NHL Notes: Canucks officially hire Tortorella

NHL Notes: Canucks officially hire Tortorella
June 25, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The Flyers announced Tuesday in a statement that they will buy out Ilya Bryzgalov's remaining contract (see story).

Now, here's some more news from around the NHL:

Canucks officially hire John Tortorella
VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks hired John Tortorella to be their new coach on Tuesday.

Tortorella was recently fired by the New York Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in five games.

The 55-year-old Tortorella replaces former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who took over as the Rangers coach last week.

Tortorella has been an NHL coach since 2001. He led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup championship in 2004.

As coach of the Rangers the past five seasons, Tortorella led New York to the playoffs three times.

"John has coached championship teams and is passionate about winning," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. "He has a proven ability to bring the best out of his players and we believe he has all of the qualities to bring our team success."

Tortorella will be introduced at a news conference later Tuesday (see full story)

-The Associated Press

Report: Oilers make offer to Sam Gagner

According to TSN (Via ProHockey Talk), the Edmonton Oilers have offered a multi-year contract extension to their 23-year-old center Sam Gagner.

Gagner is a restricted free agent this offseason after tallying 38 points for Edmonton, scoring 14 goals in 48 games.

While contract extensions involving Gagner as well as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins seem likely, it will come at an expense for two of their teammates. General manager Craig MacTarvish said the team is trying to move captain Shawn Horcoff and forward Ales Hemsky.

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