John Tortorella cusses out the CBC, Glenn Healy responds like a ’14-year-old’ (Video)

In this photo, David Booth represents the media.

Saturday night’s Canucks home opener was a completely novel viewing experience for the Vancouver hockey fan. After jumping out to a 4-1 lead, the Canucks did the hitherto unthinkable, continuing to pressure the Oilers until the game was over. The result, a near-flawless victory, with very few moments where the team looked in danger of relinquishing their lead. It was exactly the sort of performance the fanbase needed to get onboard with the new regime, especially after Thursday night’s embarrassing debut in San Jose.

But then John Tortorella ingratiated himself to the fanbase even further postgame, turning his trademark snarl on the CBC after learning that he had been criticized for a brief shouting match with Oilers coach Dallas Eakins at the end of the first. Told that Glenn Healy had said Tortorella needed to “suck it up and shut up,” Torts snarled back, “I really don’t give a shit what they say.”

Yeah. Tortorella swears sometimes, as the gif of the moment captured in the header photo also demonstrates.

A few thoughts on this clip:

First of all, a big part of me hates it. I hate it because it’s clear, especially from the audible and uncomfortably unprofessional “All right!” and “There we go!” from someone either in the room or in the CBC studio, that people are eager to goad Tortorella into a blow-up.

Obviously, a big one is going to happen at some point either way and it’s going to be amusing, but I could do without the media rubbing their hands together and pushing the coach’s buttons intentionally to tease it out. Constant needling is enough to make anybody blow up, history of hotheadedness or otherwise. Frankly, I’m not even sure why Tortorella needed to be told about Healy’s comments — are we going to start reading him lines from Gallagher columns next? — and I feel like he responded in derision for the CBC and the question.

Still, I’ll agree with the Jason Botchford, who ratted on Healy then gleefully relished Tortorella’s predictable growl over at The Province Sunday morning: juvenile as this is for all parties involved, it’s still pretty fun.

Especially the little jousting match at the Hotstove afterward. Here’s another clip that features Healy’s response to Torts’ retort:

For the video impaired: An annoyed Healy fires back, “He’s right, he should worry about what his players say. If he knew what they were saying he’d still be in New York.”

At that, Elliotte Friedman wisely jumps in. “We had our say, let him have his say. Let’s not be 14-year-olds about it.”

That earned Friedman this death stare:

Ooooooooh. He mad.

Poor Friedman. I’m not entirely sure how CBC’s most intelligent analyst wound up hosting a live panel alongside P.J. Stock, Kevin Weekes, Ron Maclean, and Glenn Healy — (is he dead? Is this his Hell somehow come to our TV screens?) — but he works hard to keep that ship afloat.

It must be trying for him when guys like Healy claim Pavel Datsyuk makes up for a lack of skill with hard work like a Russian Rudy. Heck, even after Sunday night’s game, Healy pinned the loss squarely on Devan Dubnyk, claiming everything else went the Oilers’ way:

“When you look at the stats, every stat was in Edmonton’s favour,” he said. ”Faceoffs, they were better in faceoffs, They were better in hits. They had more blocked shots. But they weren’t even in the game.” MC79 Hockey details why this is a pretty poor observation.

But this wasn’t just a case of Friedman finally getting fed up. This was a savvy and diplomatic decision from the panel’s savviest, most diplomatic member. Rather than getting wrapped up in the juiciness of the whole thing, Friedman recalls that the relationship between the Canucks and the CBC has been frosty since Ron MacLean’s infamous hatchet job on Alex Burrows. Smartly, he calls out Healy for the childish jab, a reaction that should help to avoid any further tension between the club and the network.

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26 comments

  1. DanD
    October 6, 2013

    Every time I see that CBC panel I just want to give poor Friedman a hug.

    I usually need a hug anyways, having just listened to Mark Lee for a full hockey game.

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  2. biznow
    October 6, 2013

    Friedman is a damn hero, someone has needed to tell Healy to pipe down for a while now. It’s nice to see there’s at least one person on the panel that has the brain to think about comments alienating a team/fan base.

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    • peanutflower
      October 6, 2013

      Do you think, though, that Healy et al (except for Friedman) give a rat’s ass about the western Canadian fan base? I think not. I can’t even see a glimmer of them caring. Good Old Scott Oakes tries his darndest, but there just ain’t no love there for anything west of the Rockies. The only reason Edmonton and Calgary get any love — and I’m not even sure about Calgary, is because Hrudey is such an Edmonton homer. I used to love HNIC with Hughson. Now I turn off the volume or FF through it all and just watch the game.

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      • NarkusMaslund
        October 6, 2013

        It really is painful to turn on the last 30 minutes of the 7 PM EST game, get used to listen to Hughson elevate the game being played with his broadcasting…and then have to listen to whichever two blokes they decide to throw out there for the 10 PM game…

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  3. Timmy Wong (@timmywong11)
    October 6, 2013

    I feel for Friedman, making him work the 10pm game with a bunch of irrelevant “analysts” and has-been former players. If only he would switch over to TSN at the end of his contract…

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  4. piker
    October 6, 2013

    The sooner the CBC loses Saturday night hockey, the better. Stop wasting tax dollars and free up Friedman/Hughson/Oake and MacLean to go to TSN/Sportsnet.

