Canucks set to introduce Tortorella as coach
The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their coach Tuesday
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their coach Tuesday.
Tortorella, the recently fired coach of the New York Rangers, arrived in Vancouver on Friday amid reports he was the choice to replace the fired Alain Vigneault.
If all goes as expected, Tortorella and Vigneault will end up trading jobs. Vigneault was hired last week as Tortorella’s replacement with the Rangers.
Vigneault, who had a 313-170-57 NHL regular-season record in seven seasons with the Canucks, was let go in May after Vancouver was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Tortorella coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup and had a 171-118-30 record with the Rangers. He guided the team to a 26-18-4 record and sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference this season.
Tortorella, 55, has a reputation as a demanding, volatile coach.
There were reports — denied by general manager Glen Sather — Rangers players were on the verge of revolt.
Sather, who said he liked the coach, last week described Tortorella as “beyond stubborn.”