Veteran forward Alex Burrows and new Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella are apparently going to learn about one another on the fly. Burrows a Canuck since 2006 did not have a single conversation with Tortorella over the summer and their first chat was at the team’s fishing trip up north last weekend. It was according to Burrows a brief conversation at that. “I met him as soon as we got in on the bus and it was pretty much: ‘Hi coach. Hi Alex. Nice to meet you’ ” Burrows recalled Thursday. “And that was pretty much it.” Burrows did do some pre-training camp research on the new boss though and discovered what to expect. “Well they told me to expect a really tough training camp and so far they weren’t wrong” Burrows said after Day 2. “They were right on. We’ve had some good camps before testing-wise but I think this is definitely up there.” Day 1 was off-ice testing that included a bike ride and a run. Day 2 was on skates. By all accounts both were tough. Burrows admitted he was feeling it. “Your legs are just fried after a few laps and you just have to keep pushing and telling your mind to push through it and you’ll be able to get there” he said. “It’s just a part of making us stronger and better and hopefully a sign of good things to come.” With the Canucks’ core remaining pretty much intact it is the coaching staff that is mostly different. Tortorella will be aided chiefly by Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan. Goalie coach Rollie Melanson and video coach Darryl Williams are the returnees. “I think it’s exciting” said Burrows 32. “Obviously we were disappointed with the last two playoff rounds the last two years. Management felt it was a good thing to change the coaches. There is a new voice and a new leader in the locker room. So it should be interesting and it should be a lot of fun.
Canucks’ Burrows, new bench boss Tortorella still in meet-and-greet stage
Vancouver Sun | Sep 13