BOSTON – The Vancouver Canucks will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, where Rangers fans should expect to see a familiar face.
The Canucks reportedly will introduce John Tortorella as their new head coach, 27 days after his firing in New York and just four days after the Blueshirts officially presented ex-Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault as Tortorella’s successor.
Tortorella, who turned 55 on Monday, won the 2004 Stanley Cup as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has not spoken publicly about his May 29 firing from the Rangers following three-plus seasons behind their bench, a run that included a trip to the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. So he has not addressed the fact that “multiple players,” including some “top guys,” wanted Tortorella out, as the Daily News reported in May.
Regardless of whether Tortorella addresses his New York firing or not, the NHL already would seem to have an ideal season-opening scheduling possibility: to send the Rangers – who must travel early due to Garden renovations – northwest to this scenic British Columbia hockey hotbed.
And let the cameras roll.