If Vancouver Canuck head coach John Tortorella senses an axe being sharpened for his neck, he wasn't letting on Wednesday. Tortorella faces the inevitable review from the team's new president of hockey operations, Trevor Linden, and it should be an interesting one. The Canucks are out of the playoffs, most of their top players have badly under-performed and their power play sucks. But is Torts concerned about his fate? “No, no, I don't control that,” he responded. “I'm going to coach the team until Sunday and, as I've said many times, I'm going to work every day until they say – you know what? – we don't want you here.” Tortorella, in the first season of a five-year contract, has no prior history with Linden. “I just met Trevor this morning for a couple of minutes,” said Tortorella, 55. “I used to love watching him play. Hell of a player. Big game player. But I just met him today so as far as conversations, nuts and bolts, it was just hello. Basically that was it. Again, I said hello to him for 30 seconds. That may be my first and last conversation with him. Or we may have other conversations, I don't know.” Tortorella seemed more concerned about the psyche of former GM Mike Gillis, whose six-year run at the helm of the Canucks came to an end Tuesday. “I feel responsible for Mike,” Tortorella continued. “Mike is a friend of mine. I worry about him and I worry about his family. A lot of people don't understand when these things happen, there are kids, there is a wife, there is family involved. So outside the game, he is a friend of mine. I care about him. Someone was let go. Someone was told he can't do something he loves. So I do have some feelings towards that.” Only seven Canucks remain from the 2007-08 season, Linden's last as a player. The Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen and Kevin Bieksa were on the roster and all in the dressing room on a daily basis with the man who is now their boss. Bieksa was a Linden teammate for three seasons and the two shared many coffees together.
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Vancouver Sun | Apr 10