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Can John Tortorella Lead Again?

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

The persona had swallowed the person whole.

Somewhere between hoisting a Stanley Cup in Tampa and a disastrous one-season run in Vancouver, we stopped seeing John Tortorella the hockey coach.

All we saw was Torts - a bristling, fuming caricature; a human blowtorch with a penchant for burning so fiercely that it couldn’t possibly last.

Passion is one thing. Logic-clouding fury is another.

“It’s a double-edged sword with John. It’s what makes him great and what gets him in trouble,” said Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “I love the passion. He shows passion every day, to learn and to get better as a coach. But it can go too far and John knows that. We didn’t even have to bring it up. It was the first thing he said when we starting talking to him about the job. He admitted he’d made mistakes but said he’d learned from them and it was time to move on.”

Torts can take a team a certain distance, but there’s a defined expiration date on that coach. But what about John Tortorella? Can he, once a championship coach and a man who loves to teach, keep his inner dragon on a leash? The early returns in Columbus say yes and we may be watching the prelude to a bravo second act.


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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Sure he can lead. Lead them where is the real question.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 12/11/15 at 01:15 PM ET

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