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New York Rangers coach John Tortorella talks to his team during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 in Newark, N.J. The Rangers won 3-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella talks to his team during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 in Newark, N.J. The Rangers won 3-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

John Tortorella said today that he did not want to leave the Rangers when he was fired and said that there was "some unfinished business." (NY Post)

He said that the organization was going in the right direction and that he loved "every moment here." (NY Post)

Tortorella said that when Ryan McDonagh first came to the Rangers he "didn't say a word" and respected the "hierarchy" of the locker room. Tortorella said that McDonagh has grown into being the captain of the Ranges. (NY Post)

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John Tortorella will be named the head coach of Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey next fall. (Frank Seravalli)

Tortorella has not coached in the NHL since being fired by Vancouver after the 2014 season.

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Ryan McDonagh said that the biggest change that the Rangers have undergone since Alain Vigneault took over as head coach is that the team uses everybody and often doesn't shorten the bench. (NY Post)

McDonagh said that the coaching staff uses everyone and allows all the players to have a chance to contribute on the ice. (NY Post)

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John Tortorella was on ESPN today and said that the key to Game 7 tomorrow will be the goalies.

Tortorella said, "it's the goalies. It has to be. Hockey is the goalies."

He added, when asked about Henrik Lundqvist at MSG and said, "scary. It's scary. I'm not making a prediction. I don't think they get to Game 7 without Lundqvist in those first two periods so I just, I'm not rooting for either team but you have to look at the goalies and you look at the numbers of Hank....Ben Bishop has been good but he is going to have to be better."

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John Tortorella was on ESPN today and spoke about tonight's Game 6 between the Rangers and Lightning.

Tortorella said that the number one thing the Rangers need to do tonight is "score a power play goal. That really hurt them, it drained them and took the energy out of the team."

He added, "they need to defend, it's the way they won all year long by defending first and letting the offense come from it. It's not sexy but it's the way you have to play and it's the way that this team does play."

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5/22/15 | 3:43PM: On the idea of potentially pulling Henrik Lundqvist after a shaky first period, Tortorella told Hannah Storm "don't go there. I wouldn't pull him. Quite honestly, if you try to pull him I don't think he would leave. That is how competitive he is. There is not a chance. I thought that in the prior game when it was 5-2 that Alain was going to take him out then because the game is over, just to get him out but he didn't. I would not do it. He is the backbone, don't give on him here. He will play well here. With him with that team, with his stature, that will foul up a lot of things in that room. Don't give up on him, this series is far from over and he is going to be a big part of it." (ESPN)

5/21/15 | 4:48PM: John Tortorella was on TSN 1050 on Thursday afternoon and was asked about Henrik Lundqvist and his recent struggles.

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John Tortorella was on ESPN with Linda Cohn and spoke about the Rangers and Lightning series.

  • On stoppping Steven Stamkos, "His game has ramped up now. I don't think they are changing. They have the right things going on in that locker room. In playoffs it's not about counter punching, it's about doing what you do and they have been doing it all year long. After watching Game 6 and 7 and seeing how Henrik played....my gosh.
He added:

  • "How can you not look pretty hard at the Rangers and see what they can do in the next couple of rounds, lets just start with this round, but Henrik is playing better than I have ever seen him play. I quite honestly think that the injury helped him because he is more rested. You know him, he wants to play every game and every minute. That is a tough team. Tampa is never out of it, they can score goals. The coach did a great job of putting him on wing and changing his game a bit. It's gonna be a real interesting series."
  • On Marty St. Louis, "Don't you dare count him out, when it gets to a bigger stage and it's getting bigger and bigger, Marty was sat out the last game and missed some shifts, I just know him too well, he is champing at the bit and I think he will make a big difference here. He always plays better on the bigger stage, lots of things going on around him, he will have questions asked about him, he sat out some shifts, the Tampa/Stevie Y thing, his age, all of that. He thrives on that. I think he will be a wild card for the Rangers in terms of stepping up his play. They said no to him quite a bit in the league when he was younger and that is the type of motivation that he needs and I think he will be very good."
Tortorella was also on The Michael Kay Show yesterday and said:

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On Friday, with the Capitals up 3-1 in the series over the Rangers, Darren Dreger spoke with former Rangers coach John Tortorella who said that this series would get to a game 7. (Dreger)

Tortorella has been out of hockey this year after being fired by the Canucks last spring.

