NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Rangers’ season came to an abrupt end on Saturday, but according to the New York Post, John Tortorella’s tenure as head coach will continue.
“Sources have told The Post that Tortorella’s contract, originally due to expire after this season, was extended a couple of months ago,” the paper reported.
The extension is believed to be a three-year deal. The Rangers declined comment.
In two-plus seasons under coach John Tortorella, the Rangers have two first-round losses to Washington — including one in 2009 in which New York squandered a 3-1 series lead. Last season, the Rangers failed to make the playoffs when they were beaten in a season-ending shootout against Philadelphia.
“I don’t think our team is fully built yet,” Tortorella said after the Rangers’ Game 5 loss. “You’ve got to remember where the Washington team was for a number of years. You look at how their team was built with the draft picks. We’re not there yet. We’re not as far as talent.”
Since his hiring in February 2009, Tortorella has lead the team to 94-73-18 record in 185 games.
“We’re still in a process, so we just keep on going and try to get better,” he said. “I think there’s areas in our team where we need to get better, so we continue to build.”
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