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Twitter is target of Tortorella's first rant in Vancouver

By Mike Harrington

The word is coming via the Vancouver Province about what John Tortorella said after Canucks practice today and it's spreading all over Twitter. Maybe that was his intent.

The new Vancouver coach isn't banning the social media behemoth from his locker room, which would be rough for folks who love Roberto Luongo's wildly entertaining feed that has nearly 185,000 followers. But he'd like his players to can a lot of it.

"It’s the most narcissistic thing I’ve ever seen,” Tortorella said. “I’m not going to handcuff them and treat them like little kids. There’d better be no information come out of the locker room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble to me. ... Our locker room is our locker room, and I believe our guys understand that. I just hope they respect the sanctity of the locker room."

Oddly enough, Tortorella is on Twitter himself and has nearly 37,000 followers.

"I think it is tremendous for charity work. It helped me tremendously with our dog walk out in New York and we raised a ton of money," he said. "But not for, 'Here I am, I’m having a roast beef sandwich, I am saying hello to my fans.’ That is just ridiculous.”

So i guess that means for real narcissicm and hockey talk, you should be sure to follow my Twitter account here and to follow the work of colleague John Vogl here. I may have had roast beef for lunch today, just for the record.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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