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Last Week on The Quickie | What If the Canucks Never Hired John Tortorella?

It’s easy to climb out of the rabbit hole when you’re listening to a five-minute podcast. No need to fear.

2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Ottawa Senators v Vancouver Canucks
Head coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from the bench during the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place Stadium March 2, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

The world has certainly felt a little weird and strange since the onset of COVID-19.

Do you know what else is weird and strange? That weird blip in time when John Tortorella was head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

However, what if Torts never coached the Canucks? The Quickie went down that rabbit hole last week. Catch up on that and more on the world’s fastest hockey podcast.

What the Hell Happened to Matt Murray?

Matt Murray’s NHL career has truly been a roller coaster.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion has arguably had more downs than ups since the Pens last Cup win in 2017. He’s forever a legend in Penguins lore, but could the impending restricted free agent be on his way out of Pittsburgh?

The Return of “No Fucks Given” Gary

I dedicated this episode to Gary’s comments, when he said that canceling the NHL season is not something he’s considering.

The dude had no problem shutting down the season over a labour dispute but a deadly virus? That ain’t slowing down ol’ Gary.

What If the Canucks Never Hired John Tortorella?

Where would the Canucks be if they never hired John Tortorella.

It’s an interesting rabbit hole to venture down. Would keeping Alain Vigneault longer have changed anything? If Mike Gillis was able to convince management that a rebuild was needed, would the Canucks have avoided a futile four-year stretch?

Would the Canucks have stars like Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes in the fold?

Raleigh: The NHL’s Most Irrelevant City

I’m sure Edmonton and Winnipeg would get some votes here, but you won’t get that blasphemy from a website featuring a Canadian editor. I’m ruling Buffalo out as well, since they’re apparently “America’s Most Canadian City.”

That leaves us with good old Raleigh.