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New York Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella May Be Front-Runner for Team USA at 2014 Olympics

February 20th, 2013 at 3:13 PM
By PJ Foti

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ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose believes New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is first in line to hold the same position for Team USA at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"Tortorella is a natural choice to lead Team USA at the Sochi Olympics," Melrose, formerly the coach of the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning, said of the Boston native on Tuesday night. "The guy has won a Stanley Cup (with the Bolts in 2004) and he's got the Rangers playing a great style of hockey. He's a solid coach, meticulous in his planning, and that team would be ready to play."

This is based on the assumption that NHL players will compete in the Olympic games, something that hasn't been figured out yet.

If that is the case, Tortorella should have a lot of familiarity with the roster as current Rangers Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are easily all possible candidates to play for Team USA.

In fact, the Rangers boast NHL-leading 11 Americans on its roster.

Time will tell if Tortorella does get the Team USA job. Do you think he's the right fit?

Tags: Barry Melrose, Derek Stepan, ESPN, Hockey, John Tortorella, Los Angeles Kings, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Olympics, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Sochi, Tampa Bay Lightning, Team USA

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