The Vancouver Canucks could be John Tortorella’s next coaching destination.
Cam Tucker of Metro News Canada cited Renaud Lavoie of RDS who says the Canucks are currently talking to Tortorella. The fiery head coach was fired by the New York Rangers after their Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the the Boston Bruins. Lavoie broke the news on his Twitter feed.
“Canucks and John Tortorella are talking. Is one of the strong candidates to replace Alain Vigneault.”
ESPN’s Kate Strang says the Rangers gave the Canucks permission to speak with Tortorella, who still has two years remaining on his contract with New York. Prior to his unexpected dismissal, he signed a contract extension during the season.
Strang adds Tortorella is also being eyed by the Dallas Stars who are seeking to replace Glen Gulutzan. As of Monday, the Stars had not requested to speak permission with him although the Rangers are expected not to get in the way should this happen, per Strang.
Under Tortorella’s leadership, the Rangers allowed only 2.25 goals during the regular season. This was the fourth-best in the entire National Hockey League.
However, they were not as sharp offensively. They were average in terms of their offense, scoring just four more goals than the Canucks, per Tucker.
The Canucks fired Alain Vigneault after the team was swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. This marks the second consecutive first-round exit for Vancouver, which has scored just one goal in two postseason appearances in 2012 and 2013.
Tortorella lead the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012. He won a Stanley Cup championship in 2004 as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.