NHL notes: John Tortorella new Canucks head coach

The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their new coach on Tuesday.

Tortorella, who was recently fired as coach of the New York Rangers following their playoff elimination by the Bruins, arrived in Vancouver on Friday amid reports he was the choice to replace the fired Alain Vigneault.

If all goes as expected, Tortorella and Vigneault will end up trading teams; Vigneault was hired last week as Tortorella’s replacement with the Rangers.


Vigneault, Vancouver’s leader in career coaching wins, was fired in May after the Canucks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.

Tippett signs on

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Dave Tippett is taking a leap into uncertainty, agreeing on a long-term contract to continue coaching the Coyotes despite an ownership situation that still hasn’t been resolved. ‘‘I just felt like this was the best fit because of the people you get to work with,’’ Tippett said . . . Coach Claude Noel signed a one-year contract extension with the Jets after a season in which the team failed to make the playoffs. The Jets went 24-21-3 and finished ninth in the Eastern Conference. Noel is entering his third season with the team . . . Former defenseman Adam Foote is rejoining the Avalanche as a defense development consultant. Foote played parts of 17 seasons with the organization, winning a Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001 with the team.

Wild ink Backstrom

The Wild wasted no time settling their goaltending situation by re-signing Niklas Backstrom, who agreed to a three-year, $10.25 million contract. The move kept the veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month. He went 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals-against average and two shutouts in 42 games this season . . . Sharks forward Marty Havlat had surgery to help repair the injured groin that sidelined him during the playoffs, and will not be an option to be bought out of the final two years of his contract this summer. Havlat has missed 51 games during his two seasons in San Jose, posting 15 goals and 30 assists in 79 games.