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Rangers have fired John Tortorella as coach. Image Credit: Robert Kowal Good, but not good enough. That’s how the John Tortorella era as head coach of the New York Rangers could be described- an era that came to an end today. Tortorella coached the Rangers from 2009 to 2013, leading them to playoff berths in three of his four full seasons as head coach. However, the Rangers never advanced past the Eastern Conference Finals under Tortorella, and after a second-round exit this year, the Rangers front office decided enough was enough. Many predicted the Rangers to win the Cup this year, especially after they traded for forward Rick Nash and added him to a star-studded lineup that featured goalie Henrik Lundqvist, forwards Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik, and hotshot rookie Chris Kreider. But despite all that talent, the Rangers never lived up to expectations, and it cost “Torts” his job. Tortorella’s grinding, defense-first style got the job done more often then not, but the Rangers struggled mightily on offense, especially when it mattered most in the playoffs, while limiting the effectiveness of offensively-minded forwards like Richards, Nash and Gaborik, the latter of whom was traded before the end of the 2013 season. And of course, there was Tortorella’s ever-abrasive demeanor when it came to dealing with the media. From last year’s description of “Pittsburgh’s whining stars“, to telling the media to “kiss his ass” and telling one of his own players that he “stinks“, Torts was always good for a soundbite, but less than effective when it came to relieving the pressure from the New York media- something his team probably could have used given all the pressure they were under already. Still, it’s likely that Tortorella will find a home in the NHL sooner rather than later. He coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup victory back in 2004, and got the Rangers to the postseason three straight years, including a berth as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12. But for the time being, one of the NHL’s more interesting personalities is headed to the unemployment line.
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As the feeling of shock lifts from the Ranger fan community, we’ve begun to examine some possible replacements for coach John Tortorella. The new man behind the bench will be the story of the offseason, but the departure of Tortorella could also have an impact on many other important decisions the franchise will make...
The Bruins’ 3-1 win over the Rangers last Saturday dropped New York out of the playoffs and put John Tortorella out of a job.
Tortorella was fired as head coach of the Blueshirts on Wednesday, five days after they were eliminated by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Torts’ pack-it-in style of hockey and notoriously prickly attitude toward the media rubbed many...
Reaction to the departure of former Rangers coach John Tortorella since his firing Wednesday has been mixed, but at least one of his former players couldn’t be happier about it. Former Rangers forward Sean Avery, who played under Tortorella from March 2009 until his retirement last season, told The New York Post on Thursday that he was glad to hear about his former coach being...
Wowzers, per ESPN's Katie Strang:
#NYR BREAKING: John Tortorella has been dismissed as head coach of the Rangers, source confirms
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 29, 2013
The Rangers are confirming:
BREAKING NEWS: The #NYR have relieved John Tortorella of his coaching duties...details to follow
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 29, 2013
The Rangers made headlines on Wednesday when they announced they had fired John Tortorella as their head coach after four and a half seasons. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Blueshirts have come up short in the playoffs each of the last three seasons and were easily dispatched by the Boston Bruins in five games in the 2013 playoffs.
Tortorella was hired with...
With John Tortorella being fired there's been a lot of posting of his top 10 media outbursts, but for me I'd rather post this video which shows how much the success of the Rangers organization meant to him...
...listen, I don't have my head in the sand when it comes to Tortorella's shortcomings. The power play was abysmal, his failure to adapt his system...
#NYRBREAKING: John Tortorella has been dismissed as head coach of the Rangers, source confirms
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 29, 2013
...WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in complete shock. As I have mentioned numerous times, there is a lot to complain about when it comes to Torts, but this to me is a panic move. Unless, as Sean Avery told us, the players hated him...
Sean Avery played for former New York Rangers coach John Tortorella from 2009 to 2012, so the two are quite familiar with one another. On March 30 after the Rangers lost 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, Avery ripped Tortorella in a tweet. “Fire this CLOWN, his players hate him and won’t play for his BS [...]
Photo via BostonHerald.comScott LevesqueManaging Editor It's been six carefree days since the Bruins sent the New York Rangers and John Tortorella packing for a long off-season break. Then just two day ago the Rangers decided to return the favor as they fired their volatile coach, Tortorella. It seems that Tort and Bruins head coach Claude Julien have more in common then we...
The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his duties, four days after the team was eliminated in five games by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference
It seems the New York Rangers' first-round playoff win over the Washington Capitals took a lot more out them than it appeared.
The toll was more mental than physical.
The Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the opening round and advanced with back-to-back shutout wins in the final two contests - culminating with a 5-0 rout in Game 7.
But when the time came to take...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Glen Sather had no intention of firing John Tortorella after the Rangers were eliminated by the Bruins until a large contingent of players made it clear during their exit interviews that their head coach's "overbearing personality" was the reason for the team's lack of success this season.
While no ultimatums were...