Yesterday it was reported that the Dallas Stars are interested in former New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella. It turns out they might have some competition.
The Vancouver Canucks are talking to Tortorella and he’s regarded as a strong candidate to be the team’s next bench boss, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.
Tortorella would bring with him a no-nonsense approach and an emphasis on gritty, body-sacrificing play to a team that ranked near the bottom of the league in hits and blocked shots this season.
Of course, he’s also known for his signature way of handling the media. Imagine the quotes that this year’s goaltending controversy between Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo might have produced…
Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup championship in 2004 and took the New York Rangers to the Eastern Conference finals in 2012. Meanwhile, the Canucks have excelled in the regular season over the last two campaigns, but have promptly collapsed in the playoffs.
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It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.