The NHL has blockaded John Tortorella from having any contact with the Vancouver Canucks for 15 days, taking him out of game action for six regular season contests.
He is not allowed to interact before, during, or after those six games. From NHL.com:
“Mr. Tortorella’s actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the League,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game.”
We all know the NHL wants to crack down on player safety – but was the message for John Tortorella to strong?
Vancouver holds one of the two wild card spots in the Western Conference – so it will hurt the Canucks not to have their head coach for two weeks. Or will it? NHL systems are designed by the coach and instilled by the assistant coaches – so outside of Tortorella not being around what’s the suspension going to hurt? No doubt his assistant coaches have been around long enough they know what Tort’s would want done in most situations. Where it will hurt is in the pocket book, as he won’t receive any pay for two weeks.
So what have you – do you think the suspension is the right message or the wrong message? Would you have done the same thing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!