Tortorella would like to be a head coach again and it seems as if he won't return to the bench with assistant Mike Sullivan. (Sportsnet)

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John Tortorella is back in Tampa with his family and was on the radio this morning to promote an event with the Lightning this weekend.

On what he is doing now, Tortorella said, "It gives me an opportunity to step back and watch a lot of games and one thing that I have jumped into with all the talk about analytics, myself and Mike Sullivan are analyzing every goal scored during last season 5 on 5 and trying to figure out an analytic package that will help, not just what is out there which is some good stuff but trying to do our own thing. That has kept us busy and in the game here." (620WDAE, via PHT)

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Below is a video of Sean Avery doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

In his caption of the video, Avery challenges Chris Chelios, "the 2 biggest #Midgets in USA @GaryBettman & @JohnTortorella"

For more Ice Bucket Challenge videos, CLICK HERE,? HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

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Gordie Clark said that all the shot blocking the Rangers were doing under John Tortorella was the result of playing in their end too much. (Boston Herald)

He said "the guy who created this game created hockey to have the puck and be creative with it and make plays, not to chase it around." Clark added, that is where they wanted to change. He said that Glen Sather went in search of a coach who would play like that and Alain Vigneault was that guy. (Boston Herald)

Clark said in the series against Boston in 2013 the Rangers played played too much in their own end and it wasn't how Sather wanted or expected them to play so he made a change. (Boston Herald)

  • In the 2013 playoffs the Rangers Corsi was 46.8%. In the regular season it was 50.9%. (ES)
He added that a few years ago the Rangers decided they wanted to be more of a skilled and speed team. (Boston Herald)

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5:21PM: On Mike Francesa, Dolan said "I am pretty good friends with Torts and we got along really well and had a fun time when he was here but Glen is the one who knows and he had good reasons for what he was doing. The only thing that I asked him to do was to treat Torts as fairly and kindly as possible because we considered him a friend and I think he tried really hard. I miss him. I missed him all season and I miss him today. I love Alain and we have a good relationship but I miss Torts"

3:57PM: James Dolan said that he still keeps in touch with former Rangers coach John Tortorella and the two text from time to time.(NY Post)

Dolan said that the two are still friends that Tortorella will text him if he hears one of Dolan's songs, from his band JD and the Straight Shot, on the radio. (NY Post)

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4/4/14: 3PM: Tortorella says that the Canucks were playing one way at the start of the season, got banged up and went conservative. He made a mistake in not trying to get back to playing an aggressive quick enough.

He said that he is willing to discuss his style of play with reporters, because he doesn't think they understand what he is trying to do, after the season.

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On March 17th the Tampa Bay Lightning, with Ryan Callahan, defeated John Tortorella and the Canucks 4-3.

In that game, Ryan Callahan played 21:35 with an assist, 3 shots on goal, 3 shots that missed the net and 1 hit.

John Tortorella said that?with Callahan being his captain and someone he spent a lot of time with, seeing him in a Tampa Bay jersey "didn't look right" and struck him as funny. (Newsday)

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4:36PM: John Tortorella met with the media in Vancouver earlier today (Canucks)

  • On seeing the Rangers, "I've been gone long enough and I don't do too much reminiscing right now."
  • On how the Rangers are transitioning, "you know what...I haven't, as you well know, I'm just trying to spend my time trying to keep this team playing and we don't spent a lot of time on the other team, it's a matter of our game and our execution so that is what we spend a great deal of time with."
  • On the Canucks needing to win it, "I don't know what the arithmetic is, losing the other night it puts us in a real precarious spot, we all know that. The guys came in today, we met, we taped, we went about the business as usual and are trying to get better...against a team that is playing very well. We have our hands full tomorrow night."
  • Did you spend time during the year looking at what the Rangers were doing, "no. I have too much fun with these guys (pointing to the media) here.....I didn't."
  • Did you pay attention to the Rangers, "one thing that is different for me is that three hours out west, you really don't spend much time or have the opportunity to really worry about it. We could see what our division was right away, that we are in, that we would have our hands full. We spent a lot of time there, Larry, on what we needed to do as a club. It might be a little different for me, I won't lie to you, you always when you leave a team and you spend five years, you look at some guys but when it's east/west it kind of blocked it out and I just worried about our business here."

