Former coach John Tortorella jumps to Henrik Lundqvist's defense

Former Rangers coach John Tortorella joined TSN 1050 on Thursday to talk all things Mike Babcock, but the radio crew couldn't resist asking Tortorella a question about Henrik Lundqvist, Tortorella's former goalie. Lundqvist struggled in Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, allowing 12 goals on 66 shots for an uncharacteristically awful .818 save percentage. Tortorella...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 6 ECSF: Rangers @ Washington

The New York Rangers will attempt to force a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center tonight, starting at 7 PM.  For a preview, click here. TV: NBCSN Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM Rangers Game Notes Probable line-up:  Nash-Brassard-St.Louis Kreider-Stepan-Fast Hagelin-Moore-Hayes Glass-Sheppard-Miller McDonagh-Girardi Staal-Boyle Yandle-Klein Goalie match-up:...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

These aren’t the same Capitals

Though it seems like the Rangers and Capitals clash in the playoffs every year, this Washington team is very different than the one the Blueshirts have met three times in the last four postseasons. In some ways, the roles have been reversed. Whereas John Tortorella’s Black and Blueshirts were known for their grind it out style and fearless Read more → The post These aren...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday

ATLANTA – OCTOBER 29: Head coach John Tortorella of the Tampa Bay Lightning yells at officials over a call during a game against the Atlanta Thrashers October 29, 2005 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Lightning won the game 3-2. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Posts Larry Brooks once suggested Henrik Lundqvist skate off on John Tortorella

Back from paternity leave and back in practice, Henrik Lundqvist (above) is getting ready. Which prompted the interesting story of Henrik, John Tortorella, and the Post's Larry Brooks.So perhaps now is not the time to flash back to the bad old days when then-coach John Tortorella would all but encourage Rangers shooters to fire away at Henrik Lundqvist regardless of the number of...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dave Lozo Dishes on Pens, Crosby, Tortorella,and More by @ChicksDigHockey

If you follow Dave Lozo on Twitter (@DaveLozo), you know that he specializes in irreverent wit and outstanding hockey coverage. After spending five years covering the New York Rangers and the NHL as a writer for, Lozo currently is the lead hockey writer for Bleacher Report. This week I caught him in a good mood and leveraged a friendship to get him to agree to an...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Torts Turns To Advanced Statistics

Former Ranger coach John Tortorella has been a busy man while waiting for the next NHL gig to open up. In a recent interview on 620 WDAE in Tampa, FL, Torts was fairly candid on what he’s been up to since he was fired as coach in Vancouver. Somewhat surprisingly, Tortorella admitted that he and Mike Sullivan have been formulating their own measure of advanced statistics that has...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Hockey Day in Tampa Bay showcases wide spectrum of sport

TAMPA, Fla. -- The former player and his old coach met in a corridor deep in Amalie Arena and shared a smile on a day of celebration. Early Sunday afternoon, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk encountered his former coach John Tortorella near an entrance to the ice before both led teams in the Lightning Conference All-Star Game as part of Hockey Day in Tampa Bay....
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Lightning to host Hockey Day in Tampa Bay on Feb. 15 at Amalie Arena

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Day in Tampa Bay on Feb. 15 at Amalie Arena, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending with a watch party for the Lightning at San Jose Sharks game starting at 8:30 p.m. John Tortorella, the former Lightning coach who led Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup title in 2004, will participate by serving as a coach in the Lightning Conference All-Star...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Does Anyone Else Miss John Tortorella?

The man. The myth. The eternally angry legend. Alain Vigneault has been New York Rangers coach for a season plus and has done a tremendous job. He’s changed the way the team plays, maintained an even-keeled persona which can be seen on the ice and, in his first season, led New York to its first Cup Final appearance since 1994. A remarkable start to what we all hope can be a championship...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates John Tortorella, Mike Milbury (Video)

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday to raise awareness for ALS after being nominated by former Vancouver Canucks teammate Eddie Lack. Luongo took part in the challenge wearing some kind of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles suit, and also nominated three former head coaches Mike Milbury, Mike Keenan and John Tortorella. Filed under: Florida...
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Torts Pretty Much Hated Being In Vancouver

While we have a little break in Rangers news, I thought I’d pass along this amazing story about John Tortorella. It’s no secret that his short tenure in Vancouver was an unmitigated disaster. A disciplinarian taking over a well established, veteran team? What could go wrong? However, it wasn’t Tortorella trying to convince the Sedin twins that blocking shots will lead to victories...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

J.T. Miller, the Next Big Ranger?

