According to the Canadian Press on Monday, Calgary Flames general manager Brian Burke is recommending that Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella be quiet. Tortorella was upset on Sunday that Flames' head coach Bob Hartley expressed his dissatisfaction with the referees regarding Paul Byron's major penalty while Daniel Sedin was injured on the ice.
Burke, who believed Byron did not deserve a five minute major for boarding, believed it was the only time that Hartley had an opportunity to discuss the series of events with referees Rob Martell and Steve Kozari. The Canucks defeated the Flames 5-1.
This is not the first time that Tortorella has feuded with the Flames. On January 18, Tortorella approached the Flames locker room during the intermission, and was suspended for 15 days.
It has been a trying season for both the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Both teams will be missing the postseason. However, the Flames can take solace in the fact that they exceeded expectations, while the Canucks were expected to make the postseason and finished eight points back of Dallas in 13th place in the Western Conference.
Burke and Tortorella have a working relationship. They worked together for United States Hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The United States won the silver medal after losing 3-2 to Canada in the gold medal game. Burke is originally from Providence, Rhode Island and Tortorella is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Both Burke and Tortorella have also never been afraid to express their opinions to the media.
Byron apparently texted Sedin on Monday to apologize for his hit. Luckily it seems Sedin is alright and do not be surprised if he and his brother Henrik will play for Sweden at the World Hockey Championships in Belarus that starts next month.
In a Monday press conference meanwhile, Burke seemed pleased with how the season went for the Flames. Despite missing the playoffs, there were some strong signs of encouragement from the younger group of prospects. The list includes Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Karri Ramo and T.J. Brodie.