John Tortorella is set to be introduced as coach of the Vancouver Canucks today after spending the past 4 1/2 years with the New York Rangers and guiding the team to the playoffs the past three seasons.
Tortorella will replace Alain Vigneault, who took the Rangers’ vacancy after being fired by the Canucks, ESPN has reported, citing people familiar with the situation.
The Canucks, who went 26-15-7 this season before getting swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs, have scheduled a news conference for later today.
Tortorella, who turned 55 yesterday, has won 410 games over parts of 13 seasons as an NHL coach and captured a Stanley Cup title with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2003-04 campaign.
Vigneault, 52, had a 313-170-57 record in Vancouver and the team won the Northwest Division each of the last five seasons, though 2012-13 was a step back for a franchise that has become one of the NHL’s regular Stanley Cup contenders. The Canucks were 19th among the league’s 30 teams in goals per game, and ranked in the bottom 10 in power-play percentage and faceoff percentage. They’ve also lost 10 of their last 11 playoff games.