The Dallas Star had their big event on June 4th like they said they would but fans didn’t get all the announcements they thought they’d get. While new uniforms were unveiled and Mike Modano’s number was retired, the Stars didn’t appoint a new head coach and the search continues still to find the guy they think can lead Dallas into the future.
According to Katie Strang from ESPN, that guy might be former New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella as the Stars have shown an interest in bringing him in for an interview.
#NYR Can confirm Dallas has interest in John Tortorella. DAL hasn’t yet requested permission to speak w/him but NYR unlikely to stand in way
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) June 10, 2013
Tortorella burned his bridges in New York with what players and the media received as a surly attitude and he was never afraid to speak his mind or do rash things. From publicly saying his players stink one minute to resisting throwing Mike Richards under the bus despite benching him in the postseason, Tortorella is a head coach that polarized a city and a team.
But despite this, he still has the chops to be one of the better leaders in the NHL and while his motivation tactics are sometimes questionable, he produced a consistent playoff team in New York and that’s something Dallas has been trying to create for years now. As Strang stated, there’s no indication the two sides will talk anytime soon, but Torts is on the Stars radar and a deal may end up getting done sooner rather than later.