Canucks captain comes to defence of Torts

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Who's going to be dropped from the team, Gillis or Torts? (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Who's going to be dropped from the team, Gillis or Torts? (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Last Saturday on Hockey Night In Canada, After Hours host Scott Oake asked Vancouver Canucks player Henrik Sedin to respond to a statement GM Mike Gillis made the week prior. This, of course, referred to the team straying from their previously successful "upbeat, puck possession style of play."

Hank weighed in and in doing so came to the defence of his embattled coach John Tortorella.

The Canucks captain was quick to insist that the team’s attack was prospering under Torts. He added that the so-called experts were wrong in their assessment of the head coach’s philosophy and that the team was on track and playing the right way before Christmas.

Sedin pointed to repeated injuries making a demanding system that much more difficult for the players to understand fully.

Now this could just be a classy leader defending his coach. Or it could be an important vote of confidence.

If the bulk of the players agree with their captain as far as who stays or who goes, I'd certainly start leaning towards Tortorella as being the one who stays.

The Aquilinis surely have heard the NHL-wide cackling going on regarding their GM's handling of the goaltender situation and the subsequent plummet from elite-team status.

All Gillis is looking for is another chance to revert back to who the Canucks once were.

Who they once were was a team clearly not good enough to compete with L.A. or San Jose. Remember?

Advantage Torts.





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