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    • ajhockey
      October 6, 2013

      Not Oake, he’s waaaaay to awkward and pushy. The rest are ok, though even MacLean can goof up sometimes too.

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  5. clutch fan
    October 6, 2013

    I really like the way Torts handled this whole thing, a little manipulative of Botchford for sure.

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  6. Mike H.
    October 6, 2013

    I think he actually said “let’s not be 14 year-old girls about it.”

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  7. Mt
    October 6, 2013

    The whole thing is childish. But, while we’re indulging, Harrison, I’m surprised you left out Healy’s jab at Friedman, calling him a candy stripper at the Hospital. It was maybe the funniest/saddest/most misogynist part of the whole thing.

    And on the subject of Botchford “ratting”, the way sports writers do that always reminds me of the kid in grade 7 who tries to get other kids to fight. He tells potential combatant#1 (PC1) that the other kid (potential combatent #2) called him a stupid-head. That boy is insulted and says that PC2 is a BIG stupid-head. The middle man (lets call him “Jason”) goes to PC2 and says that PC1 called him the HUGEST stupid-head. Things escalate and they eventually reluctantly partake in the ritual psuedo-fight-performance to save their reputations.
    Hockey players and coaches tend to not trash talk too much but when they do it’s most often brought on by reporters goading them with out of context, often inaccurate insults from the opposition.
    Good one “Jason”.

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    • Mel
      October 6, 2013

      Sounds like a pretty exciting hospital!

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  8. Naturalmystic
    October 6, 2013

    Whenever P.J. Stock talks I grab the remote and change the channel. He’s a stuttering idiot. Why hasn’t he been fired?

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    • Chinook
      October 6, 2013

      My theory: Stock has incriminating dirt on the HNIC producer.

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      • NarkusMaslund
        October 6, 2013

        Probably something to do with those Depends commercials.

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    • cambo
      October 6, 2013

      Kind of like “homer slap pass hughson” and “homer simpson” what a bunch of bias spew. Nuck nation should be concerned. Out shot by a re-building Flames? Bieksa should be tar and feathered. He is useless.

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      • Lemming
        October 6, 2013

        There was that goal in OT he set up.

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      • John in Marpole
        October 7, 2013

        You’re trying way too hard for those negative votes, son.

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  9. Simmies
    October 6, 2013

    Healy is a washed up never was and he gets put in place by Friedman, between him and Ray Ferraro they could do Dumb and Dumber 3.

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    • John in Marpole
      October 7, 2013

      Ferraro has more hockey knowledge in the nail on his left pinky than Healy has ever had. Ferraro’s analysis are insightful and informative.

      I doubt there is a hockey knowledgeable person anywhere that would agree with your statement.

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    • NarkusMaslund
      October 8, 2013

      Wait a minute, what? You go with Ray Ferraro as Healy’s buddy for D&D3? What do you have against Ferraro? He’s far, far closer to Friedman quality than Healy “quality”.

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  10. Jon Coutts
    October 6, 2013

    Stock and Healy are bidding for the Rock Em Sock Em franchise.

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  11. Droids
    October 6, 2013

    Healy makes the rest of the player-turn-commentator crowd look like Mensa candidates in comparison.

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  12. tom selleck's moustache
    October 6, 2013

    “In this photo, David Booth represents the media.”

    lol.

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  13. Steveston
    October 7, 2013

    Friedman has his 30 thoughts each week. Which equals the output of the rest of that panel, in a month.

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  14. Max
    October 7, 2013

    This video is very humorous to me.

    Healy sits there like he knows all the answers to everything hockey and Tortorella is an idiot, while in reality Tortorella could easily do his job, better and more entertainingly than him, and Healy could never in a million years do Tortorella’s job.

    In fact, I would love to see Healy publicly announce that he’s entered the coaching job market and see how that ends up for him… Even if someone did hire him, which we all know would never happen (Well, maybe Jay Feaster…) he’d last less than 2013-2014 Laviolette and probably be among the worst coaches ever. Then Tortorella could make a very entertaining jab at him…

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  15. Jay
    October 8, 2013

    Love PJs comments about ‘the way things are said’ after Healy says Torts should ‘Shut Up’….and Botch brings up that single comment. Healy’s comment is juvenile. Botch’s goading is juvenile. Tort’s saying he doesn’t give a sh#t is honest. Tort’s saying that CBC didn’t know what happened is honest. After hours was great…Mark Lee is dreadful…The panel is ridiculous (sans Friedman and some insight from Ron). HNIC is nothing like what used to bind Canadians together every Saturday night. Now its 14 year old candy stripers getting paid to stare down panelists like bullies…Healy is an idiot….

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