April 25, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers coach John Tortorella look on from the bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tortorella says Canucks will play young players, with 'bite' and put Sedins on PK

The Vancouver Canucks named John Tortorella as the 17th head coach in franchise history on Tuesday.

At the press conference, Tortorella told the media he will play the young players and play Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the penalty kill. He also said the team will play more “bite.”

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis at the team’s season-ending press conference said the team needed to integrate more young players into the lineup to win.

“We are going to have to get younger,” Gillis said. “In this league, that’s the way it has to work in this day and age, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Tortorella says he will be doing that and loves young players.

Fans can also expect the Sedins to do some “third line” penalty killing—something that they have not done since Alain Vigneault became head coach in 2006-07.

More bite will be in store for a Tortorella-coached Canucks team. Resident chirpers Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler both seemed to like that mandate.

Under Vigneault, the players have been told to keep their mouths shut and play whistle to whistle. Have to think this bodes well for soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Maxim Lapierre.

With the  announcement and a contract signed, sealed and delivered, the Canucks and New York Rangers became the first team in NHL history to “trade” coaches.

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