Ranking the Most Likely Causes for John Tortorella's 1st Blow Up in Vancouver

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Ranking the Most Likely Causes for John Tortorella's 1st Blow Up in Vancouver
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When the New York Rangers fired John Tortorella after the team lost its conference semifinal series to the Boston Bruins in five games, it seemed the move was a long time in coming.

Tortorella's Rangers had been the favorites in the Eastern Conference each of his last two seasons, but they were playoff disappointments. 

The Rangers fired him, and it seemed that he might have to take a year or two off before he got hired again. However, the Vancouver Canucks came calling.

Owner Francesco Aquilini thought his team needed a hard-nosed butt kicker behind the bench, and the Canucks hired Tortorella.

While Tortorella was introspective after his firing in New York, it seems certain that the Canucks will have the same nasty, aggressive egomaniac behind their bench that the Rangers had behind theirs.

Tortorella, of course, has a temper. He may keep that temper hidden for a week or a month, but at some point he will come out firing. 

There are many potential targets, including his players, the officials, opponents and the media. In this piece, we rank who is most likely to be the subject of Tortorella's wrath first.

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