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Similar to the infamous Devils/Rangers brawl from a few seasons ago, the Calgary Flames started their fourth line last night in a game against Vancouver and John Tortorella countered with his fourth line which led to a 5 on 5 brawl.

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Tortorella going to the Calgary locker room and reaction, below

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5:27PM: On MSG, former Rangers coach John Tortorella spoke with the media:

  • ?These games....although this wasn't a one-goal game tonight, the games are so tight every night. They are hard to play and quite honestly, as we come into this game, 13-9-5, the amount of times we have been down by a goal I think we have done a pretty good job keeping ourselves afloat early in the year. It can't continue, I think the try is there and we are getting the chances, we just haven't finished at an opportune time and they do. We make a mistake and they finish."
  • On pulling Luongo to create a spark, "a little bit of both. I am certainly not going to put this on Louy. The onus is on all of us to try and gain some traction. Everyone has to give some skin. The Ottawa game...I told you after the game, I thought we played better in the games we lost prior. I've gotta break this one day. For us to get some traction everyone needs to get involved with their level of play."
  • On being in MSG, "once the game starts...the stuff prior to the game and seeing some of the trainers and all that. I won't lie to you, it's a little weird coming back here, but once the game starts playing and trying to find a way to get a win. That is my job, to try and get some traction with this hockey club. Once that starts it's....lets go."
  • On the players reacting a certain way because of the coaching circumstances, "I don't think the players buy into that. Players want to play and they beat us today."
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John Tortorella, via Rangers Report, spoke with the media a few minutes ago:

  • On any emotions walking into MSG, "It's weird but the overriding emotion is the Vancouver Canucks trying to gain some traction as we go on."
  • What does it take to fully sever ties, "You guys to stop asking about it. I don't think you ever sever. The most important thing is that when you are all said and done are the relationships. When you are in the middle of things and you are 30 games into a new season and with a new team it's time to sever as far as what is important and that is finding a way to win and trying to go about your business."
  • On what he is most proud of from his time with the Rangers, "I haven't thought about it. I really haven't. I'm not going to keep going back. It's not being disrespectful. I have so many things on my mind about this team functioning properly. I have thoughts but I am not ready to give them yet."
  • On the players having more incentive with them facing their former coach, "you will have to ask them. I think that players, if their mindset is correct they are thinking about what is going on with their team and trying to go about playing the right way. We have a veteran team with good leadership and we are looking to go back to back"
  • On the energy level, "in any building really. I don't think we had a good start in Ottawa. I thought we had a good first 5 or 6 minutes but then it wasn't good. It's well chronicled...we have not scored the first goal a lot. We have been chasing the game and it's something we want to change. Whether it's MSG or any building you are always looking to gain momentum."
  • On identity for the Canucks, "I think we are making strides and the people who cover us know that we are making strides with how we lost the game to LA. I don't think we have totally nailed it down yet. We will get there as soon as possible and I think you need to be who you are and we have not fully defined it. I have an idea of what I would like us to be but we are still in the process of trying to relay that."
  • On a cheering section for Torts, "not a soul....not a soul."
  • On how he is doing things in Van, "It's a challenge. I love the teaching part of it. We are going to different teams. It's the way it is in our business. The teaching part of it, the personalities as you go through it. That is the coolest part of the game for me. Having them try to understand me and trying to understand them it's part of the relationships that you build. Sometimes it's in conflict, sometimes it's feeling good about yourself. We have a good group here. The organization has been great."
  • On people being more obsessive in Canada, "yea...you look at...when I was in NY...it's a big city and there is scrutiny but there are a lot of different sports here that are covered. In Van, it's a great city and there is pressure of wining but you are playing for the whole province of BC. There is quite a bit of scrutiny but that is where you want to be. I'm enjoying it."
  • On dealing with veterans, "at times....with the core of our group. You know how I feel about the process, I talk about it every day and it's a big part of growing as a team. It's been different for me there. I have had to rely on them a bit more. They were well coached and have some good veteran players there. It's for them to understand me and how we coach and do our day to day. I also rely on them. When you have young kids and we had a lot of young kids in New York putting them through the process and not listening to them too much until you start seeing the two-way street there. It's a good group that has helped me and I have approached it a little differently."
  • On the young guys with the Rangers and checking up, "No....I haven't because I am so damn busy trying to figure our team out. I thought we had a good start but we have been up and down here as far as results, not as in play, but in results. That is for another time when you have some time. You live under a rock, the way that I approach it and with a new team, there is a lot of work to be done as far as the organization and how stuff is done."
  • Do you draw on anything from being in NY, "No...I don't think there is anything specific. I have a deep philosophy on how you go about your business as a coach. I have made some adjustments as far as how I go about my business because I have some older guys and a good leadership group. The way we want to play...really no. I believe in how we go about our business as a coaching staff."
  • Will you visit with any players, "I am going to coach this game. Hopefully kick their ass and get our of here. That is not being disrespectful. They don't want to do it, I don't want to do it. We are so wrapped up in our seasons. We play at 1PM tomorrow in Carolina. We just get on a plane and go.
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Marty Biron was on the radio with Macko and Cauz on TSN 1050 recently and was asked about how he thinks things were going with the Canucks right now and how things were with the Rangers and John Tortorella when the team would lost.

