The New York Rangers have confirmed reports out of New York they have fired head coach John Tortorella.

Rangers fire coach John Tortorella.

Rangers fire coach John Tortorella.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hands up, everyone surprised by this move? Honestly, the writing’s been on the wall for “Torts” throughout this season. His caustic style was wearing thin, and scoring stars like Rick Nash, Brad Richards and the now-departed Marian Gaborik struggled under his demanding defensive system.

The last straw may have been comments by superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist following the Rangers second-round elimination by the Boston Bruins, calling this season a step backward, and his non-committal approach toward re-signing after next season.  

With no shortage of experienced NHL coaches looking for work, the Rangers shouldn’t have much difficulty finding someone who can improve their offense without jeopardizing their defensive play.