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NHL roundup: Canucks oust Tortorella

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 01 2014 06:43:46 PM CDT
Updated On: May 01 2014 06:43:47 PM CDT

The Vancouver Canucks fired coach John Tortorella after just one season, the team announced Thursday.

Assistant coach Mike Sullivan will also relieved of his coaching duties.

The Canucks finished 36-35-11 this season under Tortorella, who took over for current New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. The move comes less than a month after former president and general manager Mike Gillis was fired and replaced by Linden, the former Canucks forward.

The fiery Tortorella, fired by the New York Rangers at the end of last season, had a tumultuous season in Vancouver, highlighted by being suspended 15 days after trying to enter the Calgary Flames' dressing room to fight the coaching staff on Jan. 18.

---Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers are the finalists for the 2013-14 Hart Memorial Trophy.

The Hart Trophy is the NHL's most valuable player award.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Hart Memorial Trophy and will announce the winner June 24.

---Defenseman Tom Poti called it a career on Thursday after 14 seasons in the NHL.

Poti played the final five years with the Washington Capitals. The 37-year-old skated in 824 regular-season games for the Capitals, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers. He also was a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 2002 and a 2003 NHL All-Star.

Poti, who began his career with the Oilers in 1998, finished with 69 goals and 258 assists for 327 points and had 588 penalty minutes. He suffered a fractured pelvis 21 games into the 2010-11 season and missed all of the following season. He made a comeback during the 2012-13 season and played in 16 games.

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