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Old 05-29-2013, 01:06 PM
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Rangers Fire Head Coach John Tortorella

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his coaching duties.

Under Tortorella’s guidance, the Rangers posted their second most wins all-time in a single season with 51, and tied for second in franchise history with 109 points in 2011-12. He became the 30th coach in NHL history to coach 800 games on March 27, 2012, at Minnesota (3-2 win), and won his 100th game as Rangers Head Coach with a 5-3 win on November 5, 2011, vs. Montreal.

On March 26, 2013, Tortorella became the 30th head coach in league history to register his 400th NHL coaching victory, with a 5-2 win at Philadelphia. He also passed Tom Renney for fourth on the Rangers' all-time coaching wins list with a 3-2 shootout victory on April 10, 2013 vs. Toronto.

Tortorella was named the 34th head coach in franchise history on February 23, 2009. He ranks first on the NHL’s all-time wins list among U.S.-born coaches with 410 career victories, having passed Peter Laviolette with a 4-3 shootout win at Montreal on March 17, 2009.

Prior to returning to the Rangers, Tortorella served as Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for seven seasons. Under his guidance, Tampa Bay compiled a 239-222-36-38 record in 535 games. He led the Lightning to four consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, including two Southeast Division Championships in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

In 2003-04, Tortorella guided Tampa Bay to a franchise record 46 wins and 106 points, and went on to capture the only Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the National Hockey League’s top coach following that season.

Tortorella joined Tampa Bay following a one-year stint with the Rangers in 1999-2000 where he was an Assistant Coach and served as Head Coach for the final four games of the season. Prior to joining the Rangers, he spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. He joined Phoenix during the 1997-98 season, after spending the previous eight seasons with the Buffalo Sabres organization.

Tortorella served as an Assistant Coach with the Sabres from 1989-90 to 1994-95 and as Head Coach with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rochester Americans, during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 campaigns. He guided the club to the Calder Cup championship in 1995-96, and followed that up by posting the AHL Northern Conference’s best record during the 1996-97 regular season.

Tortorella began his tenure behind the bench with the Virginia Lancers of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL), where he spent two seasons as General Manager and Head Coach from 1986-87 to 1987-88 and immediately established himself as one of the league’s best. In two seasons with the Lancers, Tortorella compiled a 73-24-1-0 record to earn Coach of the Year honors both seasons, along with the league championship during the 1986-87 campaign.

Following the 1987-88 season, Tortorella joined the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League (IHL) during their 1988 playoff run before serving as an Assistant Coach with the New Haven Nighthawks (AHL) in 1988-89.

Tortorella also served as an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 Winter. Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. He also served as head coach for Team USA at the 2008 World Championship, and was an assistant coach at the 2005 World Championship.

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Old 05-29-2013, 01:07 PM
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:08 PM
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Whoa! Lots of people hoped for, but didn't really expect this.

I'm not really surprised. He seems to handcuff his players, be it the physical or offensive part of their game.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:10 PM
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Is this where Lindy lands? He did play for the Rags.....
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:11 PM
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WFAN Sather will hold press con at 2:15 WFAN said this came to a head last night
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Surprised it took this long, lol.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:16 PM
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Guess Henrik must have said NO

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ho...icle-1.1355985
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:18 PM
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Bruce Garrioch writes that Jim Schoenfeld may be the front-runner to become Rangers coach.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:19 PM
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A couple days after I thought it'd happen.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:34 PM
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Bruce Garrioch writes that Jim Schoenfeld may be the front-runner to become Rangers coach.
Man I guess I don't see why this guy would be the front runner. Been out of the first round just 3 times in 10 years as an NHL head coach.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:45 PM
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I was a Torts supporter in our Rangers team thread most of the year but the 4 for 44 PP after last years ridiculous PP in the playoffs really pi*sed me off.
I have been calling for a PP coach for years now as my fellow Ranger fans know and wrote that I'd make Torts hire a PP coach and if he refused I would fire him!

Did Slats and him have a falling out over the PP and frankly PK also in the playoffs?

Maybe we'll find out!

The Rangers were very poor on faceoffs, the PP, and in the playoffs the PK stunk also.

I'll give Torts credit for playing and developing alot more young homegrown Rangers than Tom Renney did. Not having Sauer all year really hurt and losing Staal really hurt also. The defenseman played very poor in the playoffs!

I'd rather see a good assistant coach from somewhere than some rethread like Schoenfeld or Ruff!

Sh*t Keenan just went to Russia, maybe bring back Iron Mike!

I'm joking!
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Not that surprising.With his underachieving team and his antics with the media.i guess his circus has come full circle and the Rangers top brass had enough...
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:57 PM
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Damn, I was hoping Torts would have a chance to further screw up the team for a few more years.
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