Biron said, "Maybe it's me and the way that I act, but I used to laugh and enjoy every moment when Torts would come in and say we were terrible or we sucked or Carl Hagelin sucks on the power play or Marty you need to make that save and if you don't I won't have confidence playing you. It just gave me fire and a reason to push it even further. Everyone reacts differently to how coaches call them out for motivation. I loved it and we used to just laugh about it because it was Torts, it's how he is and how he deals with things. Guys used to laugh about it but obviously if you are being told that 20 times in a month it isn't the same thing. I saw his press conference the other day and I got a good chuckle and thought 'good old Torts' I am sure that? the guys in Vancouver will have stories. Right now it isn't a big deal because the coach is pointing out the truth.

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In a chat with the NY Post a few weeks ago, Rangers owner James Dolan said that he missed former Rangers head coach John Tortorella and that the two had a "special relationship."

Dolan said that he would visit Tortorella before games and the two would trade playful insults at each other, with Tortorella complaining about his cable and Dolan going back by saying that the Rangers couldn't get the puck out of their own zone.

He added that having Tortorella around was "fun for me" and that Tortorella banned Dolan for the locker room for a little while.

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John Tortorella said on Friday:

  • On the game, "quite honestly...we have beaten this thing up. We are going there, it's another game on the schedule. It's a very important game for us to gain some traction. We got some last night but we need to continue to gain traction."
  • On going in and out quickly, "We are going to be there with the team, coach and then we will get the hell out of there."
  • Have you watched the Rangers, "I have not watched. As I say, and I mean it...we have enough things to worry about with our hockey club and I am not looking to watch other teams."
  • On the media and a new relationship, "I don't think it's an effort...I think it ran away. I make my own bed there. Some of it...the perception was carried away. Some people ran with it. It's not so much that I have to work at it. I know that I wanted to have a two-way street with you guys and a mutual respect. I think we are able to converse and both of us do our jobs and that is all I wanted to happen. The things that bothered me the most was that every time my name was spoken it was about media and not about the game, or coaching. At my end there it really bothered me. Nothing was talked about as far as the hockey club. It's not an effort by me. I think it's the proper way I am trying to do it."
  • On cheers and boos, "I won't even here. I...I...it's a very important game for us after we stop the bleeding with one. We still need to gain traction and we are looking to prepare to play another team, a good team, and try to win a hockey game."
  • On in and out and distractions, "that is all we do anyway. We have talked about this guys...we have played this out. We are almost 30 games into the season. I am with a different club. This is where I want to be."
 
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As of Friday afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks rank 29th in the NHL in power play percentage with just 4 goals on 43 opportunities.

The Canucks scored power play goals in their first two games and have since scored 2 in their last 13.

Former Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan Glen Gulutzan is in charge of the Canucks PP.

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5:42PM: 10/26:

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John Tortorella and the Canucks are on Long Island today to take on the Islanders and Tortorella told Katie Strang that it wouldn't fair to anyone for him to take shots at the Rangers and their early season struggles.

Tortorella, when pressed by the NY Post, said that he wanted to talk about the Canucks but said that he loved working for the Rangers, loved being in NY and said that his family plans to return to the area at some point.

He then said that he doesn't know what is going on with the Rangers and didn't want to comment.

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In an interview with on TSN, James Duthie asked John Tortorella if he had any regrets from his time in NY.

Tortorella took a few seconds to ponder an answer and responded, "no. I thought my players and I had a really honest relationship, I know we did, but no one came to me and said, 'you know what. You are kicking the hell out of us, you gotta back off.' That kind of caught me back. I don't know exactly what happened. I know that my General Manager told me that I lost the team and you are out of here."

