"I felt from Day One that it's stale," he said, while also indicating earlier that he likes his team. "That's not their fault. This is a group that has been together for a long time. It's stale. It needs youth. It needs a change.
"The team needs to be retooled, and that's where change is. It's a young man's game. It's certainly not a criticism of (some of the veterans). We need to surround them with some enthusiasm.
"We lack depth. That's where we're at. It's the truth."
The Canucks must decide whether or not Tortorella should be back behind the bench next season.
Tortorella indicated that he will speak with Canucks President Trevor Linden later on Monday to discuss his fate.
After a solid start to the season, the Canucks won just 13 games in the second-half of the campaign and fell down the standings.
Tortorella indicated that he has some regrets, but was honest in his own assessment.
"I wasn't direct enough in teaching the details, that is my biggest regret," he said.