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At his season-ending news conference last month, Tortorella took some of the blame but also placed a lot of it on the players. He said the Canucks are getting old, the core group has become complacent, and the team needs to get younger.

“I felt from Day 1 that it’s stale,” he said. “That’s not their fault. This is a group that has been together for a long time.

“It needs youth. It needs a change. The team needs to be retooled. It’s a young man’s game. It’s certainly not a criticism of (the veterans). We need to surround them with some enthusiasm.”

Tortorella said it was time to forget the 2011 Stanley Cup finals run, and his biggest regret was leaving too much to the players.

“I needed to be pounding away at the details,” he said. “I think that hurt us in situational play. I think that hurt us in trying to understand how you change momentum. That’s not the team, that’s me.”

Before joining the Rangers, Tortorella was the coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for seven seasons, leading the club to the 2004 Stanley Cup title. In 946 career games as an NHL coach over 14 seasons, Tortorella is 446-375-37-78.