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ESPN: Canucks to Fire Head Coach John Tortorella

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After just one season at the helm, ESPN reports that the Vancouver Canucks will fire head coach John Tortorella.

Totorella just finished the first season of a five-year deal after spending the previous five seasons with the New York Rangers.

He replaced the fired Alain Vigneault who wound up replacing Tortorella in New York.

While Tortorella couldn't make the playoffs in his lone season in Vancouver, Vigneault and the Rangers are preparing to face the Pittsburgh Pengins in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Canucks had already fired president and general manager Mike Gillis on April 8.

Since making the Stanley Cup finals in 2011, the Canucks have been in steady decline before Tortorella even joined the team.

Tortorella has coached 13 seasons in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rangers, and Canucks. He won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning back in 2004.

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