The Vancouver Canucks will introduce John Tortorella as their new head coach at a press conference today. Tortorella replaces Alain Vignealt (who was fired last month) as the new bench boss and will bank $2M a year during his 5 year contract with the Canucks organization.
It’s nothing short of obvious that the Canucks needed a style of leadership. AV knew what he was doing (the best Coach in the organizations history) but his style was a little too passive. Tortorella on the other side is anything but. Here’s a preview of what you can expect from him:
The 55-year-old was fired by the New York Rangers on May 29, just four days after the team was eliminated from the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Boston Bruins in five games. Tortorella guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first and only Stanley Cup championship in 2004, defeating the Calgary Flames in seven games.
During his NHL coaching career, Tortorella is 410-330-67 along with 37 ties.