2:15PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the belief is that the Rangers fired Tortorella for reasons unrelated to their record this season and instead because they felt the players had grown tired of his overbearing personality.
He adds that there is nothing that Lundqvist could have said that would have prompted this move by the Rangers.
1:19PM: According to a tweet from Elliotte Friedman, the comments that Henrik Lundqvist made on breakup day changed the Rangers thinking about keeping John Tortorella.
Friedman says that a source tells him that Lundqvist’s comments about a contract extension “changed everything.”
Katie Strang tweets “No indication this was coming, by the way. But, some comments from Rangers break-up day seemed telling. Not clear if that was impetus”