Four days after their final defeat, the Rangers decided to part way with coach, John Tortorella. The fiery Tortorella led the Rangers to the second round of the playoffs before losing in five games to Boston. Given the high expectations, some may consider this season a failure. The Rangers entered this lockout shortened season as Stanley Cup favorite, but failed to match last year’s success.
Rangers’ president and general manager, Glen Sather, hosted a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. Sather indicated that Tortorella was ‘shocked’ by Sather’s decision to move on from his fiery head coach.
Tortorella’s brash coaching style probably led to his dismissal. Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist told reporters ‘We’ll see’ when asked about his looming contract extension. Lundqvist indicated that the Rangers underachieved on both offense and defense. In fact, the Rangers power play was downright embarrassing, netting just four goals in 44 odd-man advantages during the playoffs.
The Rangers will begin their search for a new coach, but the playoffs will go on. In fact, most sports betting sites for US players indicate that Pittsburgh remains the Stanley Cup favorite. While the remaining four teams will battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup, the Rangers will attempt to fix the issues that gave way to their early playoff exit.