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Vancouver Canucks fire John Tortorella

John Tortorella is out as Vancouver's head coach after one season.
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John Tortorella has a combustible personality. He tends to wear out his welcome after a time. Well, he's set a new personal best, or worst I suppose, as the Vancouver Canucks have fired him after one season.

Well, that was abrupt. The New York Rangers fired John Tortorella after several seasons last year, and the Canucks scooped him up. Then, the Canucks missed the playoffs for the first time in a while, they fired their General Manager Mike Gillis, and now they have booted Tortorella as well. I guess the new front office, led currently by Trevor Linden, wanted their own guy.

Truth be told, unless they get Barry Trotz, they probably won't get somebody better. Then again, Tortorella is a handful to deal with, and it came to a head this year when he got suspended for 15 days because he tried to burst into the Calgary Flames locker room. Like I said, he's combustible. That's why a dude with a Stanley Cup ring can't hold on to a job.

I wouldn't be surprised if Tortorella got a new job this offseason, but I also wouldn't be surprised if nobody wanted to take a risk on him. Meanwhile, Vancouver's old coach, Alain Vigneault, is currently behind the Rangers' bench in the second round of the playoffs. Chalk one up for him.