Report: John Tortorella talking with Canucks

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

John Tortorella is reportedly talking with the Vancouver Canucks. (USATSI)
John Tortorella is reportedly talking with the Vancouver Canucks. (USATSI)

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Would former New York Rangers coach John Tortorella be a good fit behind the Vancouver Canucks bench?

It's something that at least appears to be a possibility as the two sides are reportedly talking, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, who adds that Tortorella is a strong candidate to replace the recently fired Alain Vigneault.

Tortorella was fired by the Rangers following their second-round playoff exit at the hands of the Boston Bruins, ending his four-plus seasons with the team.

The Canucks parted ways with Vigneault after they were swept in the first round by the San Jose Sharks for their second straight first-round exit, winning just one postseason game (when they were already down 3-0 to the Kings last season) over the past two years.

If nothing else it would be interesting to see what Tortorella would do with the Canucks roster. If he came in with the same approach he had with the Rangers (defensive, very passive offensively, an emphasis on blocking shots) how well would that really work with a team anchored by Henrik and Daniel Sedin?

Tortorella is also reportedly a target of the Dallas Stars regarding their opening.

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