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May 29, 2013 | 1:07pm ET
Rangers fire head coach Tortorella
TheFourthPeriod.com

The New York Rangers have fired head coach John Tortorella, a few days after the Rangers lost their second-round playoff series to the Boston Bruins in five games.

It was initially believed that Tortorella might play out the remainder of his contract -- he had one-year left on his deal -- but the Rangers decided to make the move now.

Under Tortorella's guidance, the Rangers posted their second most wins all-time in a single season with 51, and tied for second in franchise history with 109 points in 2011-12.

Tortorella, the 34th head coach in franchise history, became the 30th coach in NHL history to coach 800 games on Mar. 27, 2012, at Minnesota (3-2 win), and won his 100th game as Rangers Head Coach with a 5-3 win on Nov. 5, 2011, against Montreal.

On Mar. 26, 2013, Tortorella became the 30th head coach in league history to register his 400th NHL coaching victory, with a 5-2 win at Philadelphia.

Prior to returning to the Rangers, Tortorella served as Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for seven seasons. Under his guidance, Tampa Bay compiled a 239-222-36-38 record in 535 games. He led the Lightning to four consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, including two Southeast Division Championships in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

In 2003-04, Tortorella guided Tampa Bay to a franchise record 46 wins and 106 points, and went on to capture the only Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHLís top coach following that season.

Tortorella joined Tampa Bay following a one-year stint with the Rangers in 1999-2000 where he was an Assistant Coach and served as Head Coach for the final four games of the season.

Prior to joining the Rangers, he spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. He joined Phoenix during the 1997-98 season, after spending the previous eight seasons with the Buffalo Sabres organization.


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