The saga of the Vancouver Canucks‘ coaching search ended on Tuesday when the team formally announced John Tortorella as their new head coach.
It basically turned into a trade between the Canucks and New York Rangers as former Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault has taken over the Rangers. There is a lot to discuss with this deal though.
Tortorella is obviously fiery, but that’s just the way he is and while I may not like it, it is his style. The biggest question to me is how this hire will affect the stars of the Vancouver team. Tortorella is the polar opposite of Vigneault, and the players will need to get used to that very quickly. I’m not sure how well this is going to work out because the coaching style. He is going to hold everyone accountable, including Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
It could help the team make it to the next level in all honesty. If a fire is lit under these players, who knows how far they can go in the playoffs moving forward?
That said, I would have picked a different coach who was tougher than Vigneault but not as abrasive as Tortorella. There could have been a healthy balance there. I’ve been wrong before and I could be again but this move will backfire in the end.
I expect that Tortorella won’t last more than three years with the Canucks. I will gladly write another article at that point if he takes the Canucks that far and wins a Stanley Cup. This move is one of those double-edged swords.