Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.
John Tortorella to the Canucks?
Ever since he was spotted in Vancouver during his trip out West to be interviewed for the Canucks’ vacant coaching position, rumours have swirled that John Tortorella could seriously be named as Alain Vigneault’s replacement.
Early reaction suggests people aren’t into that, and for good reason. Obviously, if he implements the same system he employed in New York — which was half throwing his players in front of pucks and half throwing them under buses — it’s probably not an ideal match. It’s hard to get much more than groans out of a group of players when you’re breaking their hearts and bones.
But that’s not Tortorella’s only approach. In Tampa Bay, he was as offensive a coach as we’ve seen in the last 10 years. His “safe is death” mantra led to some serious firewagon hockey, and rather than alienating his stars, he played the crap out of them. In other words, don’t assume Tortorella to Vancouver means the 2013 New York Rangers to Vancouver. He works with what he has, and the Canucks’ roster is a very different beast than the Rangers’ roster.
From a comedy perspective, we’re fully onboard the Tortorella train. Tortorella’s battles with the media would be hilarious and legendary. And, as Thomas Drance pointed out earlier today, he would up Vancouver’s “hot dad” quotient exponentially.
Reminder: Kathy Anderson is fantastic
Speaking of comedy, there wasn’t a whole lot to be mined from the 2013 season, what with the whole thing tainted by the lockout, every game mattering twice as much because there were half as many of them, and Vancouver fans in no mood to laugh when it cut into their time hating Alain Vigneault and ruing last year’s early postseason exit.
But at least we had the first season of Kathy Anderson’s ”Breaking the Ice” series, which was downright fantastic.
Last week, the Canucks released a short “Year in Review”, which compiles some of the best moments from Year 1. You should watch it.
Zack Kassian studying the suit Don Cherry made for him for way, way, way too long will never not be funny.
Ryan Kesler: the best 23rd pick in NHL history
Over at NHL.com, their scribes are counting down the best draft picks in NHL history, based on selection number. At number 23, from your Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Kesler.
But don’t get too excited. Kesler’s only real competition at that spot was Todd Bertuzzi.
Cory Schneider wears a Grizzlies hat, talks wedding plans
Skype is a useful tool. It can be used to fire a coach, for instance. Or it can be used to conduct an interview with Cory Schneider, who’s home in Boston, unwinding and planning a wedding (which sounds like the worst way to unwind).
The interview doesn’t provide a whole lot of new information, save for a few tidbits about said wedding, if you’re into that. And, sadly, nobody suggest that, with his hair colour, they should call it a Red Wedding. But Schneider is his usual charming, amusing self, and his banter with Mitch Berger is pretty great.
Also, Schneider gets a million points for wearing a Vancouver Grizzlies hat. ”There’s this great thing called the Inernet now where you can get anything you want,” he says.Tags: Coach Hunt 2013, spitballin