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Arena 'feature' freaked out Tortorella

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07:32 AM ET 09.30 | He may have come from the biggest media market in North America, but John Tortorella prefers a little privacy on the bench. [Tortorella] admits his fingerprints are all over recent changes at Rogers Arena that have seen doors added behind each of the players' benches. "When I first coached there, it's like I am coaching in the stands," he said Sunday. "I don't want to take it away from the people but I have never coached on a bench where the door is wide open and you are practically coaching in the first row." So both benches now have a door separating the bench area from the dressing room tunnel. "I am sure I am going to [tick] off a lot of people in the first row," Tortorella said. ... "I have just never coached in an open bench like that. It freaked me out a little bit."

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September 30, 2013  08:45 AM ET

And the freaking out has just begun

September 30, 2013  09:00 AM ET

In today's edition of "Understatement Weekly"

"I am sure I am going to [tick] off a lot of people in the first row," Tortorella said.

September 30, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In today's edition of "Understatement Weekly""I am sure I am going to [tick] off a lot of people in the first row," Tortorella said.

first row, second row, province..........

September 30, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

first row, second row, province..........

nation?

September 30, 2013  09:37 AM ET

I'm betting the warm fuzzy feeling that Torts generates wherever he goes will smooth over any hard feelings.

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September 30, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Someone should teach the Green men the 3 finger salute.

September 30, 2013  09:58 AM ET

"I am sure I am going to [tick] off a lot of people in the first row," Tortorella said.

So what? Just given 'em the three finger salute! Who cares they paid $750.00 for each of those seats?

September 30, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Someone should teach the Green men the 3 finger salute.

excellent!!!

September 30, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Someone should teach the Green men the 3 finger salute.

now that would be funny

September 30, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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nation?

Just the opposite, the Nation is hoping he pisses off the fans the suck butt media in Van and coaches them into the basement.

September 30, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good to see he is fixing the important things that were hampering the Canucks.

Wait until he sees that shot blocking.

September 30, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Someone should teach the Green men the 3 finger salute.

Hate those green men.

September 30, 2013  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm betting the warm fuzzy feeling that Torts generates wherever he goes will smooth over any hard feelings.

Bingo! Should be OK by Opening Night.

September 30, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Just the opposite, the Nation is hoping he pisses off the fans the suck butt media in Van and coaches them into the basement.

Testify !!!!!!!

September 30, 2013  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Testify !!!!!!!

You're just in a bitter mood 'cause you have to be nice to Burkie and he'll be there when you take Feaster to lunch! (God, can you imagine the bill for food and drinks at that lunch)?

September 30, 2013  12:26 PM ET
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You're just in a bitter mood 'cause you have to be nice to Burkie and he'll be there when you take Feaster to lunch! (God, can you imagine the bill for food and drinks at that lunch)?

They are perfect Dinner buddies ; Buhrian can drink beefeater gin , and Jumbo can drink his beef.

September 30, 2013  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good to see he is fixing the important things that were hampering the Canucks.

Doesn't take much to freak him out either.

 
September 30, 2013  12:57 PM ET

How does a freak get freaked out?

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