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Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:48 p.m.
 

The Canucks fired John Tortorella one year into the fiery coach's long-term deal.

Tortorella, who signed a five-year contract last summer after being dismissed by the New York Rangers, failed to reach the playoffs behind the Vancouver bench. Assistant coach Mike Sullivan was also fired on Thursday.

The Canucks finished 25th in the 30-team NHL.

• Defenseman Tom Poti is retiring from hockey after 14 NHL seasons. In 824 regular-season games with the Oilers, Rangers, Islanders and Capitals, Poti had 69 goals and 258 assists.

• The Capitals traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the Islanders for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

— AP

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