Canucks close to hiring John Tortorella -- report

Former Rangers head coach John Tortorella is rumoured to be the next bench boss of the Canucks....

Former Rangers head coach John Tortorella is rumoured to be the next bench boss of the Canucks. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:08 PM ET

John Tortorella, fired by the New York Rangers in late May following their second-round playoff loss to the Boston Bruins, is close to becoming the next head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

The move would be seen as an unofficial "trade" as the New York Rangers hired Alain Vigneault to be their new bench boss Friday after he was let go by the Canucks last month.

Tortorella has been offered the coaching job in Vancouver and both sides are close to deal, according to a Winnipeg newspaper source.

With the Rangers, Tortorella enjoyed his best season in 2011-12 when the team won 51 games and clinched the Eastern Conference title with 109 points. They would go on to lose the conference final to the New Jersey Devils.

Things apparently turned sour in the Rangers dressing room during the 2013 playoffs following the benching of former playoff MVP Brad Richards, who had struggled in the post-season.

Tortorella guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2004, defeating the Calgary Flames in seven games.

During his coaching career, Tortorella has 410 wins, 330 losses, 67 overtime and shootout losses and 37 ties.


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