Fiery Tortorella resurfaces with Canucks

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Fiery Tortorella resurfaces with Canucks

Vancouver,  BC (Sports  Network) – In the end, the Rangers and Canucks swapped head coaches.The final portion of the switch occurred on Tuesday, when Vancouver officially brought in former New York bench boss John Tortorella. The move came four days after  the  Blueshirts named former Canucks  coach Alain Vigneault to the same post.

Tortorella  inherits a  Vancouver team  that captured  the Northwest  Division title, but was swept in the first round of the playoffs by San Jose. “We  are  proud to  introduce John  Tortorella as head  coach of the Vancouver Canucks,” president/general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. “John has coached  championship  teams and is passionate  about winning. He has a proven ability  to bring the best out of his players and we believe he has all of the qualities to bring our team success.”

Tortorella  was fired  by the Rangers last month following a second-round loss to  the  Boston Bruins.  The Rangers  reached the postseason  four of the five seasons, including a run to the Eastern Conference finals last year, after the Boston native took over as coach in February 2009.

The  55-year-old  captured the Jack  Adams Award as  the league’s top coach in 2004, when he guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup. Known as an intense coach with a reputation for petulant outbursts, Tortorella has  compiled a  410-340-67 career record with  37 ties. He ranks first on the NHL’s all-time wins list among American-born coaches.

06/25 12:47:17 ET
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