Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 6/25/13
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After weeks of speculation, the Vancouver Canucks officially named John Tortorella their new head coach. He becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history and is the first American-born coach to be named head coach of the Canucks. Tortorella was recently fired as the head coach of the New York Rangers after being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Bruins. Tortorella is renown for his run-ins with the media during his time in New York, especially with Larry Brooks of the New York Post. While his press conferences had become a must-watch circus, Tortorella told members of the media that he had discussions about that with general manager Mike Gillis and he knows “how important it is to cultivate a relationship with [the media] and I’m going to work on that.” Another issue with Tortorella that led to his firing was that he lost the Rangers locker room. While acknowledging that he put players in poor situations which should’ve never happened, he also sta...
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