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Kesler on Tortorella: ‘He’s going to expect more from everybody’

Ryan Kesler

Vancouver Canucks’ Ryan Kesler prepares to speak to reporters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The Canucks were eliminated from the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs by the San Jose Sharks. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Things are set to be a lot different in Vancouver with John Tortorella coaching the team and forward Ryan Kesler found out first-hand what that’ll be like.

Kesler tells Ben Kuzma of The Province that Tortorella has expectations for the veteran club that they’re going to need to live up to or face Torts’ wrath.

“He’s going to expect more from everybody, and we’re going to need more,” he said. “The way things ended last year, I don’t think anybody looks at themselves as a top dog anymore. We’ve got to find our way and battle every night.”

Good thing for the Canucks is Tortorella seems like the kind of coach that will make sure no one acts like a top dog regardless. Rest assured, “battling every night” won’t be a problem with Torts there.

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