Duthie then asked Tortorella if he was too hard to play for and Torts said, "yes...at times...yes and that that is one thing I am trying to do to improve.

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James Duthie of TSN interviewed John Tortorella and Duthie said that when Tortorella was at TSN there wasn't a player that he liked or respected more than Brad Richards.

While Duthie was setting up the question Tortorella said "yes" and then Duthie asked if the two had spoken and Tortorella responded quickly with a "no."

When asked if he thought the relationship was damaged, Tortorella said ".......yea...that's all ill go."

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Larry Brooks spoke with TSN about his past with John Tortorella and what things are like now with Alain Vigneault:

  • ?What was the press conference prior to the game against the Rangers like compared to the ones in New York, "It was a kinder and gentler Tortorella. It also, as he pointed out, was the preseason John Tortorella, but we will see what happens when it counts."
  • Can Torts be like this for a full year, "He has many many more good days than bad days, it's just that the bad days make news. Yea, I can envision a serene John Tortorella some of the time, not all of the time, but I think he will make a real effort to change his image as it has been represented in his dealings with the media. He is going to attempt to change the dynamic."
  • You won't be surprised if he blows up though if things aren't going well, "I would be disappointed if the other side of Torts doesn't come out. Isn't that what other people are waiting for."
  • Was there a hatchet that needed to be buried between you two, "there was no hatchet that needed to be buried. He and I have gotten along pretty, well, really well actually away from the rink. We have known each other for a long time, since he was an assistant in New York in 2000. We have had many more good days than bad days together but again, it's the bad days that make news. There was no hatchet that needed to be buried. We caught up for a little while, said hello and wished each other well. I'm sure it was sincere because he has a lot to offer and we are inextricably linked for all time. The two of us know our relationship far better than anyone else and I think he is fine with it and I am fine with it."
  • On Alain Vigneault, "It's hard to tell because it's been a few weeks, they have been on the road and traveling. It's been a hurry up process for him to acclimate himself to the team and vice versa. He has been courteous and forthcoming with us but there has been very little time."
  • On the change to AV, "Rangers were ready for a change, there is no doubt about it. The dynamic had broken down between Tortorella and the team and they needed a different voice. They are very happy with the change, but it remains to be seen how well they play. They have a clean slate but success isn't guaranteed and they have to earn it.
Brooks said previously that he wished Tortorella the best in Vancouver.

He also chatted with The Province, CLICK HERE to see that recap.

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11AM: Pierre McGurie said on TSN Radio that thinks would have been a lot different if not for Roberto Luongo.

10:35AM: Last night John Tortorella, while answering a question about Henrik Sedin,?said this about how the Rangers played, "look. The Rangers didn't play a bad hockey game, they were pretty good. They were shooting from all angles and being ready to shoot."

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Canucks coach John Tortorella met with the media a little while ago before the Canucks and Rangers play tonight:

via Team 1040 in Vancouver, here are his comments in regards to the Rangers, NY and some stuff on the Canucks:

  • Did you want to leave NY, "No. I was told to leave and I left. It's part of the game. I am knee deep in it here. It's our last game tonight."
  • Pat Leonard: On the abrupt nature of being fired, "I'm not going back. It happens. I wish them the best and I am into it here."
  • Larry Brooks: Are there changes with relating to the players, "with this situation. It's an older team. A number of players have gone through the process. I have had to make adjustments with respecting where they are in their careers. When you lose your job, after every season, you reassess what went wrong and what went right. You are always trying to become a better coach and work on your weaknesses. I am trying to become a better coach."
  • Steve Zipay, On how things are going with the Canucks, "I am trying to instill how we want to play. We talk very little about xs and os. We just got through with 45 minutes of tape on a team concept. We are trying to instill how we want to play."
  • Andrew Gross: Has the group been receptive, "It's a good group. We have great leadership. Starting with the twins, it helps with having a group that is mature and want more. It's a good group of people."
  • Larry Brooks: Can your style win in the NHL? "Yes."
  • Have you spoken to Alain Vigneault, "no...I haven't"
  • "I don't know what Alain's systems were. I know he did a hell of a job. This was a very successful team. People are going to say that he will do this and Alain didn't do that. Alain is a very good coach and was very successful here.
  • Steve Zipay, What are the biggest differences between the East and the West: "the travel is insane compared to what is there. I am very fortunate to have Glen Gulutzan. He understands the teams in the West better. He is responsible to teach us what is going on in the West."
  • Andrew Gross: On Luongo and Hank: Hank was a pain in the ass when I first got there. That is what it took and that is what I loved about him. He is one of the best competitors I ever coach.ed. It was a process to learn that he has to take a step back if he wants to be the guy in the playoffs. Luongo is a tremendous pro and tremendous guy."
  • People want to see my take a negative tone with what Alain did. I like to change a few things. We need to continue to create offense off the rush and do some things. As I have said from the get go, we need to be a harder team in certain areas. That isn't fighting and banging, that is forechecking and playing under the hashmarks. Offense doesn't need to be pretty and needs to be created under the hashmarks. That is what we are working on, D pinching. I haven't asked too many questions on how they played last year. We are just teaching on how we want to play."
  • On the Vancouver PP, "I don't know how it was last year. I am really excited for our PP. We haven't had many power plays. I'm excited about where I think we can go."
  • On Alain Vigneault and the refs, "there won't be any disconnect. We will get along with the refs and the league."
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Glen Sather was asked, at a golf tournament in Edmonton, about John Tortorella and some of his antics with the media.

