So what should you do when your NHL team misses the playoffs in your first year as coach, and you’re about to meet with the new management regime?
How about lash out at the organization.
No? Well that’s pretty much what Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella did on Monday, just days before meeting with new team president, Trevor Linden.
Not that it’s surprising to hear the typically crusty and salty Tort lash out at anyone or anything.
“I felt from Day 1 that it’s stale. That’s not their fault. This is a group that has been together for a long time. It’s stale. It needs youth. It needs a change. I felt that from Day 1. We’re not in 2011. We have to stop talking about 2011. The team needs to be retooled. It’s a young man’s game.” – John Tortorella via NHL.com
This season the Canucks missed the postseason for the first time in six seasons, after being just one win away from being Stanley Cup champions in 2011, the source of Tortorella’s perceived annoyance.
The team fired president and general manager Mike Gillis last week and replaced him with Linden, who is a former Canuks captain and still fan favorite.
Pee into the wind much, Tort?