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07:32 AM ET 11.04 | Generally speaking, when Canucks head coach John Tortorella meets the media, he'll stand behind a lectern. Perhaps the team should give him a soapbox instead. ... [After a win over Toronto], the coach was all over the instigator rule. "I think the instigator rule takes out the honesty in the game," said Torts. "I think the players need to police themselves. When you put that instigator rule in and you're using all this supplementary discipline and all this crap that comes after, it needs to be taken care of right on the ice. I don't think you'll have that stuff ... the hitting from behind and the cheap stuff. We've taken too much of the game away from the players. The players are the ones who turn it into an honest-type game and we need to give that back to them. We never will -- but we should."

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November 4, 2013  08:54 AM ET

This is the new Torts pic? His head peering over a sea of blue helmets!?! Cmon interns!! Horrible!

November 4, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Regardless of that Torts is right on the money with his commentary.

agree with Torts 100% also

November 4, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Regardless of policing themselves, it seems like the hitting from behind/boarding is at all-time high. Isn't stopping anyone from doing it. At least IMHO.

November 4, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Regardless of policing themselves, it seems like the hitting from behind/boarding is at all-time high. Isn't stopping anyone from doing it. At least IMHO.

I think if players had it in the back of their mind: "Hey if I hit this guy into the boards head first, X Player, Y Player, Z Player are gonna come gunning for me the rest of the game" maybe there wouldn't be so many boarding incidents. Torts is right.

I agree with you, though, I see at least three per game now....it's crazy.

November 4, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Regardless of that Torts is right on the money with his commentary.

Yep, I've been saying that since the rule came in. Too many cheap shots and greasy moves because players don't fear the 2 game suspension they MIGHT get.

November 4, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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agree with Torts 100% also

Agree too, but hope Torts doesn't get in a lather from being on the soapbox.

November 4, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Agree too, but hope Torts doesn't get in a lather from being on the soapbox.

If it's an Ivory Snow box that might not be lather. :-)

(one for the old perverts)

November 4, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Agree too, but hope Torts doesn't get in a lather from being on the soapbox.

not with his bubbly personality

November 4, 2013  10:52 AM ET

"Tortorella back on the soapbox".....

... as he should be. That's where he belongs. All is well in the world today.

Now ..... can get those three fingers going again?

November 4, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

not with his bubbly personality

LOL. I have to agree with Torts on this issue as well. Rare for me to say it but he's 100% right on this one.

November 4, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Agree too, but hope Torts doesn't get in a lather from being on the soapbox.

If I had to guess, I'd say it's "Irish Spring" .... except he's Italian.

November 4, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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LOL. I have to agree with Torts on this issue as well. Rare for me to say it but he's 100% right on this one.

Yep. Me too. Now, can someone give him some Nature's Gate Moisturizing Soap to lather up those three fingers?

November 4, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Regardless of that Torts is right on the money with his commentary.

I agree.

But you got lawyers running the league

November 4, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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I think if players had it in the back of their mind: "Hey if I hit this guy into the boards head first, X Player, Y Player, Z Player are gonna come gunning for me the rest of the game" maybe there wouldn't be so many boarding incidents. Torts is right.I agree with you, though, I see at least three per game now....it's crazy.

too much speed with no red line and zones now 4 feet bigger

November 4, 2013  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

LOL. I have to agree with Torts on this issue as well. Rare for me to say it but he's 100% right on this one.

What was he wrong with?

1) shot blocking team who couldnt score
2) sending Kreider down until he manned up
3) Calling out Richards
4) Calling out Hagelin's PP choices
5) Benching an out of shape Richards even though he was Sathers boy
6) Calling Larry Brooks a moron
7) Calling out the shoddy NY press

November 4, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

too much speed with no red line and zones now 4 feet bigger

Thought hybrid icing was the answer......

November 4, 2013  11:58 AM ET
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Thought hybrid icing was the answer......

They really don't have that figured out yet do they?

 
November 4, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If it's an Ivory Snow box that might not be lather. :-)(one for the old perverts)

Miss Chambers was it?

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