Why the Canucks Might Fire Tortorella At the End of the Season
This is a guy that made the Tampa Bay Lighting Stanley Cup contenders on a consistent basis and even won a Cup with the team in 2004. This is also the same guy that made the Blueshirts one of the toughest teams to play against as well as a consistent playoff hockey club.
At the same time, however, this is a head coach that has run into trouble with both of the above mentioned organizations. Whether it was a relationship with a particular player or management or the inconsistent performance of his hockey clubs, Tortorella always seemed to find a way to wear out his welcome.
In his first season as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, there are rumors that it might end up being his last. Prior to Tortorella joining the club, the Canucks were a team that consistently made the playoffs and finished in the top five of the Western Conference, but this has not been the case at all for the team this year.
This could be the first reason why the team may fire Tortorella once the season is over. The Canucks are expected to be among the conference's and league's top teams year in and year out and under Tortorella, the team has under-performed in a big way.
As of this writing, the Canucks are six points out of the second Wild Card spot. The team has not made things easy on themselves have they have dropped two straight games and just over a month ago, the team went through a stretch where they lost seven straight games, which certainly put them behind the eight ball.
Not only has the team played badly as a whole this season, but certain individuals on the Canucks have not been able to get the job done under Tortorella. Both Henrik Sedin (10 goals and 36 assists for 46 points) and Daniel Sedin (14 goals and 29 assists for 33 points) have had their worst offensive season in years and when the Sedins don't produce, neither does the rest of the club.
Other key players for the Canucks like Ryan Kesler (24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points), Alexandre Burrows (five goals and nine assists for 14 points), David Booth (eight goals and nine assists for 17 points), and Chris Higgins (17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points) have all been inconsistent this year. So not only do the Canucks not have top-line scoring, but they also lack consistent secondary scoring.
While it may not necessarily be Tortorella's fault that his players are struggling, it is his job to create ways for them to be successful. Tortorella has not been able to do that and it has really costed them offensively as his team is currently 28th in the league in goals scored this year in averaging 2.34 goals per game.