It’s official. John Tortorella is en route to NY to take over for practice tomorrow. Not available tonight for comment.
Glen Sather said there is no compensation headed to Tampa Bay, and that Tortorella signed a multi-year contract.
Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld did not want the job. He and Pelino will be assistants, Schoenfeld on an interim basis.
Tom Renney is welcome to stay in the organization if he chooses, Sather said.
Sather said he had this in his mind for a few weeks, and he was going to make this move even if the Rangers had won Sunday night. He knew he was going to do it today no matter what. He said he considered other candidates, as well. He also very pointedly said much of the decision was based on how the Rangers got away from the way they played the first 10 games or so this season, and that it was basically the system of backing up that he felt needed to be changed.
There may be a resolution in the compensation case. A media conference call with Glen Sather is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Will update or re-post after the conference call.