There was a time, and not that long ago, when Ryan Kesler’s advertorial-heavy Twitter account was about as good as fans were going to get out of the Canucks locker room. But Twitter has been kind to us over the past couple of years, with Kevin Bieksa and Alex Burrows signing up, leading to some incredibly strange and entertaining conversations, Eddie Lack emerging as both a top-notch fellow and a top-notch follow, and, of course, Roberto Luongo using the site to inject a little levity into his never-ending drama.
But now there is a threat to the Twitter Shangri-La the Vancouver Canucks locker room has become: John Tortorella, hater of tweets.
The newly-hired Canucks coach is still on his personality rehabilitation tour, and on Monday night, he visited Sportsnet’s James Cybulski to talk about his kinder, gentler approach to the media. (Be sure to note Cybulski’s precocious puppy dog smile throughout. It’s wise. Tortorella is known to love puppies, so looking as puppy-like as possible is a savvy interview strategy.)
The problem: while Tortorella purports to be a nice now — inasmuch as quotes like “I think I have something to offer, as far as being a decent person” seem like things a nice guy as opposed to a scary mean guy trying to pretend he’s a nice guy might say — his newfound respect for the media does not extend to social media.Continue Reading —›