Canucks in talks with Torts: Report

Former New York Rangers bench boss John Tortorella is reportedly in talks with the Vancouver...

Former New York Rangers bench boss John Tortorella is reportedly in talks with the Vancouver Canucks. (AFP)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET

On Monday, it was the Dallas Stars.

A day later, the Vancouver Canucks.

And with that, it seems the John Tortorella sweepstakes are officially underway across the NHL.

According to RDS, the Canucks and Torts, who was relieved of his coaching duties with the New York Rangers last month, are talking.

The report goes on to state that the outspoken – sometimes over-the-top – bench boss is a “strong candidate” to take over for displaced Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.

In an interview with TEAM 1040 late last week, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said his organization could interview as many as eight potential candidates for the job, including former Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

The Canucks were also in talks with new Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins last week.

Gillis went on to mention former Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel as a potential candidate.

The Canucks are coming off yet another disappointing playoff appearance that saw them swept in the first round by the San Jose Sharks.

Tortorella’s Rangers exited at the hands of the Boston Bruins in this season’s second round.

In 10 full seasons as an NHL coach, Tortorella guided the Tampa Bay Lightning and Rangers to a combined eight playoff appearances, including a Stanley Cup championship with the Lightning in 2004.


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