J.T. Miller has had ups and downs in his NHL career. I loved him when he came up during the lockout shortened 12-13 season, but it was short-lived. Head Coach at the time John Tortorella messed up a lot of players, Miller being one of those. With midseason team changes, different styles of play, and two different leagues between the NHL and AHL, Miller has played in a lot of situations...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks Hire Willie Desjardins

The Vancouver Canucks have officially hired former AHL Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins to replace the fired (and very fiery) John Tortorella after one year. Desjardins has seen success at every level. From 2002-2010 he coached the junior hockey Medicine Hat Tigers to two Memorial Cup tournaments and reached the finals in 2007. He also won two WHL championships and was given the Dunc...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Canucks Hire Willie Desjardins As Head Coach, Replacing John Tortarella

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks have hired Willie Desjardins as their coach. This is the first NHL head coaching job for Desjardins, who most recently led the AHL’s Texas Stars to a Calder Cup championship. He succeeds John Tortorella, who was fired after coaching the Canucks for one year. “Willie Desjardins has won at every level and we believe he’ll...
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks Name Willie Desjardins New Head Coach

We all knew that this summer will bring a lot of change for the Vancouver Canucks, and one of the core components of that change has been put into place today. After the firing of John Tortorella, the Canucks have seemingly gone in the completely opposite direction by hiring a rookie coach in Willie Desjardins. At the age of 57, the Climax, Saskatchewan native has great head coaching...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella: Crossing Paths

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports, Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Before the 2013-14 NHL season, Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella switched roles. The two probably crossed each other’s path in an airport, as Tortorella was let go as head coach of the New York Rangers, but found a new gig in coaching the Vancouver Canucks. Before that, Vigneault was axed in his leading role in Vancouver...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Is The Coach To Blame for the Vancouver Canucks Missing the Playoffs?

#481416455 / The Vancouver Canucks went into the 2013-2014 NHL season having made the playoffs for five consecutive seasons. Two of those five previous seasons saw them win the Presidents’ Trophy. While they never won Lord Stanley’s Cup during that impressive stretch, they were consistently one of the most feared teams in the league. This year, however, that...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Media continues to pile on Tortorella, even when it’s unfounded

File this under “the worst thing I’ve read today on the internet”. The media loves (and I mean, loves) the John Tortorella grave dance. Other than the post-game pint, crapping ink all over Torts is their favorite pastime. Which is fine. I get it. Torts is a big meanie. He doesn’t like sports writers. Instead of “NO SOUP FOR YOU”, it’s “NO QUOTES FOR YOU”, which...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tortorella Did What?!

Gary Maon of the Globe & Mail drops a bombshell!
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tortorella’s Biggest Failure: Not Prolonging The Inevitable

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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Tortorella Scouting Report on the Penguins

Because we’re a full service blog here, I was able to obtain an in-depth scouting report from former Rangers coach John Tortorella on a Penguins team he faced so often during his tenure in New York… …i know it was a disaster in Vancouver and the Rangers are better off with AV, but damn Torts was tremendous sometimes. H/T to reader @CinciMike.
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tortorella fired as Canucks coach after one season

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks have fired John Tortorella one year into the fiery coach’s long-term deal. Tortorella, who signed a five-year contract last summer after being dismissed by the New York Rangers, failed to reach the playoffs behind the Vancouver bench. Assistant coach Mike Sullivan was also fired Thursday. The Canucks finished 25th in the 30...
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tortorella, Sullivan Fired in Vancouver

John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan have been relieved of their coaching duties. — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) May 1, 2014 …i never thought that this was a good mix. A disciplinarian going to an established veteran team. It was doomed from the start. Assuming the scene in which he tried to bum rush the Flames locker room probably...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Canucks to fire John Tortorella

John Tortorella’s tenure in Vancouver is over after just one season. According to a report by TSN’s Farhan Lalji the Canucks will fire Tortorella on Thursday after finishing the first season of a five-year contract he signed before the season began. Tortorella made his mark this season when he played a hand in this line […]
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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