John Tortorella admits his fingerprints are all over recent changes at Rogers Arena that have seen doors added behind each of the players’ benches.

“When I first coached there it’s like I am coaching in the stands” he said Sunday. “I don’t want to take it away from the people but I have never coached on a bench where the door is wide open and you are practically coaching in the first row.”

So both benches now have a door separating the bench area from the dressing room tunnel.

“I am sure I am going to piss off a lot of people in the first row” Tortorella said. “But I asked if we could have a door. I just think it’s proper. A lot of things go on I think a lot of things are said that you certainly don’t want -- especially if there’s young kids -- because it is the intensity of the game you don’t want things heard like that.

“I have just never coached in an open bench like that. It freaked me out a little bit.”

The change shouldn’t affect sight lines for fans but they definitely won’t be able to hear some of the chatter that goes on behind the bench.

Doors had actually been built for behind each bench when Rogers Arena was constructed but they had been storage since former coach Pat Quinn ordered them removed years ago.

LINE DANCE: Tortorella joked that he still has many lineup decisions to make before opening night.

“I’ll play the Sedins together I know that” he said.

For now he also seems to like Ryan Kesler Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins on the second line.

“I thought his line played really well the other night” Tortorella said of Kesler. “They played underneath the hashmarks and that’s where I’d like to see our team play more. They led the way against New York.”

Tortorella said his forward lines are generally not carved in stone. And he suggested there could be lots of movement between the third and fourth lines.

“I don’t get locked in” he said. “It depends on situations. . .We’ll see how it goes. When some guys are going maybe they get bumped up into that third-line role and maybe some guys aren’t and they move down. It’s good to have that flexibility.”