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07:35 AM ET 09.17 | A kinder, gentler coach? As John Tortorella spoke at the podium of his first real opportunity to evaluate the kids [Monday] in the preseason opener for the Vancouver Canucks and their new coach, a cameraman's cellphone chimed. Somebody didn't do their homework. Heads up. Cells off. "That's going to be a major-league fine, I tell ya," bristled Tortorella. "I'll walk if cellphones go off." ... [Watching from above Monday] should give him a better read on Brendan Gaunce, Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk and maybe further confirmation that Nicklas Jensen may be ready for prime time. Hence, the eye-in-the-sky approach instead of his initial plan to patrol the bench. "I'm just not a good enough coach to be able to coach a game to try and win it -- which we should be trying to do -- plus evaluate."

The Province

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September 17, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Is the leering press of Vancouver ready for this?

September 17, 2013  08:39 AM ET

cell phones off during a presser is not a huge deal.
Is the Vancouver media that prissy?

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September 17, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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Ever think they're trying to get a rise out of him?Sounds like he handled it well. Torts really better keep it cool, though. His antics won't get buried into a small corner of the page in Vancouver - 'Nucks are the only show in town, unlike 24 team NYC.

I agree. But at the same time, if this team starts winning some games, they (the press) may just cut him some slack

September 17, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Torts...always keeping it lively!

September 17, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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cell phones off during a presser is not a huge deal.Is the Vancouver media that prissy?

Agree that it's not unreasonable to demand that. But, I guarantee you that he'll throw another fit soon over something else............sportswriter drops a cup of coffee..............sneezes........comes back from a road trip where somebody says something he doesn't like. Torts is his own worst enemy when it comes to the press. If he was only as overwhelmingly brilliant as he thought he was, why this would be a snap. Plus, there are more of them than there are of him. Two ways to handle it: 1. Act like an adult (or at least an older child), 2. Win 80% of the games plus the Cup, every year. I'd advise # 1 and hope for the best.

September 17, 2013  09:06 AM ET

He's a sensitive little fellow.

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September 17, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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Agree that it's not unreasonable to demand that. But, I guarantee you that he'll throw another fit soon over something else............sportswriter drops a cup of coffee..............sneezes........comes back from a road trip where somebody says something he doesn't like. Torts is his own worst enemy when it comes to the press. If he was only as overwhelmingly brilliant as he thought he was, why this would be a snap. Plus, there are more of them than there are of him. Two ways to handle it: 1. Act like an adult (or at least an older child), 2. Win 80% of the games plus the Cup, every year. I'd advise # 1 and hope for the best.

I think while he does get a bit snarky sometimes, he does get more grief fromt he press than he deserves. And let's face it, if the hockey writers here in NYC....most of whom are only doing it because the other "beat' jobs were taken" are tough on a coach, I can only imagine what it would be to deal with writers that actually KNOW the sport

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September 17, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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I think while he does get a bit snarky sometimes, he does get more grief fromt he press than he deserves. And let's face it, if the hockey writers here in NYC....most of whom are only doing it because the other "beat' jobs were taken" are tough on a coach, I can only imagine what it would be to deal with writers that actually KNOW the sport

I think you're right. But, I really do think he's his own worst enemy when it comes to the hockey press. As Danny said earlier, hockey is it in Vancouver and if he thinks they were unfair in NYC, he ain't seen nothing yet. I agree he gets more grief than he deserves.....but he could make it better himself with really very little effort.

September 17, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Get ya popcorn...

September 17, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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He kinda brings it on himself, though. Ron Wilson was in Toronto for four awful, miserable, terrible years and his reputation for dickery long preceeded Torts' and I can probably count on one hand how many times he got into it with media. His players, well, that was a different story.

Just saying there's a way to use it to your advantage, in a way both the fans and players respect (because I do know for a fact a lot of Rangers fans loved Torts), but Torts seems to be more than willing to bust that advantage for selfish reasons. And no GM will stand for that.

Well, maybe Gillis.

Or as I call it......the good old days. :)

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September 17, 2013  09:52 AM ET

The cell phone issue was probably already discussed, as one of his requests of the media. It's a distraction I guess, but now the media knows....he's not kidding. Here we go!

September 17, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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cell phones off during a presser is not a huge deal.

You're kidding right? Folks can't live without their cell phones being on don't you know?

The one even funnier is he has suggested (demanded?) his players don't use Twitter. Small chance of that.

I fully expect some smart phone carnage at some point.

September 17, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ever think they're trying to get a rise out of him?Sounds like he handled it well. Torts really better keep it cool, though. His antics won't get buried into a small corner of the page in Vancouver - 'Nucks are the only show in town, unlike 24 team NYC.

;).

this here

September 17, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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You're kidding right? Folks can't live without their cell phones being on don't you know? The one even funnier is he has suggested (demanded?) his players don't use Twitter. Small chance of that.I fully expect some smart phone carnage at some point.

the scene: The ER at Vancouver general Hospital:

Doctor; What is it man?
Ambulance driver: It looks bad sir....
Doctor: is that a Sedin?
Driver: actually, it's both of them. Daniel was about to go on twitter in the middle of a team meeting, and "Three Fingers" shoved him into henrik's tuchas mid-tweet

September 17, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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the scene: The ER at Vancouver general Hospital:Doctor; What is it man?Ambulance driver: It looks bad sir....Doctor: is that a Sedin?Driver: actually, it's both of them. Daniel was about to go on twitter in the middle of a team meeting, and "Three Fingers" shoved him into henrik's tuchas mid-tweet

hope this saves

 
September 17, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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He kinda brings it on himself, though. Ron Wilson was in Toronto for four awful, miserable, terrible years and his reputation for dickery long preceeded Torts' and I can probably count on one hand how many times he got into it with media. His players, well, that was a different story. Just saying there's a way to use it to your advantage, in a way both the fans and players respect (because I do know for a fact a lot of Rangers fans loved Torts), but Torts seems to be more than willing to bust that advantage for selfish reasons. And no GM will stand for that.Well, maybe Gillis.

Torts absolutely abhors the new NHL with PM in the 'tween box' as well as the quick hop over and "John, what do you think about your teams inability to get the puck deep" kinda questions at play stopages.

Danny is correct, he is not a media savy guy, add on top of that the night in and night out unsophisticated questions he was asked by the NY beat writers. Not exactly intuitive, but then again hockey is the last sport on NY's radar.....

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