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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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Video- John Tortorella Post-Game

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John Tortorella’s View On Kneeling During The National Anthem

from TSN,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has changed his stance on protesting and kneeling during the national anthem.

Just four years ago while coaching the United States at the World Cup of Hockey, Tortorella told ESPN that "if any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.” This remark was made during the controversy of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protests against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.

Now, it appears Tortorella has changed his stance on the matter following world-wide protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis last month.

“When I stand for the flag and the national anthem, my reflection is solely on the men and women who have given their lives defending our country and constitution and freedom, along with those who are serving today,” Tortorella told Aaron Portzline of The Athletic on Wednesday. “I have learned over the years, listening and watching, that men and women who choose to kneel during this time mean no disrespect toward the flag.”

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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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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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Evening Line- John Tortorella

After a 1-0 OT loss to Pittsburgh.

 

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Morning Line- John Tortorella

The most important part of our entry into this camp and into this season is how we carry ourselves. Do we have the right strut that we had during the playoffs, that little bit of “*#$%@& you!” Nobody even talked about us. When you lose good players, a number of them, do you lose that arrogance? I think as we enter the season here we need to have the right amount of strut, but also a sense of camaraderie, and a chip on our shoulders as the guys who want to be here.

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Much more (paid subscription) from Tortorella in a Q & A with Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.

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Video- John Tortorella’s Entrance

Oops.

 

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Video- A Sit Down With John Tortorella

via Sportsnet,

John Tortorella talks about shocking the NHL world by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning and how a wild regular season prepared the Columbus Blue Jackets for the NHL playoffs.

 

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Video- John Tortorella The Motivator

via Sportsnet,

Check this out, as Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella fires up his squad before Game 1 of their series vs. Tampa Bay.

 

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Video- Afternoon Line- John Tortorella

Who agrees?

 

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Evening Line- John Tortorella On Artemi Panarin Being Ill

 

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Video- John Tortorella After Practice Today

via TSN's YouTube page,

With a number of injuries down the middle for the Blue Jackets, Columbus coach John Tortorella voiced his frustration with a classic tirade, and criticized his team for their recent struggles.

 

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Videos- John Tortorella After A 4-2 Loss To The Toronto Maple Leafs

He calls them as he sees them.

 

 

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Video- John Tortorella Makes His Post Game Remarks Very Brief

A man of few words tonight after their 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Exit stage right, watch below.

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A Two-Year Extension For John Tortorella In Columbus

from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

The Blue Jackets have come a long way since Oct. 21, 2015, when an 0-7-0 start led to a coaching change that brought one of the NHL's most successful coaches to Columbus.

Since hiring John Tortorella to run the bench, they've made the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons, have assembled a roster brimming with talent and feel like the path to winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history is solidly underfoot.

That, above all else, is the reason Tortorella's tenure as the Jackets' head coach has been extended by two years after this season.

"They've done a good job," Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said, group Tortorella in with his staff of assistants. "I think they've earned the right to continue and have that security. I think it's important not just for them, but for the team and the organization to have that stability. We're trending into the right direction, so they can continue the process they've started."

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Video- John Tortorella Postgame

John Tortorella after today's loss to the Capitals.

Tortorella says they will be back in Washington for game 7.

 

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Afternoon Line- John Tortorella

“Some guys see the light at the end of the tunnel and say, ‘You know what? If we don’t get it in, I’m done. We’re done in a few weeks here, It happens with athletes that it’s been a long year and they just want to get away. They haven’t had a good year or there’s been some struggles ... and they just want it to end. That happens with athletes in all sports.”

“There are probably a few players that are saying, ‘Man, I’ve had a s--- year. (Tortorella) has been on me.’ It’s been hard. We’ve got to grind through this after being in last year with 11 games left. It’s hard for some people. To me, it’s giving in. But I think for most in that room, they want to accept this challenge.”

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after today's morning skate.  Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch has more.

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Video- John Tortorella Admits He Was Wrong In Exchange With Alex Ovechkin

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

 After Columbus forward Matt Calvert was ejected for butt-ending Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin at the end of the first period, cameras caught Ovechkin and Blue Jackets Coach John Tortorella exchanging pleasantries in front of the Columbus bench before the second period.

After the game, Ovechkin seemed to laugh off the exchange. “We just talk about: ‘How’s everything? What’s going on?’ He’s a nice guy,” Ovechkin said with a grin.

But Tortorella expressed some regret over the incident.

“That’s my fault,” Tortorella said. “I thought he dove, and I signaled to him. I thought he dove, and he took exception. I have no business making any gesture or saying anything to a player. So that’s not on him. That’s just stupidity on my part.”

