coach John Tortorella's more colourful moments.
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John Tortorella arrived in New York in February of 2009, replacing outgoing coach Tom Renney. Going from "the professor" and his Xs and Os to Tortorella's intensity was a sea change to say the least.
Now the players, fans, and media in Vancouver will shift from the personable, often playful Alain Vigneault to what's been described as "the wrath of Torts."
With Tortorella expected to be named Vancouver's new head coach on Tuesday, and in the spirit of helping the Canucks and their supporters prepare for what may be coming their way, we look back at Tortorella's tumultuous time in New York City: Prelude to New York
You'd have to think the Rangers knew what they were getting into after a well-publicized exchange with
New York Post reporter Larry Brooks during Tortorella's tenure with the
Lightning, when the F-bomb was dropped by both men.
So that set the tone, more or less (at least for his relationship with Brooks).
From there, the answers (and patience) seemed to grow ever shorter.
Even longtime Rangers play-by-play voice Sam Rosen couldn't elicit much more than a "we sucked at a time when you can't suck" from Tortorella.
At least he cracked a smile here, right?
Good luck with your new coach, Vancouver. Torts's tenure is sure to be nothing short of an interesting time.
Justin PiercyOriginally from Fredericton, NB, Justin has worked in newsrooms for Astral Media Radio, Brunswick News Inc., the Toronto Star and CTV. But now he's here at CBCSports.ca to report on the sports you care about while also showing you stuff from the internet he thinks you might like.