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A Farewell to Tortorella
The Blueshirts say goodbye after five seasons

Tortorella pays the first price after an underachieving Rangers campaign

Tortorella pays the first price after an underachieving Rangers campaign

John Tortorella has led his team to the fourth best regular season record in the Eastern Conference over the last five years. Only Pittsburgh, Boston and Washington have had better records over that span.

Unfortunately for Mr. Tortorella, the phrase “what have you done for me lately” rings even more loudly in the cathedral of Madison Square Garden than almost any other arena in hockey. For the Rangers, what started as fan-chatter in February evolved into genuine worry in March, and playoff-panic through April eventually reached a boiling point in May following a series of disappointing Ranger performances throughout the 2013 NHL post-season.

No one can deny that Torts has led the Rangers to regular season success in New York, but with both the Bruins and Pens winning the Stanley Cup over that span, Ranger fans have clamored for something more.

John Tortorella leaves New York with a record of 171-115-29 in the regular season, but a record of only 19-25 in the postseason. Last year, (their most successful during his regime) the Rangers finished first in the conference and won two post-season series, but only boasted a post-season record of .500 (10-10).

The Rangers went 26-18-4 this season and finished 6th in the Eastern Conference. He also exercised some of the post-season demons he’s had by eliminating the Washington Capitals from the playoffs for the second season in a row.


-Will Wagner


*Photo credit goes to usatoday.com

Posted by Will Wagner | May 29, 2013 at 01:57 pm

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