Prior to joining John Tortorella with the Rangers, Mike Sullivan was Tortorella’s assistant coach in his final year in Tampa Bay.
Sullivan joined Tampa at the end of May in 2007 and GM Jay Feaster said that Sullivan was the only guy that Tortorella wanted to talk to:
Tortorella added that he wanted to add Sullivan because of his past as a winner, both as a player and a coach, and “He is smart and aggressive and he understands the way we like to play the game; our team concept.”
Tortorella coached Sullivan when he was a player with the Coyotes in the late 90s.
Torts has said that Sullivan means “everything” to the Rangers.