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NHL roundup: Rangers fire Tortorella

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John Tortorella is out as coach of the New York Rangers.

Less than a week after the Rangers were eliminated from the NHL playoffs, Tortorella was let go after 4 1/2 seasons on the job. The team announced Wednesday via its Twitter feed that Tortorella was "relieved of his coaching duties."

The 54-year-old Tortorella, who guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004, finished his New York stint with a 171-105-29 record and a 19-25 mark in the postseason, leading the team to playoffs four times. The Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference finals last season before bowing out against the New Jersey Devils.

Tortorella's gruff style apparently grated on some of the players, including veteran Brad Richards, who was made a healthy scratch in the series against the Bruins and wasn't happy about it. The Rangers also had trouble generating offense throughout the season.

---The Vancouver Canucks signed winger Tom Sestito to a two-year contract extension, the club announced Wednesday.

Sestito, 25, had one goal and 53 penalty minutes in 23 regular-season games for the Canucks after he was claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers in March.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. According to reports, Sestito's 2012-13 NHL contract was worth $605,000.

---New Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has wasted little time hiring a new assistant coach.

The Denver Post reported the Avalanche has reached a tentative agreement to bring Andre Tourigny to Colorado as an assistant to Roy.

Since 2003-2004, Tourigny has coached the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and each one of his teams made the playoffs.

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