Tortorella stands up for Sedin twins

Canucks coach John Tortorella talks to the media June 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

Canucks coach John Tortorella talks to the media June 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:28 PM ET

VANCOUVER - On the day the Sedin twins were locked up to four-year contract extensions, John Tortorella lashed out at the critics of his star players.

Moments after Daniel and Henrik held a press conference to react to their matching four-year, $28-million US pacts on Friday afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks coach ripped into those observers who claim the brothers are “soft.”

“I’m not sure who started it, but I’m sure there are a couple of know-it-alls out there who always talk about it,” Tortorella said. “But they don’t have a clue what these guys are about.

“In our league, I think we act like idiots sometimes when that (stuff) sticks with them after you watch them play.

“I’ve been dying to talk about that. These aren’t soft people. These aren’t soft players. I’ve had the honour, in this short time, to be with them, up close and personal and see how hard they work and see what they do on the ice.


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