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In the Vancouver Province, Jason Botchford spoke with John Tortorella as he is preparing for the regular season at his summer home in Wisconsin.

Tortorella spoke in the interview about not changing his interactions with players and his belief that honesty will lead to players growing and becoming better.

He added that he felt hurt hearing that some of the Rangers had issues with him that weren't confronted or addressed in a one on one matter. Tortorella said that he thought he was close with his players in New York and that no one said anything to him during their exit interviews at the end of last season.

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In the Daily News, Pat Leonard spoke with Rangers President and GM Glen Sather who said that "the game has changed" and that is a big reason why he fired John Tortorella.

Sather said that dump and chase hockey needs to evolve and that when you watch the Bruins and Blackhawks, "there's not a hell of a lot of dump-ins." He says that there is a lot of puck control, hanging onto pucks and moving without the puck to create chances.

He said, "There's a lot of things that are done differently than what we were doing. So you have to look at the style of play. That had a lot to do with it."

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Michael: Now that the Bruins swept the Penguins, do you think that the Rangers fired John Tortorella too quickly? Pittsburgh was much better than the Rangers and didn't even win one game.

Adam Rotter: By almost all accounts, the Rangers were not planning to fire John Tortorella following their second round loss to the Bruins. Tortorella had even signed an extension?earlier in the year which would seem to indicate that management thought he would at least get to start next season.

Tortorella was fired because the players felt that his style and his personality was standing in the way of progress. The Rangers played hard against the Bruins but were beaten by a better team. Tortorella called it a sideways step of a season and the players called it a backwards step. Management listened to the players and they will have a new coach next season.

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In The Hockey News, Adam Proteau writes that after his performance in the playoffs, John Tortorella is no longer qualified to be a modern day NHL coach.

He writes that Tortorella is too focused on his systems and his stubborn personality to shift more towards the idea of being a manager, like in baseball, which is how some see the coaching position in the NHL going.

He compares Tortorella to Mike Keenan and says that the grumpy coach approach is best left in the past and not with current NHL coaches.

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6/1/13 4:38PM: Strang once again writes that Tortorella signed a new contract during the season, believed to be for three years.

5/29/13: 7:05PM: According to Katie Strang of ESPN NY, John Tortorella WAS NOT heading into the last year of his contract this year and had signed an extension during the season.

?Tortorella had signed a three-year extension following the 2010-11 season.

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After being fired by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season, John Tortorella joined TSN's hockey coverage for the 2008-09 season until he was hired by the Rangers.

Thursday morning on TSN Radio, TSN host James Duthie said that as soon as Tortorella was fired, he started to gets hundreds of questions from people asking when Tortorella would be back on TSN.

Duthie though doesn't expect it to happen because, "he hated being on TV." Duthie says that Tortorella would tell the other panelists that he loved hanging out with them, he loved watching the games and eating pizza with them, but that he hated the TV part of it.

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On Sportsnet, former NHL goalie John Garrett was asked about John Tortorella being fired by the Rangers.

Garret was 68-91-37 in 207 career games and said of Tortorella, "here is another guy who didn't play in the NHL, now I know Doug [to Doug MacLean], you didn't play in the NHL but your major asset and attribute is people skills and you played in the minors and learned it. John Tortorella, talk about not a players coach...NO IDEA. Dan Bylsma and Peter Laviolette, guys who have played in the NHL and know what it is like and then you get John Tortorella...it just drives me nuts.

Michael Grange writes at Sportsnet "But the bully act Tortorella presented in public always meant a little more to me, for some reason. Here was a coach who was by any measure a marginal professional hockey player who required his players to throw themselves in front of pucks at a rate never before seen in the NHL. He struck me as the worst kind of general ? the kind that encourages his troops to make great physical sacrifices without having any of his own battle scars to show them."

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10:22AM: Darren Dreger said on TSN Radio yesterday that one person inside the Rangers organization said that Tortorella lost the team in February and that they knew he wasn't going to be back.

Dreger also said that he understood the situation to be that Tortorella was safe.

10AM: According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, Glen Sather had no intention of firing John Tortorella after the Rangers season ended.

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On TSN Radio yesterday, Bob McKenzie said that there are two reasons why John Tortorella is no longer the coach of the Rangers:

  1. "Glen Sather did not like the style that John Tortorella's team was playing. The style this year was different than it was last year. Last year it was more of a puck possession team that spent more time in the other team's zone wearing them down. For some reason, personnel, approach or vice versa, they spent more time in their own end collapsing and playing without the puck"
  2. Glen Sather did not like the approach of the team and the major players let it be known either publicly or privately, "we are all Tort'sd out. We have given all we can. We aren't having fun and a change needs to be made."
McKenzie also notes that Tortorella's stubborn style may have finally worn out it's welcome and that "I'm sure if you talk to Mark Messier in the Rangers organization, you aren't going to get a favorable response" if asked about Tortorella.

It was mentioned in 2010 that there was a rift between Tortorella and Messier.

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According to a report in Swedish paper Expressen, via, Carl Hagelin did not expect John Tortorella to lose his job and was surprised to learn he had been fired.

Hagelin said that he had no issues with Tortorella and that he did not take the comments Tortorella made about Hagelin "stinking" on the power play to heart since he doesn't see much time on the PP.

