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Rangers and Canucks on their way to swapping coaches?

Jun 15, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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It wouldn’t count as an actual trade, but it sure might feel like it.

With former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault on the verge of inking a deal with the New York Rangers, it’s still possible that John Tortorella lands the vacant coaching position in Vancouver.

The Canucks fired Vigneault after getting swept out of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers fired the often outspoken Tortorella after New York was eliminated in the second round.

Tortorella was in Vancouver this past week for an interview, and remains a contender for the position.

Tortorella is also a polarizing individual in terms of coaching style – on and off the ice – and the prospect that he could be hired in Vancouver appropriately falls along those lines.

Here’s a snippet of what Jason Botchford of The Province newspaper wrote about this still ongoing saga. Read the full version.

Many have theorized the Tortorella off-ice factor is about the last thing the Canucks need after a season when they jumped lily pads from one crisis to another.

But the one thing Gillis is never going to accomplish with his coaching hire is winning over public opinion.


  1. canucks30 - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    John Stevens

  2. sportsfan69 - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Good bye! Don’t come back.

  3. hieronymous27 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Torts coaching the Sudin Sisters? There will be high drama in Vancouver if this comes to pass.

  4. interiorfan - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Who are the Sudin sisters???? Next time, drag your knuckles to a reference book and check out the spelling.

  5. blugold94 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    This is what happens when you change for changes’ sake. Yes, there were reasons for VAN to move on from Vigneault (two straight playoff disappointments) but then you look at the names being talked about to replace him. Are any really a step up for the franchise? Do any of those say “wow, VAN will be back in the Cup Final a year from now?”

    The Rangers will have a better chance to win with their coaching change. I don’t see that happening in VAN, no matter which of the names being talked about they end up choosing. The GM is talking about less skill being the type of game to win…..he’ll probably try to remake the team in a way he “thinks” will lead to greater playoff success and that will probably work as well as it did in WSH a few years back….from great regular season success and less playoff success to less regular season success and no better results in the playoffs……I see this franchise going downhill in the next few years.

  6. 950003cups - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    NYC or Vancouver. I’ll still wait up to see that constipated look in his face after the media stills him after a loss.

  7. bethgoesglobal - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    The idea of sending Torts to Vancouver is beyond ridiculous! I can’t think of a worse coach in the NHL to go to the Canucks. Dumb is way too gentle a word to describe such an idiotic move that would be.

    I can’t say who I would go with considering who’s available but Boucher could be a good match. This will be a good story to follow through this summer and next season as we see how the team reacts to their new coach; whoever he may be.

    If there is one thing that we’ve been able to count on in the summer it’s drama from the ‘Nucks. Thanks for keeping the off-season interesting.

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