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2123805 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-05-29 08:30:00.0 UTC 2013-05-29T04:30:00.000-04:00 former-lightning-coach-tortorella-fired-by-rangers published 2013-05-30 04:10:43.0 UTC 2013-05-30T00:10:43.000-04:00 sports/hockey/lightning DTI 107592664 NEW YORK — John Tortorella was defiant earlier in the week, stating that the Rangers didn't take a step back when they were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round. General manager Glen Sather thought otherwise and fired the combative coach on Wednesday. Tortorella was let go four days after the Rangers' season ended with a Game 5 loss to the Bruins. "I came up with the decision that I really needed to do something to improve our team going forward," Sather said. "Every coach has a shelf life. I've told every guy that I've hired that at some point in time this is going to change. Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup and we didn't achieve that goal this year. I had to make a decision, so I did." Sather didn't name a replacement but hopes to have a new coach by the June 30 NHL draft. Tortorella, 54, was dismissed with one year left on his contract. In 319 regular-season games with New York, including a four-game run at the end of the 1999-2000 season, he went 171-118-1-29. Since his first game with the Rangers (Feb. 25, 2009), Tortorella's club had the fourth-best record in the East (.589). But he was 19-25 in the postseason, reaching the playoffs in four of five seasons. Tortorella, hired to replace Tom Renney, achieved success with the Rangers but couldn't match the Cup title he earned in 2004 with the Lightning before being let go after the 2007-08 season. On Monday, Tortorella said his club wasn't emotionally ready to take on Boston after getting past Washington. "I don't think our mind-set was ready to play another series and to the level you need to be at," he said. "It didn't have a playoff atmosphere." Times wires Sports, Hockey, Lightning Former Lightning coach Tortorella fired by Rangers JHIATTN 4STC Sports 2 Star Rangers' shortfall costs Tortorella 7 sp_tortorella053013 Rangers' shortfall costs Tortorella 2013-05-30 04:00:00.0 UTC 2013-05-30T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/05/29/107592664-former-lightning-coach-tortorella-fired-by-rangers StaffArticle sports,hockeyHockeyNEW YORK — John Tortorella was defiant earlier in the week, stating that the Rangers didn't take a step back when they were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round. General manager Glen Sather thought otherwise and fired the combative coach on Wednesday.Sports, Hockey, LightningSports, Hockey, Lightning<span style="display:none;" class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times wires 2280619 2016-06-07 18:46:31.0 UTC 3 Months Ago lightning-hires-todd-richards-as-assistant-coach sports/hockey/lightning Lightning hires Todd Richards as assistant coach StaffArticle 2284492 2016-07-07 15:24:27.0 UTC 2 Months Ago new-syracuse-coach-benoit-groulx-fits-in-with-lightning sports/hockey/lightning New Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx fits in with Lightning StaffArticle 2283219 2016-06-27 00:51:25.0 UTC 2 Months Ago former-lightning-captain-dave-andreychuk-up-for-hall-of-fame-again sports/hockey/lightning Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk up for Hall of Fame again StaffArticle <p>NEW YORK — John Tortorella was defiant earlier in the week, stating that the Rangers didn't take a step back when they were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round. General manager Glen Sather thought otherwise and fired the combative coach on Wednesday. </p> <p>Tortorella was let go four days after the Rangers' season ended with a Game 5 loss to the Bruins.</p> <p>&quot;I came up with the decision that I really needed to do something to improve our team going forward,&quot; Sather said. &quot;Every coach has a shelf life. I've told every guy that I've hired that at some point in time this is going to change. Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup and we didn't achieve that goal this year. I had to make a decision, so I did.&quot; </p> <p>Sather didn't name a replacement but hopes to have a new coach by the June 30 NHL draft. </p> <p>Tortorella, 54, was dismissed with one year left on his contract. In 319 regular-season games with New York, including a four-game run at the end of the 1999-2000 season, he went 171-118-1-29. Since his first game with the Rangers (Feb. 25, 2009), Tortorella's club had the fourth-best record in the East (.589). But he was 19-25 in the postseason, reaching the playoffs in four of five seasons.</p> <p>Tortorella, hired to replace Tom Renney, achieved success with the Rangers but couldn't match the Cup title he earned in 2004 with the Lightning before being let go after the 2007-08 season.</p> <p>On Monday, Tortorella said his club wasn't emotionally ready to take on Boston after getting past Washington. &quot;I don't think our mind-set was ready to play another series and to the level you need to be at,&quot; he said. &quot;It didn't have a playoff atmosphere.&quot;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:58:29