Canucks captain backs up his coach, says playing for him is an honor

3/14/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsVancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin isn’t one to stand around and get one of the members of the franchise come under the crosshairs of scrutiny if he can help it. So when coach John Tortorella came under criticism, he was one of the first to respond to his aid to show he was a great coach and playing for him is an honour.
Sedin said that playing for Tortorella was itself fun as they knew which way the players would play best and trusted their decisions on the ice.
“We love playing for these coaches, that’s the bottom line,” Sedin said. “I mean, they put in a system where we know we can win each and every game.”
The coach has come under the criticism of a lot of people recently and many are arguing how safe it is to let him coach the team. People are fast to say that he is not capable enough to lead the team and the Canucks are in need of a replacement.
General manager Mike Gillis is among the ones who no longer thinks Tortorella to be capable enough to coach the team and when asked for a vote of confidence on Wednesday he refused to give it. The Canucks are currently at No.10 in the Western Conference and many of the schemes that Tortorella had employed are beginning to fail.
Gillis said that the rumours about rejection of vote of confidence were all bogus but did add that he was looking to bring change within the franchise and among them would be big changes. The Canucks have a low record so he is looking to change things for the better.
“Again, that’s rumor and speculation. I’m not commenting on that because it just lends credibility to what’s out there with bloggers and all kinds of different people,” he said. “So it’s unfair to comment on any future plans other than what we’ve already said,” he said, “which is we’re trying to get younger, we’re trying to re-tool and we’re trying to do some things a little differently in the next 1-3-5 years.”
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