It’s not the different voice that the Vancouver Canucks are most challenged by this pre-season, but the different system that voice commands.
For players, the hardest thing about John Tortorella so far is not the style and manner of the coach but the style he wants his team to play. The Canucks are struggling to understand new structure and responsibilities in the defensive zone, a 1-3-1 prevent defence in the middle of the ice, and an aggressive, go-go-go attitude on the forecheck.
“The system, for sure, is the biggest change for us,” winger Daniel Sedin said Monday morning when asked about the change to Tortorella from former coach Alain Vigneault, who will be in Vancouver on Thursday with the New York Rangers.
“It has been a transition, but we’re getting there. I think we’re excited about it. It’s going to mean more of a forechecking game and more skating and I think it suits our team. We’re excited.
“It’s not that tough...