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John Tortorella Fined $20K

NEW YORK (January 1, 2020) -- Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has been fined $20,000 for comments following NHL Game No. 604 at Columbus on Sunday, Dec. 29, the National Hockey League announced today. Additionally, Tortorella has been assessed a conditional fine of $25,000, which will be collected in the event of similar inappropriate behavior through Dec. 29, 2020.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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Afternoon Line- Elvis Merzlikins

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Video- John Tortorella Is One Upset Coach

Game highlights are below.

via Jeff Svoboda tweets,

John Tortorella did not take questions from the media. Is livid over the refs not adding the 1.1 seconds that ran off after Chicago was called for its too many men penalty in OT. Werenski’s goal would have counted if the time had been added.

Torts called it “ridiculous” among other things, punctuating his thoughts by slamming his hand against the podium multiple times.

Torts: "Instead of resetting the clock, we have them tell our captain, 'We're not going to do it.' Toronto doesn't step in. The refs don't do their freaking job, and now we lose the game and we lose our goalie."

Torts, continued: "All this goddamn technology and getting things right, the stubbornness tonight by the officials and by the league and Toronto, however it is supposed to goddamn work, screws us. It's ridiculous."

Korpisalo had to leave the game with an injury, again, game highlights are below.

added 8:30pm, Tortorella post-game conference is below.

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Video- Big Or Bad Hit By Tom Wilson?

Lilja did return for the 3rd.

 

 

added 9:09pm, below, watch another hit from Wilson earlier in the game.

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Evening Line- John Tortorella

After a 1-0 OT loss to Pittsburgh.

 

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Now Is The Time For The Columbus Blue Jackets To Make A Playoff Push

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets won at least 45 games in each of the previous three seasons. The consensus three months ago, then, was that they had built something that was greater than the sum of their parts. As their hype video says, “From out of our blue, we rise.”

The new season is one-third gone now. The Jackets (11-12-4, 26 points) are in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Their 68 goals scored and minus-16 differential through 27 games put them among the most anemic teams in the league.

Old rule of thumb: The earlier a team can get into playoff position, the better. Over the previous six years, 74 of 96 teams in a playoff spot on Thanksgiving Day went on to clinch. On Thursday past, the Jackets were in seventh place in the wild-card standings. (Insert turkey joke here.)...

Although there is a lot of hockey yet to play, you will in the coming days get as good a gauge on these Jackets as you’re going to get. Remember all that talk about proving doubters wrong? About how the team would respond after losing Panarin, Bobrovsky, et al.? About how a strong locker room would coalesce in defiance? Now is the time.

The Jackets host Panarin and the New York Rangers on Thursday. The Jackets play at Florida on Saturday and will probably see Bobrovsky in net. The Jackets play the Ovechkins in Washington on Monday.

If they have an emotional response — if they rise — you will see what has largely been missing so far.

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Zach Werenski Out A Month With A Shoulder Injury

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is expected to miss four weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in the first period of last night's game at the New York Islanders, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Werenski, 22, leads all club defensemen in scoring this season with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 26 games. His goal, assist and point totals rank third overall on the club. Columbus' first selection, eighth overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, he has registered 44-100-144 with 56 penalty minutes and a cumulative +7 plus/minus rating in 263 career NHL games.

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Watch the injury below.

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Video- Nick Foligno Suspended Three Games

Elbowing.

 

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Extend 3-on-3 OT And Eliminate The Shootout?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The introduction of 3-on-3 overtime is arguably the NHL’s best rule tweak in a decade while the shootout seems so … 2005.

So when the Columbus Blue Jackets head coach started banging the drum this week about going to a longer overtime period and abolishing the skills competition entirely, he was speaking for a segment of hockey fans.

“I don’t know what we’re waiting for to get rid of this shootout stuff,” said Tortorella, per The Athletic’s Alison Lukan. “I know they are worried about the time limit [in overtime] … it’s not going to last long. If it goes past five minutes, it’s not going to be many more minutes after five. I think it’s just dynamite.”

With that in mind, I checked in to see if Tortorella had any support at the NHL level. Might the idea be discussed at next month’s general managers’ meeting in Toronto?

The answer I got was something along the lines of “No chance, not happening, why would you even ask that?”

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Get To Bed

from Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com,

Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nick Foligno live different lives, but there's one time of the evening where they can relate -- when the yawns start coming in the evening hours.

The 21-year-old Dubois might be watching binge-watching shows when his body starts telling him it's time to go to sleep for the night.

It's a little different for Foligno. A married 31-year-old with three kids, the Blue Jackets captain might be chatting with his wife Janelle after putting their children to bed when he starts to be overcome by the urge to hit the hay. 

In both cases, though, the Columbus teammates now know what the best course of action is, even if it's not always the easiest one.

Give in. Go to bed.

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