Just a month or so after being fired by an unhappy New York Rangers organization, John Tortorella has come to an agreement to coach the Vancouver Canucks. The announcement is expected to come next week sometime.
Tortorella was fired from the Rangers after a lousy season with a team that had very high hopes. The Rangers got the boot from the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs and that’s all she wrote for Torts in New York.
The Rangers announced Alain Vigneault as their next coach just a week ago or so. So with that, New York and Vancouver seemingly swapped coaches.
The Canucks were the final team remaining in the NHL without a head coach. Tortorella won a cup in 2003-2004 while coaching the Tampa Bay Lightning as well as winning the Jack Adam’s Award. Tortorella has a career record of 410-340-37-67.
With Tortorella in Vancouver, Lindy Ruff in Dallas, and Alain Vigneault in New York all off-season head coaching changes seem to be done. The playoffs are almost over, the draft is almost upon us, and teams are looking at potential free agents. This next season will be an important one for all of the new coaches in the league.