Sather said, "Torts is a character, there is no doubt, but he is really a solid guy with a lot of passion and fire for the game. Sometimes he gets a little carried away when a guys cell phone goes off or a guy asks him a dumb question. You just have to ignore those things when you are doing interviews. It gets to be trying after you do 3 or 4 a day and are asked the same question and two minutes later you get asked the same question again. You really need to have a recording."

He added, "I used to say to the players, guys ask me about stress and I said that I don't get stress, I give it. You need to have a sense of humor and can't take everything so seriously, try and answer it in the best way and steer them in another direction. I don't mind what I do, I enjoy it, I enjoy the challenge, the camaraderie of the players and try to keep everything on an even keel. I don't look at it as a job. It is sports by the way, it's fun."

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When he was announced as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, John Tortorella noted that leading up to his hiring he and Alain Vigneault were talking every other day about the strange situation of swapping jobs.

Since both men assumed their new positions the conversations have stopped. Tortorella told the Vancouver Sun that the two haven't spoken in a few months and that both men probably wanted to leave the other alone as they get used to their new teams.

When they did talk though, they discussed what each other could expect from their new teams.

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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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Back in May, on TSN Radio, Bob McKenzie made an interesting point about the Rangers and John Tortorella.

He wondered if the Rangers overachieved under Tortorella and if he "pushed and whipped them" to be even better than they were in getting to the conference? in getting to the conference finals in 2012 and the second round this year.

McKenzie? said that we will find out how much of the Rangers success was from Tortorella when the next coach comes in.

