Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, at league headquarters in New York City on Monday.
John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing tomorrow in New York. Substantial fine and suspension both possible. #TSN
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 19, 2014
One thing is certain: expect the NHL to lay the hammer down on Tortorella and the Canucks. You don’t fly Tortorella all the way to New York for a slap on the wrist. It is a question of “how much” and “how many”—how much Tortorella and the Canucks will be fined and how many games Tortorella will miss.
It will also be interesting to see if Canucks assistant coaches Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan escape punishment.
You can clearly see Tortorella and Sullivan at the beginning of the video screaming into the Flames dressing room before they get pushed back Flames staff and winger Brian McGrattan.
Sullivan was as much of an aggressor in this skirmish as Tortorella.
Gulutzan was also there according to CBC colour commentator Kelly Hrudey albeit as more of a peacemaker. He never enters the picture fully, but you can see his head at the bottom-left of the screen at 0:35 of the video.
— Allen Tung (@Ehlun) January 20, 2014
If Sullivan is suspended as well, might the Canucks have to “recall” a coach or two from the Utica Comets for their game against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday?
It would be a first, but it’s unlikely that happens. Goaltending coach Rollie Melanson probably moves behind the bench if needed.