Posted May 29, 2013

John Tortorella out as Rangers head coach

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The Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella on Wednesday. (NHLI/Getty Images)

The Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella on Wednesday. (NHLI/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella on Wednesday, days after the team was eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to a tweet from ESPN hockey writer Katie Strang.

Tortorella, who spent four years as head coach of the Rangers, had brought the team to its third ever 50-win season in 2011-12, good for the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 51-24-7 record, and became a finalist for the Jack Adams award, which ended up going to Ken Hitchcock of  the St. Louis Blues. Tortorella’s Rangers then fell to the New Jersey Devils in the Conference Finals last year, and posted a 26-18-4 record this season.

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3 comments
JakeRichards
JakeRichards

John Tortorella,  smart change. Well done!!

help4mac1
help4mac1

Lets get some one from the Ranger's golden years. How about the Big Chief or Eddie or someone who can bring back a little attitude.

FDowney
FDowney

@help4mac1 As a Bruins fan, I thought the Rangers had plenty of attitude. What you didn't have is any offense. When you're more offensively inept than the Bruins, there's a problem :)