The Vancouver Canucks continued their rebuilding process by parting ways with Head Coach John Tortorella on Thursday. Tortorella had just completed one year of his contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
Recently appointed team President Trevor Linden made the tough decision and now has a clean slate in which to work from. There has been a lot of discussion and debate over the last couple of days regarding whether this was the right move for the Canucks.
I strongly disagree with the decision that was made here. I believe it was extremely unfair to John Tortorella based on what he had to work with. In fact, I believe with all the injuries that Tortorella had to work around that he should’ve easily been given one more year to prove his worth.
It could’ve been a lot worse. The changes should’ve come from inside the roster first before the coaching staff in my opinion. Bringing in some new blood for John Tortorella to work with would’ve been a much better strategy. I really don’t like when management sack their staff after just one year on the job. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Ultimately, it’s the players that are at fault here. The Vancouver Canucks need to start trading some players. Alexandre Burrows, David Booth and Jannik Hansen would be at the top of the list to trade in my opinion.
Yes, Burrows struggled with injuries for most of the year, but even when he returned, he was far from what Canucks fans are used to seeing. These three players combined for a total of 54 points on the year. Captain Henrik Sedin tallied 50 points on the year, alone.
Therefore, this team is in desperate need of some secondary scoring options, not a new coach. Defencemen Dan Hamhuis fell well below average this year as well in my opinion. He only managed to tally 22 points on the year.
Worse still, I believe the Canucks will now be forced to trade Ryan Kesler or Alexander Edler in order to acquire a new starting goaltender. Clearly things have gone horribly wrong for the Vancouver Canucks this season. But I don’t believe at all that it’s due to John Tortorella.
The team needed Tortorella to provide a spark for the players throughout next season, much like Patrick Roy has done for the Colorado Avalanche this season. If the Canucks organization would’ve given Tortorella another chance, I believe he would’ve carried this team to the playoffs. I don’t mean any disrespect to Canuck’s legend Trevor Linden.
But I strongly believe he has made a terrible mistake with this decision. And now it’s going to be even harder for him to clean up this mess Mike Gillis left behind.
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