Alex Burrows’ season was so cursed that it managed to continue past the end of the actual season. Burrows was playing a key role for Team Canada at the World Championship in Minsk, killing penalties and playing with young talent like Nathan MacKinnon and Brayden Schenn.
It was too much to hope that this one thing would continue to go right for Burrows. Burrows left Team Canada’s 6-1 win over Italy at the end of the first period after a nasty knee-on-knee hit from Joachim Ramoser.Continue Reading —›
It was just a matter of time. After Trevor Linden finally fired John Tortorella at the end of April, eventually some juicy behind-the-scenes stories about his brief tenure with the Canucks would come out.
Sure enough, Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail went on the Team 1040 and shared a series of interesting and surprising revelations. He also tweeted out a few of the most notable things he’s heard since Tortorella’s departure.
The biggest revelation of them all: Tortorella continually put pressure on Mike Gillis and ownership to buy out Alex Burrows’ contract. For those looking to paint Tortorella with a Mike Keenan-shaped brush, there’s your “forced a beloved player out of Vancouver” moment, in case contributing to the trade of Roberto Luongo didn’t cover it.Continue Reading —›