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  • Michael Kay is off but wanted to ask Torts if the Canucks would win the Stanley Cup, "Absolutely."
  • On being surprised about being fired, "I didn't think it was going to happen. You always think you are going to finish the job that you set forth. We played in five of eight playoff rounds the past two years and there always thinks we need to work on. There are always things that the GM is upset about, but I didn't think it would go that far, it did, you shake hands, move on and go about your business."
  • On why he was fired, "I didn't stick around and ask too many questions. When your boss says we have had enough of you, I say OK. I went back that night to grab the stuff out of my office and then you just move on. I don't have a bad word to say about the organization. I loved the people here, the players, but this is what you sign up for when you get into it."
  • On the relationship he had with Henrik Lundqvist, "really good. I heard that bounced around a little bit and Henrik voiced his opinion on it later on. Henrik and I, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, the first couple of years it was up and down. I demanded a lot from him, a lot of things that I felt were wrong with the team concept and I watched him grow. Of all the players I have coached, and as I said to him when it was all said and done, there is not a player who competes and prepares as hard as he does. Our relationship was really good at the end. I think he will say that too. People will say that he tried to run me outta here, but I don't believe it. Those are the things that you end up wondering about. No coach wants to hear a player say they want a coach out of here."
  • Issues with players and/or the system, "I don't know. No one said it to me. In those exit meetings, which are really dangerous and your emotions are raw, I walk a fine line with how I push athletes and how I am going to continue to push athletes. Some guys may be upset by it, some guys may use it as an excuse, some guys may not like it and they have a right to voice their opinion. No one said anything to me. It happens, but I gave everything I could to the team and I am proud of a lot of things that we accomplished.
  • On clashing with Glen Sather, "we clashed all the time, that is part of it. That isn't a bad thing. Glen and I had a lot of differences of opinion but we always talked them out. I said to him, I enjoyed working for him. I don't wish anything bad on him or the organization. I had a blast there, but you are going to have arguments and differences of opinion, that is the way it is. Glen makes the final call and if he doesn't think I'm the right guy, it's his cal land he made the call."
  • On Brad Richards, "I think Brad Richards is a hell of a hockey player and still can be. I am not going to explain some of the things I feel he needs to do to get back there, it's not my job anymore and I don't feel comfortable doing that. Brad and I had a very frank conversation at the end of the year and I still think there is a lot of hockey left in Brad Richards."
  • On Roberto Luongo, "he is a hell of a goalie. I am the new guy walking into that. It's a strange situation, but both players handled it very well. I did talk to Roberto after the trade, we had a great conversation and we will continue to talk. I am trying to piece together what has been said to him. Watching his career, he is a great pro and he is a really good goalie. I think he should look at it as a clean slate and he is our number one guy.
  • On the media, "I regret some of the things, but I am not going to apologize. I did what I did, I do what I do. I know, especially this year, some things got blown out of proportion that I allowed to, that I got into the middle of, basically that is all I am being talked about as. I think I put some players in a bad spot and I really regret that. Certainly up there, it's going to be intense, I need to make some? adjustments and try to cultivate a relationship. I am going to, it's worn me out, that is all I have talked about and I don't want to put the team into a bad spot. I didn't mean to put some players into a bad spot, but I did."
  • On being at the podium and how it's different, "when someone tells you that they don't want you here anymore, you reassess things and I do, I looked at how I went about things. I'm not apologizing, but I do need to reassesses. My emotion is a strength and also a weakness. I am not good after games. Win or lose it's very hard to sit ten minutes after a game and talk. I am already thinking of what we did well and what we need to do better. I'm not good at it"
  • On regrets, "you always want to do more, you want to win the Stanley Cup. But I am really happy, I thought we changed the culture with our young players, developing our kids, not always going out and signing free agents, for some reason, because I didn't play Chris Kreider, people don't think I played young kids. We played a ton of young kids and I hang my hat on that. I think they changed the whole landscape of what is going on. I am proud of that and that includes the staff and Glen. Sometimes they need someone else to finish the job and that is what happened here."
  • On the lockout hurting the team, "I think our training camp is unique in that it's physical conditioning but a lot of is mental conditioning. I was so nervous about us not having a camp during the lock out, and I am not begrudging any of the other camps because I am sure they are all good. I was concerned about it but it is no excuse. I am not going to say we were terrible, but I think we were one of the better teams at the end of the year. I think we get boxed in, because of the expectations, that we had an awful year. We were a six seed, won four of our last five games against Washington, we were one of the better teams in the last month. I liked what happened. The thing I would like to have back is to get a jump on that Boston series. Boston was a better team then us and if people don't think that they are crazy, because they were. I felt we could have gotten a jump on them if I had them better mentally prepared. Both teams in that first game, it was like they were playing an exhibition game. Both teams were coming off such a high. I said it on NBC and I think I got in trouble for it, they asked me what's this and I said I didn't know what it was because it was so laissez faire, it was just like an exhibition game and I believed we could have gotten some momentum if we were better prepared. I didn't do a good enough job."
  • "Boston is a good team. They are deep, they could role four lines. Losing Campbell hurt them. We were hoping that Rask, being untested, but look at what he did, he was really good. That is a team that plays both defensively and offensively and they are a complete team that deserved to go where they did."
  • Can he tell the Sedins apart, "no. I met one of them in person. I've been reading the media guide. I wont' be able to. They are great people."
  • On Alain Vigneault, "I've known Alain and I think he is a heck of a coach. He did a great job in Vancouver. They have won, they have been close, bu they haven't taken that final step. Alain and I have talked all through this and had some laughs about switching teams. He asked me a lot about New York and I didn't have a bad word to say. He said the same thing about Vancouver. The changes were made and we were very fortunate to get work when there are a lot of good people out there who don't get a sniff and they should. There are no complaints."
  • On the Yanks, "this is a little upside down for me. I know it's been a bit of a struggle." Torts then asked if Cashman threw some F-Bombs at him and had a good laugh. "That twitter, I can't even, I don't even want to go there."
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During his press conference today in Vancouver, John Tortorella was asked about what he considers to be a failure of his time in NY.

