Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/21/14

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30: Head coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 30, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Rangers 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
One of the more interesting moves over the summer was when the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks effectively traded coaches.  Both teams got rid of their old coach - Alain Vigneault in Vancouver and John Tortorella with the Rangers.  They then hired each other's former coach.  It was largely seen as a lateral move in terms of coaching tactics and both coaches tended to select their forwards based upon the zone in which the shift starts.  The Rangers and Canucks are the teams that most dominate the lists of top offensive and defensive zone starters in the 2013 season.  The main difference was a stylistic one.  Tortorella is more intense and drives his players harder.  Vigneault is more of a player's coach who gives his star players more room to be creative.  The biggest reason for the coaching changes was probably just a chance to reset expectations and give players a bit of a jolt in hopes of improving their fortunes. Continue reading "How Tortorella Has Changed ...
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