NY Rangers fire coach John Tortorella


The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his duties, four days after the team was eliminated in five games by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tortorella replaced Tom Renney as the franchise’s 34th head coach in 2009.  He has a 171-118-1-29 all-time coaching record with the Blueshirts.

Torterella is the Rangers fourth winningest coach and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award after leading the team to a 109-point regular season in 2011-12.

The Rangers were a sixth place seed in the Eastern Conference this season after a 26-18-4 lockout-abbreviated year.  It was the fourth time in five years under Tortorella the Rangers earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Torterella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup, coached 44 playoff games with the Rangers, and earned 410 victories as a head coach in the National Hockey League.  In 854 games he was 410-340-37-67.

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