Asked if Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella would be back behind the bench next season, general manager Mike Gillis gave a defeatist answer.
“I’m not sure if I’ll be back next season,” Gillis said.
In a candid interview with Vancouver radio station Team 1040, Gillis provided an assessment of his team’s disappointing season and his coach.
“John is a proven winner and competitor,” Gillis said. “The running of this team is my responsibility and I feel that the last few seasons we have been chasing goal posts that have been moving and got away from our core principles of how I want this team to play and how we want to perform and the tempo we want to play with.
“People want someone to blame but the reality is that as an organization we have deviated from things that have been successful and I know will be successful. We will get back to those levels and that style of play that we started six years ago and we have the personnel to do it.”
If he’s still around, that is.
Vancouver’s playoff hopes hang by a thread. The club is six points behind the Dallas Stars for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference with five games to play. Dallas also has two games in hand.