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, David Booth treating pro-death fans to photos of stuff he killed, 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.
While he prefaced it by admitting that he thinks he’s been “a little bit behind as far as this social media and all of the stuff that goes on with that,” Tortorella’s opinion of Twitter does not bode well for anyone hoping for more online silliness from the 2013-14 Canucks.
“Quite honestly,” he said, “I think that Twitter and tweeting is probably one of the most narcissistic things I’ve ever seen as far as people saying ‘I’m here doing this’.”
Uh oh. He’s not going to like us, then. I tweeted that very thing this morning.
I’m here doing this.
— Pass it to Bulis (@passittobulis) September 10, 2013
But the truly scary part came when Cylbulski asked if Tortorella was opposed to his players tweeting:
“During the season, yeah. I am,” he said. That’s right. In John Tortorella’s world, tweeting, like peaches, are not in season.
Thankfully, Tortorella knows he can’t ban Twitter outright, not when he’s trying not to lose the room like he lost the last one.
“Before I said… you’re not going to,” he told Cybulski. “This is part of some of the reassessing of today’s athlete. I think I need to meet them halfway. [But] there better be nothing coming out of our locker room as far as what’s going on there.”
In other words, the Canucks will be tweeting on eggshells this season. It’s a terrifying thought. I mean, sure, we want a Stanley Cup and Tortorella might be able to provide that, but if it comes at the expense of stuff like this or this, I don’t know, you guys. I just don’t know.Tags: John Tortorella, The Twitters