In the midst of a late-season tailspin and with the strong possibility of his team missing the playoffs, Rangers head coach Tom Renney was dismissed today after more five years behind the bench.
No replacement was immediately named.
Ending weeks of media speculation, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather cut the cord today. A team spokesman said assistant coach Perry Pearn also was fired. Mike Pelino and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire remain.
Already there are rumors circulating about who the replacement for Renney will be. The front runners are ex-Tampa coach John Tortorella and Rangers Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld. As of 2:15pm it appears that Tororella is the favorite and according to Bob McKenize of TSN:
the New York Rangers and John Tortorella have an agreement in place that would make him the next head coach of the NHL team, but that the Tampa Bay Lightning have not yet been contacted for permission.
All 4 teams that started the season in Europe (Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Tampa & now the Rangers) have fired their coach