John Tortorella was back at practice for the Vancouver Canucks Monday morning after serving a 15-day suspension for trying to punch his way into the Calgary Flames’ dressing room. It was a foolish decision for so many reasons. After all, who wants to be in there at all these days? Not even the Flames’ players.
Tortorella said as much, echoing the league’s rebuke of him as he apologized for his actions, and the effect they had on the team. “It’s been embarrassing and not just for me, but for everybody around me in the situation that has occurred here,” he told the assembled media.
But embarrassing as it was, some good has come of it. Not on the ice, where the Canucks went 2-4 in his absence and looked like a team without a coach, but off of it. Simply put, “Don’t push me,” an auto-tuned version of Tortorella’s press conference after the game versus Calgary, is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Watch it. Watch it. Watch it.Continue Reading —›
Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.
This week, we’re looking at the numbers surrounding the Dale Weise for Raphael Diaz trade.Continue Reading —›
The Canucks made a minor move Monday morning, sending Dale Weise to Montreal in exchange for Swiss defenceman Raphael Diaz.
Our first reaction: this is a great trade. Any time you can get a guy who shares a name with a ninja turtle, you have won the trade. It’s as simple as that. And the Canucks have now doubled down on Swiss Olympians. With Yannick Weber already in the fold, they lead the league in that category, and you can’t spell “Stanley Cup” without “Swiss” (so long as you misspell it Swinsley Cusp).Continue Reading —›