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New York Rangers Part Ways with Head Coach John Tortorella

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Former Head coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers speaks to the media after they lost 4 to 1 to the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Former Head coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers speaks to the media after they lost 4 to 1 to the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - New York has relieved John Tortorella of his duties after more than four seasons as head coach of the Rangers, WFAN’s Mike Francesa says.

“I don’t know what happened,” Francesa said. “I do know there was some either difference of opinion, argument, fight that really has festered in the last 48 hours — difference of philosophy, difference of opinion, I don’t know exactly what to tell you. All I know is that Tortorella is out as Ranger coach.”

After defeating the Capitals in seven games, the Rangers were uprooted in just five games by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tortorella was hired partway through the 2008-09 and had roughly a .593 winning percentage leading New York.

Caps head guy Adam Oates had a contentious relationship with Tortorella through the media. The two were firing shots at one another during and after their respective teams’ opening round matchup in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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