Canucks Nation speaks out on coaching candidates
Vancouver Canucks' head coach John Tortorella is sacked May 1, 2014. Seen here at the end of season news conference in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday April 14, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
I'm not sure there is a coaching candidate available that solves the Canucks’ issues simply by his hiring.
The Aquilini family, who own the Canucks, want success and judging by the press conference announcing Trevor Linden’s hiring as team president last month they want it immediately.
At best, if this team adds just the right pieces and secures a coach who is an upgrade on last season’s locker room poison then maybe, just maybe, they make the playoffs.
And listening closely to Linden’s press conference Thursday, a post-season appearance seems to be his goal now.
It's a much more manageable target than the cup talk we heard on day one of Linden's administration.
The problem is if this team ends up being competitive enough to finish in a playoff spot, but not good enough to advance, then what's the consolation prize? The 14th overall pick? Hard to push the core for jobs with middle-round first rounders.
Regardless, this team needs a new coach and a new philosophy so I reached out to Canucks Nation and asked who's the best candidate?
@MikeCincoSays: Todd McLellan. Experienced coach, knows the division and most importantly coaches an aggressive puck possession style.
He's still employed by team SOS (Same Old Sharks) but after that monumental —reverse sweep — collapse, that could change quickly.
@baddogs16: I believe Barry Trotz is the man. He made Nashville a better team with far less talent than the Canucks have.
He's also regarded as a helluva guy. There's not a more liked hockey man in the business. If Linden is looking to change the culture then going from Torts to Trotz remedies that in a hurry.