The Vancouver Canucks have called a news conference for Tuesday to announce the hiring of John Tortorella as head coach.

Tortorella was fired by the New York Rangers last month following a second-round loss to the Boston Bruins. In 319 regular-season games with New York, Tortorella went 171-118-1-29. He was 19-25 in the post-season and reached the playoffs in four of five seasons after taking over as coach in February 2009.

Tortorella was behind the bench for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2001-08 before taking the same role with the Rangers.

The 55-year-old won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 2004 when he led the Lightning to their first-ever Stanley Cup.