John Tortorella Fired: Ranking Best Candidates to Coach New York Rangers

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John Tortorella Fired: Ranking Best Candidates to Coach New York Rangers
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The New York Rangers have started the process of improving their team for the 2013-14 NHL season, and one of the first steps will be to find a new head coach.

ESPN's Katie Strang first reported on Wednesday that the Rangers had fired bench boss John Tortorella, which was confirmed by the team's Twitter account shortly after.

During a conference call on Wednesday, Rangers general manager Glen Sather said he hopes to find a coach in time for next month's NHL entry draft, per Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger.

Tortorella helped the Rangers make the playoffs in four of his five seasons behind the bench, but his postseason record with the New York club was only 19-25, which included just one appearance in the Eastern Conference Final.

The 2013 lockout-shortened season was a disappointing one for the Blueshirts, who finished sixth in the East standings after coming into the year as the favorites by many to reach the Stanley Cup Final. When the Rangers were soundly beaten by the Boston Bruins in five games during the conference semifinals, it was evident that a coaching change might be necessary for this team to make the finals.

Let's take a look at five candidates that the Rangers should consider when conducting their search for a new head coach.

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