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Canucks set to introduce Tortorella as new coach

Monday - 6/24/2013, 6:31pm  ET

Former New York Rangers hockey coach John Tortorella, center, walks out a side door to a waiting vehicle after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, on Friday June 21, 2013.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their new head coach on Tuesday.

Tortorella, the recently fired coach of the New York Rangers, arrived in Vancouver on Friday amid reports he was the choice to replace the fired Alain Vigneault.

If all goes as expected, Tortorella and Vigneault will end up trading teams. Vigneault was hired last week as Tortorella's replacement with the Rangers.

Vigneault, the Canucks' leader in career coaching wins, was fired in May after Vancouver was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Tortorella led New York to a 26-18-4 record and sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by conference champion Boston after beating Washington in the first round.


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