New York Rangers: 5 Reasons John Tortorella's Coaching Has Not Gone Stale

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New York Rangers: 5 Reasons John Tortorella's Coaching Has Not Gone Stale
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New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella was selected to appear as a coach in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.

When John Tortorella took over the reins as head coach for the New York Rangers on February 23th, 2009, the Rangers lacked identity in the post-lockout world of hockey.

They had streaks of promise, and great leaders on the ice such as Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Markus Naslund. But the notoriously soft-spoken Tom Renney, former Rangers head coach, was ineffective by 2009, and Rangers General Manager Glen Sather looked outside of the organization for change.

The answer: John Tortorella, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2001-2008, who took the Lightning from mediocrity to Stanley Cup Champions.

Now in his fourth season coaching the Rangers, Tortorella has become an extremely effective head coach for the team. And there's been no shortage of success with Tortorella at the helm, with the Rangers currently second in the NHL with 79 points as of February 14th.

Let's take a look at five reasons why Tortorella's coaching style has not gone stale.

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