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Report- John Davidson Headed Back To Columbus

from Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets fans hoping to see John Davidson return as president of hockey operations will soon get their wish.

Multiple sources indicated to the Dispatch on Wednesday that Davidson, the Jackets’ former president of hockey operations for seven years, will be re-hired to his former position in the near future – perhaps as soon as Thursday.

Davidson did not immediately respond to a call and text message seeking confirmation of the hire and multiple team officials either declined to comment or did not reply.


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John Tortorella And The Columbus Blue Jackets Agree To Part Ways

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella, whose contract expired at the end of the 2020-21 season, have mutually agreed to part ways, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

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Report- John Tortorella Will Not Be Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

John Tortorella will not return as coach of the Blue Jackets next season, multiple sources told The Athletic.

The winningest coach in franchise history decided to move on when his contract expires this offseason, ending a six-year run in Columbus that included four playoff berths, the first playoff series win in franchise history, and some memorable and turbulent moments along the way.

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Why Is John Tortorella Still Coaching?

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

I still cannot believe John Tortorella hasn’t been fired yet.

This is what I was thinking as I watched Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins talk about how “sad” and “painful” and “embarrassing” it is to be playing for a team that has become one of the biggest disappointments in the National Hockey League this season.

Mike Babcock, Gerard Gallant and Bruce Boudreau are currently out of work. But Tortorella, who chased Pierre-Luc Dubois out of Columbus and is now ruining Patrik Laine’s career, is still being paid to coach. He’s still in a position in which he gets to bench Max Domi and make roster decisions. He’s still given a platform in which he gets to refuse to answer reporters’ questions.

To borrow a favourite phrase from ex-Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, it’s mind-boggling — especially considering who else has lost their job this year.

Claude Julien was fired in February after the Habs went 9-5-4. The following month, Calgary replaced Geoff Ward (11-11-2) with Darryl Sutter, while Buffalo let go of Ralph Krueger (6-18-4). And yet, with the losses piling up, Tortorella (15-25-9) continues to pick up a paycheque in Columbus.


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Video- Patrik Laine Goes 200ft For Great Goal

CBJ lost 4-3 in OT.


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Evening Line- John Tortorella

"The core of this team has been together, and we were growing, we were getting there, and things have fallen off," Tortorella said before the Blue Jackets lost 4-3 at home to the Chicago Blackhawks. "The business end of it comes in, players wanting to leave and stuff like that, and you know what? You need to start over. I'll be honest with you, it needs to start over because there are just a lot of different personalities that come in.

"I don't know if they fit or not. We've still got to go through the process of trying to figure out who they are, who we are. Are we going to do it together? And do you understand? Are you going to buy in? And all that stuff. I don't have the answer as far as where it goes right now. We're still trying to find out about the new personnel coming in here."

Jon Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blu Jackets.  Tim Campbell of NHL.com has more.

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Zach Werenski Out For The Rest Of The Season

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve due to an inguinal/sports hernia, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

He is expected to undergo surgery next week to repair the injury and will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season. Werenski, 23, has collected seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points and 13 penalty minutes in 35 games this season, leading club defensemen in goals and ranking second in points. He also ranks second on the club in averaging 24:22 TOI per game.

"Zach has been playing through the injury for most of the season and as much as we would like to have him in the lineup, having the surgery now is the right decision and will allow him to be 100 percent before the start of training camp in the fall," said Kekalainen.

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Who Could Be Available From The Blues And Blue Jackets

from TSN,

- Winless in their past seven games, the St. Louis Blues have dropped out of the playoff picture as the deadline approaches and it appears general manager Doug Armstrong could subtract, rather than add over the next five days.

"One guy who has nine goals and 21 points on the season is Mike Hoffman, a pending UFA who could also be on the move," TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun said Tuesday on Insider Trading. "The St. Louis Blues are not out of contention but we know from GM Doug Armstrong's history, that he's not worried about trading pending UFAs when his team underachieves. He traded Kevin Shattenkirk at the deadline in 2017 despite being in a playoff spot. He traded Paul Stastny to Winnipeg in 2018 despite being a point out, and word is, from talking to different teams around the league, that he's open to potentially moving some pending UFAs. The Blues have disappointed.

"Hoffman would be one, perhaps Tyler Bozak is another."

- Blue Jackets defenceman David Savard is listed at No. 1 on the TSN Trade Bait board, followed closely by captain Nick Foligno at No. 4. Portzline also lists defenceman Michael Del Zotto and one of either Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins as players who could be moved as Columbus shifts into sellers.

Portzline points to the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning as potential suitors for Savard and lists Toronto, the Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders as landing spots for Foligno, if he's open to a move.

more on each of the above plus Toronto talk...

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Afternoon Line- John Tortorella

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John Tortorella Is Not Concerned If He Happens To Be On The Hot Seat

from NHL.com,

John Tortorella said he is not concerned about job security after the Columbus Blue Jackets lost a fifth straight game, 3-1 to the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

"You know what … I never worry about that," Tortorella said. "I do my job the best I can. If people want to make decisions on me, that's their decision. I never worry about that. I go about my business, and I'm going to coach this team the best way I possibly can."

Columbus (8-10-5) is 1-5-2 in its past eight games and is in fifth place in the Discover Central Division. It has scored two goals in the past three games.

Tortorella is in his sixth season with the Blue Jackets. He is 217-149-47 with them and guided them to the first Stanley Cup Playoff series win in their history, a four-game sweep of the No. 1-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2019 Eastern Conference First Round.


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