Hagelin added that it maybe wasn't the smartest thing for Tortorella to say, but that the former Rangers coach quickly apologized to Hagelin.

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2:42PM: Bob McKenzie says that although Vigneault didn't interview for the job in 2002, he was on the Rangers short list of coaches they wanted to hire. They hired Bryan Trottier.

1:51PM: Bruce Garrioch tweets that Vigneualt is likely the top candidate and that Rick Browness is likely the top choice as assistant coach.

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2:15PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the belief is that the Rangers fired Tortorella for reasons unrelated to their record this season and instead because they felt the players had grown tired of his overbearing personality.

He adds that there is nothing that Lundqvist could have said that would have prompted this move by the Rangers.

1:19PM: According to a tweet from Elliotte Friedman, the comments that Henrik Lundqvist made on breakup day changed the Rangers thinking about keeping John Tortorella.

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1:01PM: The Rangers have announced that John Tortorella has been relieved of his coaching duties.

Tortorella had one year left on his contract.

THIS SECTION is about the rumors that Tortorella would be fired.

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Yesterday, while on TSN Radio, Darren Dreger talked about how he thinks John Tortorella could lose his job if the Rangers go out quickly to the Boston Bruins.

On TSN Radio in Montreal this morning, Bob McKenzie said "I think more people are swinging around to the idea that he doesn't have the better team in this series, as unpopular as Torts may be because of how he carries himself for what he says, you do get that feeling when you watch the Rangers. But you do get the people who think that he has them all leashed up and blocking shots and collapsing down low so they don't ever go and play. There was a transformation with the Rangers over the last number of years and Tortorella was a big part of that in getting them to play hard and maximizing what they do have. They went out and made some moves in the offseason. It hasn't paid dividends yet. Don't be fooled by the statistics, Rick Nash has had good games in the playoffs but they aren't a team that scores easily and often and there must be a diminishing return on having to play that style game after game. It has to be mentally fatiguing to know that you have to go into every game blocking more shots, hitting more guys and do that consistently just to have a chance to win."

When asked if this could be the end of Tortorella, McKenzie said "A lot of people will say yes and I wouldn't necessarily rule it out because they may feel that, but they may also be very careful in terms of....if you think you have a valuable coach who is good and you are very careful about just throwing him away, I think they will give that some long-hard thought and it's also finding someone better and who is the alternative and if you bring in another coach, what is his style and does he have the personnel to play that style. If not can you go out and make enough moves to make the next guy successful. It's not as easy as, well you potentially get swept in the second round in a year where they thought they would go a lot deeper. You have to be careful not to make a move that would actually set your organization back because it's an easy decision to pop the coach."

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11:02AM: According to Darren Dreger, on TSN Radio, John Tortorella could lose his job as Rangers coach if the Rangers lose to the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs.

Dreger's exact words were:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"With Tortorella you have that bombastic figure, he doesn't enjoy dealing with the media or selling the game one bit. Thankfully for the New York Rangers they don't have to sell the game, it's like the Toronto Maple Leafs, you kick the doors open and you have a capacity crowd that makes tens of millions per year. In Tortorella there is a shelf life, all coaches have that, his expiration date is probably sooner than most because of how he approaches the media and his players. I didn't like his comment on Carl Hagelin. He was blunt and honest that he stinks that that is why he doesn't use him on the power play. That is a tough thing to say to a player who you are trying to get going, I know Milbury on NBC took issue with it, so good for him."

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According to Larry Brook, in the NY Post, there has been no indication that ownership or Rangers upper management has "given the slightest thought" to making a change at head coach and firing John Tortorella.

Brooks says that Tortorella has struggled to replicate how he was able to get the most out of his players last season because he didn't have a training camp to instill that mindset.

He also notes that because of what Avery said, it all but guarantees that Tortorella will stick around and he jokes that another comment by Avery could result in the Rangers giving Tortorella a contract extension.

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8AM: Andrew Gross writes at Ranger Rants that Avery is not a very popular figure around the organization right now and that includes some of his former teammates.

Gross says that Avery and his former teammates have "barely any contact" and that the comments he made are probably his own and not much of a reflection on what his teammates think.

10:47PM: Renaud Lavoie of RDS tweeted "Lots of question about John Tortorella's future. The surprise will be that the Rangers let him go."

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On Hockey Night in Canada last night, PJ Stock said that some players in the Rangers locker room are starting to tune out John Tortorella.

Glen Healey responded by saying that Tortorella led the Rangers to the second best record in the league last year, was a Jack Adams award nominee, a former Jack Adams winner and "you're telling me that he got stupid in a short period of time?"

Elliotte Friedman said that he doesn't expect a coaching change to take place and that the general feeling in the organization is that they are not deep enough to win right now and they are trying to fix that.

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Earlier this week, in a chat at ESPN.com, Katie Strang, Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun all spoke about the Rangers and more specifically John Tortorella and if he is in danger.

Burnside writes that a coach like Tortorella has a "finite" shelf life, but thinks that Tortorella is safe and has some "leash left." He adds that things could be different if the Rangers miss the playoffs.

Pierre LeBrun said that he doesn't a any coaching change coming for the Rangers this season.

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