“Either a stroke of genius or the pathway to hell,” wrote SFU criminology student Arpan on Twitter (@rum0r1). “Not quite sure yet.”

That’s the reaction Friday morning as an NHL source told the Winnipeg Free Press’s Gary Lawless that former New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella has been offered the coaching vacancy with the Vancouver Canucks.

Tortorella, who won the 2004 Stanley Cup when he was the Tampa Bay Lightning’s head coach, was fired by the New York Rangers on May 29, just after the Rangers lost their second-round series to the Boston Bruins.

Tortorella had five winning seasons in New York but was unable to take them any further than the Eastern Conference final, which they reached in the spring of 2012.

Tortorella replaces Alain Vigneault, considered the most successful head coach in Canucks history.