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Report: Dallas interested in Tortorella for coaching gig

Jun 10, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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Texas Torts?

Maybe, just maybe.

The Dallas Stars are reportedly showing interest in John Tortorella for their vacant head coaching position, according to a source of ESPN New York.

Tortorella, 54, was fired by the Rangers two weeks ago after a second-round playoff exit to Boston.

There’s not much linking Tortorella to the Stars franchise. He’s coached almost exclusively in the Eastern Conference over his 23-year NHL career — save a brief two-season stop with the Phoenix Coyotes in the late ’90s — and doesn’t appear to have much of a past working relationship with any of the Stars brass.

That said, new Dallas GM Jim Nill promised an exhaustive, thorough search to find his next head coach, so kicking the tires on Tortorella could simply be part of the process.

Tortorella is still being paid by the Rangers — he signed a contract extension during the ’13 regular season — so it’s expected that New York won’t stand in his way should he want to pursue a new job.

  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    LOL why?

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Rangers buyout Richards and he re-signs with Dallas to be with his best friend John Tortorella

      It’s the “Torts and Richards Show: Part 3”

  2. ludacrish05 - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Hahahahahahha April fools?

  3. amityvillefun - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I like Torts just for his comment he made about the Penguins “stars.”

    “They’ll find something to whine about, won’t they? Them and their two &^%#ing stars over there.”

    Yes. They will. All. Summer. Long.

    Never look past the Bruins. Don’t poke the freakin’ bear! You won the Iginla sweepstakes Pittsburgh, but Boston won the war!

    Enjoy the finals. From the stands.

    As for Torts, well, the guy probably could coach again, but his “act” has kind of grown stale… Being rude gets old quick.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Says the guy who keeps whining about the media doing their job.

  4. Habib Marwan - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    if there’s been no contact between the two parties involved… then why even post this article?

  5. kingbuccaneer - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    You’ll always be a legend here in the Bay, Torts!

  6. stakex - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    To be honest, I’m not really sure why so mean people hate Torts just because the guy didn’t like talking to the media. So he was a dick to some reporters, and wasn’t the easiest coach to play for… he still got the Rangers to the ECF last year, and won a Cup with Tampa. The guy can coach, and knows how to win despite his disdain for the media.

    His only true problem is that he is a no BS coach who holds his players accountable. That actually shouldn’t be a problem, but most modern day super stars don’t like that. They would rather a coach who pats them on the back and tells them how great they are, even if they are playing terrible. Todays NHL players are a bunch of self righteous spoiled brats… so Tort’s style wears thin on a team after a couple years.

    Still though, for a team like Dallas that hasn’t had much success of late he would be a good choice. I’d favor them to make the playoffs next year with Torts behind the bench.

  7. adge84 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I agree he’s a good coach after a while though players get sick of his attitude. The first two, three years however he gets everything out of his team and usually shows some success. He needs to go somewhere with a young group of players who are willing to listen.

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