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.Tags: glenn healy, John Tortorella, There are some stupid people in the media