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We're only a few hours removed from the announcement that John Tortorella has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the New York Rangers. And despite everyone still trying to fully grasp what has happened in the last 24 hours (including me), I'm going to - possibly prematurely - take our first look at potential candidates to replace Tortorella. Again, we're only a few hours removed from the announcement so we are very likely not anywhere close to finding out who the new guys is. So this is very preliminary guess-work. But what do we have to lose? Here are the guys who, in my mind, are in some capacity a candidate for the position or at the very least will be linked to us.
Lindy Ruff - I'll start with the most obvious name just to get it out of the way. Ruff was let go by the Sabres on February 20th and was seemingly linked to the Rangers almost immediately. In 15 seasons that Ruff was in charge, the Sabres made it to the Eastern Conference Finals four ti...
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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...
After four-plus seasons behind the bench, head coach John Tortorella has been let go by the New York Rangers.
The New York Rangers fired coach John Tortorella on Wednesday after the team took a step back this season. Last season, the Rangers won the Eastern Conference regular-season title and went to the conference finals. This season, they finished sixth, even though expectations were high after they acquired Rick Nash in the offseason. Though they upset the Washington Capitals in the first...
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...
In a not totally unexpected move, the Rangers have fired head coach John Tortorella. Exit interviews conducted with key Blueshirts players apparently contributed to the final decision.
There will be a lot of rumors of who will take Torts place in the Big Apple and the first name on that list will be former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
More to come...
#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...