VANCOUVER — It’s probably not a stretch to surmise that one of the things the Vancouver Canucks were eager to learn, when GM Mike Gillis interviewed candidates for the head coaching job over the summer, was what outsiders thought of the team.
No one knows exactly what opinion the successful applicant gave, though we can guess.
But Gillis said Friday that it was John Tortorella’s impassioned confirmation of what the Canucks already believed about Henrik and Daniel Sedin that convinced the club it had to lock up the twins for the foreseeable future.
By signing them to palatable, four-year, $28-million contract extensions that kick in next season (they’ll be 37, going on 38 when the deals expire after the 2017-18 season), Gillis has all but guaranteed that they will finish their careers with the same team that drafted them.
And once again, as they did in their current contracts, the Sedins — who won back-to-back Art Ross Trophies in 2009-10 and ’10-11 (and...