Rangers Fire Renney, Tortorella May Step In

The Tom Renney watch has ended, as general manager Glen Sather let go the Blueshirts embattled coach today, along with assistant Perry Pearn.

No word as of yet, who step in behind the bench, but according to multiple sources it will probably be former Tampa coach John Tortorella, with Sather trying to hammer out a deal as we speak. Newsday reports, one veteran in the locker room saying the new coach “will be a hard-ass” which will fit Tortorella’s profile and the Journal News said that Lundqvist said the team will meet the new coach tomorrow, meaning it will be someone not under contract with the Rangers right now.

According to published reports, the general manager Glen Sather decided to pull the plug this morned around 12 p.m. Renney addressed the team, and then Sather.

Renney leaves the team after five years behind the bench with a 164-121-42 record. An very organized coach, he was widely regarded as the man who turned around the franchise, by making the playoffs for the last three season. But after veterans Jaromir Jagr, and Brandan Shanahan left the club, the Blueshirts seemed directionless this season and had trouble scoring on special teams situations.

And then after going 2-7-3 in the last 11 games and falling out of the race in the East, Sather pulled the plug on Renney.

Sather will be speaking later on a conference call.

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