NHL notes: Canucks clear way for Tortorella hiring

John Tortorella. (Reuters)

John Tortorella. (Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

All that’s left to do is the paperwork.

The Vancouver Canucks are expected to complete their coach-for-coach swap with the New York Rangers, according to ESPN.com, which confirmed earlier reports stating the Canucks will name John Tortorella to replace Alain Vigneault in the coming days.

According to the report, Tortorella is still hammering out a contract with the Canucks, who fired Vigneault shortly after a first-round playoff exit in May.

An ESPN source also confirmed two other Vancouver candidates, Los Angeles Kings’ assistant coach John Stevens and the Canucks AHL coach Scott Arniel, were told they’re no longer in the running for the position.

The Rangers introduced Vigneault as their new head coach Friday.

TIPPETT CASHES IN

The details of head coach Dave Tippett’s deal in the desert are beginning to trickle out.

According to Sportsnet, not only did the Phoenix Coyotes re-up their bench boss to a monster five-year, $10-million deal, they also conceded a bit of wiggle room due to concerns Tippett made clear during negotiations.

With the team’s future up in the air, Tippett’s long-term deal contains an opt-out clause after each season. If he’s unhappy with the team’s eventual new owners or if the club is relocated, Tippett may decide to walk away.

The NHL has been trying to sell the franchise since buying it out of bankruptcy in 2009.

Tippett has an impressive 156-96-42 record over four seasons with the Coyotes, taking the embattled club all the way to the Western Conference final in 2012.

CALGARY FLOODS

The Calgary Flames haven’t exactly been reassuring following massive flooding that reached the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

"We're fairly confident that we're structurally intact,” Libby Raines, the Flames’ vice-president of building operations, said of the Saddledome.

The Flames tweeted out a series of photos on Saturday that detailed the amount of destruction that’s taken place as a result of the rising Bow River.

The club reported Saturday that the water is well-above ice level and is encroaching on row eight of the arena.

“It’s a total loss on the event level,” Flames president Ken King said.

As for the 2013-14 NHL season?

"We are going to be ready," King said.

Whether that means the Saddledome will be remains to be seen.

BRYZGALOV IN LIMBO

Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent is making the radio station rounds to offer up a bit of insight into his client’s prospects come the off-season.

Bryzgalov, whose mouth has gotten him into more trouble than anything else this season, isn’t sure if he’ll still be playing for the Philadelphia Flyers this time next week.

In an exchange with Sportsnet 960 in Alberta, Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, said he has assurance from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren that he’ll receive notice when and if his client’s on the chopping block.

“Paul has been candid enough to say, ‘Never say never. I don’t know what I’m going to be offered at some point, so I’m not going to guarantee you anything, except that I will give you plenty of warning if I do so,’ ” Winter said.

The Flyers have already announced Daniel Briere’s departure through a buyout, and the thinking is Bryzgalov, who signed a nine-year, $51 million deal in 2011, could face a similar fate.

“At the end of the day, (Bryzgalov) would rather look face-first into that storm and face the challenge and make the changes necessary for the goaltending to be part of the success Philadelphia has, rather than run away from it," Winter said.

"Ilya Bryzgalov is a lot of things, but he’s not afraid of a challenge.”

BRIEFLY

Currently holding the No. 5 pick, the Carolina Hurricanes will look to trade down in next Sunday’s NHL draft if their selection is taken off the board within the first four picks, the Raleigh News and Observer reported


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