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    Torts brings in Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan to be Asst Coaches

    John Tortorella may not be changing all that much after all. At least not when it comes to his right hand man.

    Tortorella has reportedly done the expected, bringing Mike Sullivan in from New York as one of his assistant coaches in Vancouver.

    Sullivan first joined Tortorella’s staff in his last year in Tampa Bay. He went to New York with Tortorella, where they coached for four years.

    Reports indicate that before Tortorella was fired several of the Rangers were pushing for him to go. And more of them may have had issues with Sullivan than Tortorella, according to Larry Brooks who suggested in his Sunday column Tortorella should leave Sullivan behind this time.

    If Tortorella truly does intend to become a new man, then bringing Mike Sullivan to Vancouver with him as assistant coach isn’t likely to help the transformation process.

    Truth is that Sullivan, who only reinforces Tortorella’s us-against-the-world mentality, had alienated more Rangers by the end than the head coach.

    If the Canucks really do need a good cop, it’s going to be all on Glen Gulutzan.

    It was that long ago when we were having some fun speculating about the possibility Alain Vigneualt would be coaching the Dallas Stars and former Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan would take over the Vancouver Canucks.
    That’s nothing compared to the actual buffet of ridiculousness which has followed.
    Among the unexpected, by some, developments. John Tortorella took over as head coach of the Canucks and Gulutzan was reduced to a footnote.
    The footnote, will actually be behind the Canucks bench this year as one of Tortorella’s assistants.

    Gulutzan could be the good cop to balance out Tortorella’s in-your-grill stylings. One of the main reasons he got the Stars job in the first place was because of his patience with young players. He is not known as a “yeller” something which could come in handy after some Canucks take it on the chin from one of Tortorella’s toungue lashings.

    Former players say he has a a calming presence behind the bench. Vancouver may need that often throughout the season.

    Gulutzan was a risky hire at the time for the Stars. He had only been a head coach in the AHL for two years, and they picked him over bigger name candidates like Ken Hitchcock and Kirk Muller.

    When Dallas hired him, he had never coached in the NHL, even as an assistant. He also never played in the league.

    He is knows as a player’s coach, but he has three things he has called “non-negotiable items” for his teams.
    The are being hard to play against, having a good defensive structure and having fun.

    Fun? With Torts?

    Good luck with that.
    http://blogs.theprovince.com/2013/07...as-assistants/

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the Glen Gulutzan hire.

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    This is great. The only way it could have been better is if Sullivan was replaced with Stevens.

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