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The Role of the Coach


Caoch AV is around for a few more years if all goes well. His press conferences sometimes leave to be desired.

I have a dilemma.

As a fan of the Canucks, I love getting all the information I can about each game and the players. I am sure most fans agree that the internet has helped all of us and definitely changed the way and amount of information available to us common folk. Part of that information is listening to what the coaches have to say.

Now here is my dilemma. Sometimes I watch AV or a coach like Tortarella and shake my head. The king’s of the non-answer. Reporters do their job and ask good questions (sometimes) and we, the fans, get a answer that really answers nothing. Do I hate this? Hell yes! Do I understand why the coaches do it? Hell yes again.

Why should the coach give any information out to the media? Is it his job to outline all the weaknesses he saw and inform other teams what they could do to help beat them? I doubt it. If you were the coach, would you act like Kobe and throw your on players under the bus. Talk about a fast way to lose a room.

A lot has been made of Tortarella’s press conferences, or lack thereof. I would love to know what he calls Gaborik in the dressing room after a loss and I think the press and public think they are entitled to know after watching 24/7. But in the end Torts priority should be insulating his players and dealing with matters within the team.

Should the coach be the spokesperson for the team or should the coach be responsible for just dealing with the on-ice matters?

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