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Tortorella reached his expiration date

Subpar season and an abrasive personality ensured a short shelf life in New York

Updated: May 29, 2013, 9:59 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Rangers team president and general manager Glen Sather didn't provide much in answering why coach John Tortorella was dismissed. But really, he didn't have to.

All you needed to know was there for all to see.

It was apparent in the team's weary performance for much of the season, shackled by a style of play that hindered creativity and seemed ill-suited for its skilled personnel.

It showed on his players' faces as they sat, stunned and dejected, in the moments ...

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