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NHL roundup: Canucks offer Tortorella head coaching job

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The Vancouver Canucks offered their head coaching job to John Tortorella on Friday and the two sides are close to a deal, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

John Tortorella was fired as the New York Rangers coach after they were eliminated from the playoffs.

The Canucks recently fired Alain Vigneault, who took the Rangers job.

The Canucks are the only NHL team without a coach.

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---The Dallas Stars announced that they hired Lindy Ruff as their new head coach.

Ruff replaces Glen Gulutzan, who was fired after the regular season. Ruff was a longtime coach for the Buffalo Sabres.

Ruff was fired earlier this season after coaching the Buffalo Sabres for 15 seasons.

He was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL at the time.

---The New York Rangers formally introduced Alain Vigneault as their new coach at Radio City Music Hall.

Vigneault is the Rangers 35th head coach in their 87-year history.

Vigneault agreed to five-year, $10 million contract.

Rangers president Glen Sather said there were initially 13 candidates for the job, but only Vigneault and Mark Messier were interviewed in person.

Vigneault replaces Tortorella, who was fired after five seasons.

---Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett agreed to a long-term contract extension, the team announced. A press conference is scheduled for Monday.

Tippett said in a statement that he is "thrilled to stay with the Coyotes."

The teams still has not settled its ownership issue, which has concerned Tippett. The NHL bought the team in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 2009 and has yet to find a new owner.

---Flooding in Calgary that has resulted in evacuations has caused damage to Scotiabank Saddledome, the home of the Calgary Flames.

The flooding has affected the first 10 rows of the arena damaged the locker rooms. It has also destroyed all the equipment in the jumbotron room, according to the Calgary Sun.

The Sun wrote on Twitter that the Flames are preparing to announce plans to build a new arena.

---This year's Stanley Cup finals are the most-watched through four games since at least 1994, according to the Nielsen Company.

The best-of-seven series, telecast on NBC, is averaging 5.356 million viewers.

The Chicago Blackhawks' 6-5 overtime victory over the host Boston Bruins in Game 4 on Wednesday averaged 6.459 million viewers. That is the most of any Stanley Cup finals Game 4 since the introduction of People Meters in 1987.
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