Tortorella said that he was proud of a lot that happened with the Rangers and that he was able to change the culture from a place of a free agent haven into a place that went with kids. He said that the kids were able to produce and that each year you could see the organization build.

He added, "the organization didn't want me to finish the job and every coach wants to finish the job.That is my failure."

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John Tortorella is doing a youtube chat with the Canucks website and was asked questions from both season ticket holders and twitter.

When asked if he wanted to return to coaching right away, Tortorella said that when you get fired you "you crawl into a hole...... I did and you reassess. I couldn't be more excited to be here."

On younger players, "that is one of the things I am most proud of in NY. We changed the culture there regarding signing free agents all the time, bringing all the players. We moved to youth, we moved to our farm team and bringing them in there. It's a must and you need to build from within. You look at Stepan and Hagelin and how they turned into big pieces and I am anxious for that to happen."

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From the Canucks Press Release:"We are proud to introduce John Tortorella as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks,? said Michael D. Gillis, President and General Manager, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. ?John has coached championship teams and is passionate about winning. He has a proven ability to bring the best out of his players and we believe he has all of the qualities to bring our team success.?

Tortorella will be introduced at 4PM

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In the Vancouver Sun, Brad Ziemer spoke with NY Post reporter Larry Brooks about his relationship with John Tortorella and Tortorella moving to Vancouver.

Brooks said that he and Tortorella have a much better relationship than the one that is portrayed on youtube and in the media and that the two came to an understanding a couple of years ago that they were both going to try and not provoke each other during press conferences and that if there was an issue they would take care of it behind closed doors.

Brooks said that 99% of the time his relationship with Tortorella was fine but there were instances where their volatile personalities clashed. He adds that he hopes Tortorella does well in Vancouver and "has peace there because there's no need to fight every day."

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In the NY Post, Glen Sather spoke with Larry Brooks about John Tortorella and his time with the Rangers and said he was not going to start "dumping on" Tortorella after he was fired.

Sather said that Tortorella brought a lot of good things to the organization when he first came aboard including discipline.

Sather said that he decided to make a change because he couldn't be positive that Tortorella would be able to take the Rangers to the next level, saying "there were things that happened along the way, things I picked up on that gave me a feel about the team."

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According to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, John Tortorella has been offered the head coaching position of the Vancouver Canucks and the two sides are close to a contract.

He notes, Torts will coach the Canucks.

Iain Macintyre tweets "Given Gillis' stated desire for offence and integration of young players, have to wonder if he or Aquilini is hiring Tortorella."

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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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In the Province, Jason Botchford writes that John Tortorella's interview with the Canucks last week went over extremely well and if he is hired it will be a swap of the Rangers and Canucks coaches from last season.

With realignment, the Rangers and Canucks will play two games, one in New York and one in Vancouver.

Botchford writes that whatever move GM Mike Gillis makes, it will be unpopular with the fans in Vancouver and there is a reported "dread" about the impact Tortorella and his dealings with the media would have.

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John Tortorella spent yesterday in Vancouver speaking with Canucks GM Mike Gillis about their vacant head coaching job.

Bob McKenzie said on TSN Radio, "I wouldn't rule it out but I don't think it's a primary consideration. I think Mike Gillis would need to get his head around having that personality dealing with the Vancouver media. It would be kind of fun for us, it would be like walking around a pool of gasoline with an open flame. I get the sense that they are doing their due diligence with every potential candidate out there."

He adds, "I think Vancouver is waiting to see what happens with Dave Tippett, if he becomes a free agent then he becomes a primary consideration for Vancouver."

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4:59PM: Strang notes at ESPN NY that Tortorella has two years left on his Rangers contract, via the extension he signed during the season, and that the Stars have not yet asked for permission from the Rangers to speak with him.

4:11PM: Katie Strang notes that Tortorella is in fact in Vancouver today and meeting with the Canucks.

12:25PM: According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, the Vancouver Canucks have been having conversations with former Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

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9:16AM: Tim Cowlishaw, in the Dallas Morning News, writes that John Tortorella could be a good fit in Dallas.

(6/11/13) 7:19AM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that while the market and roster appear to be a fit for John Tortorella, it is unlikely that he will be a match with Jim Nill, the Dallas GM.

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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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