The New York Rangers Fire Tom Renney; John Tortorella Named Head Coach

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2009

Rangers' GM Glen Sather has finally fired head coach Tom Renney after more than five years behind the bench, as well as assistant Perry Pearn. The Rangers lost 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday in overtime.

The Blue Shirts have been slumping recently, going 2-5-3 in the past ten games. New York's offense has been sputtering throughout the year, and Renney's firing has only been delayed by their terrific 10-2-1 start. The Rangers' offense is ranked 29th in the league, only in front of the dismal Predators with a 2.28 GFA.

In their past six games, they Rangers have not scored more than three goals in a game under Renney's defensive system. The players were lacking desperation and conviction in their play.

No immediate replacement has been named yet, but Nick Kypreos is suggesting that John Tortorella would be a good fit in the Big Apple. It could also be former Devils head coach Jim Schoenfeld, who works in the Rangers' front office.

Glen Sather will be available on a conference call late this afternoon.

More to come as the information comes out.

Edit: According to various sources, former Tampa coach and current TSN commentator John Tortorella has reached a multi-year agreement to succeed Tom Renney as head coach of the Rangers. The Lightning wants compensation for Torts' hiring and the league is helping with the final deal.