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VANCOUVER -- The man charged with the job of revitalizing the Vancouver Canucks made his first major move toward erasing the mem Antworten

VANCOUVER -- The man charged with the job of revitalizing the Vancouver Canucks made his first major move toward erasing the memory of one of the teams worst seasons in recent history. Fernandinho Jersey . Trevor Linden, the former Vancouver captain who has taken over as the teams president, put his stamp on the Canucks by firing head coach John Tortorella on Thursday. Linden said the action was the first step in moving on from a frustrating season that saw the Canucks miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. "Today is about the future of this team and the goal of getting it back to the Stanley Cup playoffs," Linden told a news conference. Tortorellas firing was expected, but Linden said he didnt want to rush the decision. "I tried to come in from a neutral place," he said. "At the end of the day I kept coming back to a lot of things I didnt like that I saw trending. I just felt to move forward and kind of put a new perspective and new direction, it was the right thing to do." Besides Tortorella, assistant coach Mike Sullivan was also relieved of his duties. They join fired president and general manager Mike Gillis as those paying the price for a dismal year that saw the Canucks finish 25th overall. Assistant coaches Glen Gulutzan and Darryl Williams and goaltender coach Roland Melanson will keep their jobs. Linden hopes to have a new general manager hired by the end of the month. The search for a coach could coincide with looking for a GM. "I have a real strong (GM) candidate list that I will be starting the interview process next week," said Linden. "I think the two processes can move along together for a certain period of time. "Its important the manager have a great deal of input on the coaching direction. That would be the ideal situation." One of the names most frequently mentioned for the Vancouver GMs job is Jim Benning, Bostons assistant general manager and a former teammate of Linden. The Bruins have the potential to play deep into the Stanley Cup playoff. Linden refused to be specific about any candidates but indicated playoff teams may be willing to let him talk to their staff. "I have not got any pushback on timing from a playoff standpoint," he said. Linden wants a coach with experience at "many levels." The person must be a teacher and be able to communicate with his players. One of the most popular Canucks of all time, Linden is trying to repair the teams image and its relationship with fans left disillusioned by Vancouvers drop from the ranks of the NHLs elite. "This is a fresh start for our team and youll see us make some other changes this summer," he said in a letter to season ticket holders. "It starts with how we shape our management and coaching staffs and the roster improvements were able to make." The Canucks had a good start under Tortorella but finished the year with a 36-35-11 record for 83 points. The Canucks had just 13 wins in the 41 games since Jan. 1. Vancouver also struggled to score, managing just 196 goals on the season, leaving the Canucks tied for second least in the league. At an April 14 season-ending news conference Tortorella was blunt when he said the Canucks are getting old and the core needed revitalizing. Linden was asked about the comments. "We talked about that," he said. "I dont totally agree with everything he said." Tortorella, who won a Stanley Cup coaching Tampa Bay in 2004, was hired as the Canucks 17th head coach last June to replace the fired Alain Vigneault. Vigneault took over Tortorellas old team, the New York Rangers, and has led them into the second round of this seasons playoffs. Tortorella has four years remaining on a contact which is estimated at US$2 million a season. Its estimated the Canucks owe Gillis $4 million for the remaining four years left on his contract. Tortorella could be cantankerous, even rude, when dealing with the media during his five seasons with the Rangers. He kept his promise to be different in Vancouver, where he was cordial and often humorous when talking to reporters. On the ice Tortorella preached defence and shot blocking. He used star players Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the penalty kill. He also faced criticism for the amount of ice time he heaped on front-line players like the Sedins and centre Ryan Kesler, who averaged 21 minutes 48 seconds of ice time a night. Tortorellas decision to start rookie goaltender Eddie Lack in the outdoor Heritage Classic game frustrated veteran Roberto Luongo. That decision eventually resulted in Luongo being traded to Florida. A rash of injuries took their toll, Both Sedins, Alex Burrows and defenceman Chris Tanev all missed a significant number of games with injuries. Noted for his fiery manner behind the bench Tortorella shocked management and the teams owners when he tried to get into the Calgary Flames locker-room following a line brawl in a Jan. 18 game in Vancouver. Tortorella was prevented from getting at Flames coach Bob Hartley and was suspended for six games. The Canucks were 2-4-0 during that period, then 2-7-1 when Tortorella returned. Linden said that incident did not factor in Tortorellas firing. Canuck players said they played a role in the fate of both Gillis and Tortorella. "The bottom line is if we win more games, then guys dont lose their jobs," said defenceman Kevin Bieksa. Among the available coaches is Barry Trotz, who was fired from Nashville last month after 15 seasons with the Predators. Other candidates include L.A. assistant coach John Stevens and former Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher. "We will do everything we can to make this team as good as it can be and get back to the Stanley Cup playoffs," Linden said. 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The second-seeded Swiss superstar hasnt reached the final at the U.S. Open since 2009 and hasnt won the title since the last of his five straight in 2008. Last years surprising fourth-round loss to Tommy Robredo was his earliest exit since 2003. Federer has had a resurgent year after not reaching a Grand Slam final in 2013. He reached the final at Wimbledon earlier this summer, losing to Novak Djokovic in a stellar five-set title match at the All England Club, then prepped for the U.S. Open with a couple of strong hardcourt events. He lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Toronto final and beat Ferrer for the Cincinnati crown. The solid play continued Tuesday. Federer broke serve once in each of the first two sets and never had his own serve threatened. He dropped a mere four points on serve in a dominant second set. After another break early in the third, Matosevic finally dented Federers serve to event the set at 4-4. It went to a tiebreaker and Federer won six of the last seven points after falling behind 3-1. "Hes got big shots and a big game, especially on the return," said Federer about Matosevic in an on-court interview after the match. "Im happy Im through. It was a bit more difficult in the third set than I wanted it to be. He put up a good fight." Next up for Federer will be another Australian in the second round, as Sam Groth advanced with a three-set win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. The fourth-seeded Ferrer needed four sets to best Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ferrer, twice a semifinalist in 11 previous trips to the U.S. Open, claimed a 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 triumph and will next play Australias Bernard Tomic in round two. Other seeded winners Tuesday included Japans Kei Nishikori, American John Isner, Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Italys Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils of France. The 10th-seeded Nishikori stifled American journeyman Wayne Odesnik, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Nishikori, who became the first-ever Japanese player to crack the Top 10 earlier this year, missed the U.S. Open tuune-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a toe injury. Gabriel Jesus Brazil Jersey. "Its been pretty good," said Nishikori about the injury. "I fell a couple of times, but otherwise, almost perfect. Didnt affect my game. So its been feeling really well." Odesnik received a wild card into the Open, his first appearance here in five years, after serving a year-long ban for getting caught with human growth hormone. The 13th-seeded Isner launched 26 aces in a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory over fellow American Marcos Giron. Isner has reached just one quarterfinal in his seven previous trips to the USTA National Tennis Center. "I played a great second set," said Isner. "I wish the third set would have been easier. I had a lot of chances. So if theres one disappointing thing from today its not converting on those chances, especially in the third set. 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