Tortorella named Canucks coach

Tortorella named Canucks coach
June 25, 2013, 1:00 pm
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John Tortorella didn't stay unemployed for long.

After being fired by the Rangers in May, he was announced as the next head coach of the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. He will be formally introduced as Canucks coach at a press conference at 1 p.m. PDT.

"This is an adventure and it’s an honour and a privilege and I couldn’t be happier as far as where I’m at at this stage of my career and to have an opportunity to do this in the province of BC with all the people that are glued into this team," Tortorella told the Canucks' website. "It’ll be a tremendous challenge, but I couldn’t be happier.”

In essence, the Rangers and Canucks swapped coaches. Vancouver fired head coach Alain Vigneault in May after the Canucks failed to advance past the Western Conference quarterfinals for the second straight season. He was recently hired by the Rangers.

Tortorella led the Rangers to the Eastern Conference semifinals, but ultimately lost to the Bruins in five games. Vancouver GM Mike Gillis was optimistic with Tortorella at the helm.

"I’m confident that this change will make an immediate and significant impact on the team," Gillis said in a letter to ticketholders.