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Evening Line- John Tortorella

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Video- John Tortorella On The Pittsburgh Penguins

via the YouTube page of the Columbus Dispatch,

Columbus coach John Tortorella says he doesn’t like the Penguins before his Blue Jackets take on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs at PNG Arena in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

 

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Evening Line- John Tortorella

"My biggest concern is we simply have to get our core guys playing harder and better, and sometimes, instead of pointing the fingers outward, you've got to point the finger inward. It can't keep on going around like this. You're not going to win games consistently in this league, and be the team you want to be, if you don't have your top players being your top players - no matter what situation they're in. It's not trying to rip them. It is what it is."

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Brian Hedger of BluJackets.com has more.

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Evening Line- John Tortorella

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All John Tortorella

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

Portzline: Your team came into last season with so much to prove, almost a sense of embarrassment about the previous two seasons. What is the motivation now, and how worried are you about a let-down, or a feeling that the 50 wins and 108 points means you’ve arrived?

Tortorella: I’ll give you one line in the letter I sent to them this summer: ‘We played 10 days extra. That’s it. Ten days.’ The biggest thing I’m trying to say to you, Portzy, is I’ve been through this before in Tampa. Look, I thought we had a really good camp last year to get us going in the right direction. Our mindset, I thought, changed as we went through camp and into our season. We lost our first two games, had a reset right away. That helped us. I know … in my gut, I think this year is going to be a year where we have to try to figure out some other things.

AP: It seemed like the stars aligned last season …

JT: I don’t know if we’re going to be able to win 16 games in a row. Some of the things that went right last year, I don’t know if they’re going to go right this year. Each year is a different animal. I know in my gut … my gut just screams to me, ‘Be ready. There are going to be some challenges here.’

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John Tortorella No Longer A Lame-Duck Coach

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The adage that “coaches are hired to be fired” has been hammered into the Jackets’ misshapen history. The Jackets have been eating portions of coaches’ contracts from the time Doug MacLean selected himself to replace Dave King behind the bench in January 2003. It is a regular cost of doing business in major-league sports, yes, but when you eat a million here and a million there, pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. And this isn’t Real Madrid we’re talking about here.

So, Tortorella’s one-year extension makes sense. It maintains the momentum gained from a 108-point season. These Jackets are capable of pushing deep into the playoffs, and it would have been folly to stage a protracted contract war with the league’s coach of the year. Here in Columbus, we don’t even want to think about a contract war.

Jackets management has, generally speaking, done a fine job and deserves to be recognized for stockpiling assets. At the same time, it is hard to forget what embarrassing depths it can reach in the middle of a contract dispute. Two words: Ryan Johansen.

I’m not saying that John Davidson, president of hockey operations, Jarmo Kekalainen, the general manager, and assistant general manager Bill Zito, the point man on most negotiations, would again play the public-humiliation card, but they did it once, and the memory is a stain that is slow to fade.

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A One-Year Contract Extension For John Tortorella

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach John Tortorella to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Since joining the club on Oct. 21, 2015, Tortorella has led the Blue Jackets to an 84-57-16 record and .586 points percentage.

"John Tortorella and his coaching staff have done a terrific job since his arrival nearly two years ago," said Kekalainen. "He is one of the top coaches in our game and we are excited about what lies ahead for our club with John as our head coach."

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Videos- A Sit Down With John Tortorella, McDavid Skill And Kucherov Impresses

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

John Tortorella speaks with Christine Simpson about his past mistakes as a coach and how he has approached his opportunity in Columbus.

 

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John Tortorella Will Miss Tonight’s Game And The All-Star Weekend

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella has returned to Columbus due to a family emergency that will cause him to miss tonight's game at Nashville, as well as this weekend's 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game®.

Assistant coaches Brad Larsen and Brad Shaw will handle coaching duties for the Blue Jackets in Tortorella's absence.

"Regrettably, there is a personal matter that requires my immediate attention that will force me to leave the team temporarily and miss the All-Star Game in Los Angeles," Tortorella said. "This decision was not made lightly as representing the Columbus Blue Jackets is something I am very proud of, but it is the right decision for my family and I. I appreciate the support of our organization and the National Hockey League and my hope is to be back with the team next week."

 

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Video- Evening Line By John Tortorella

"Marty was a pain in the ass to coach"

 

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John Davidson Took A Chance When Hiring John Tortorella

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

John Tortorella is the odds-on favourite to win the NHL coach of the year honours, which may surprise some people, but not John Davidson, who never lost faith. Davidson is the Columbus Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations and currently oversees the NHL’s most unexpected early-season success story. The Blue Jackets entered Friday’s game with the Calgary Flames with the fewest regulation losses in the league (five) and boast a winning percentage of better than .700, both at home and on the road....

Davidson eventually got into the hockey business, first with St. Louis, then with Columbus, and in both cases helped to oversee turnarounds in organizations with massive credibility issues. But Davidson tested the limits of his own credibility by going to bat for Tortorella. Davidson trusted him – and more importantly, he trusted that Tortorella would not go off the deep end the way he had in previous NHL stops with the Rangers and the Canucks, which eventually created irreconcilable differences with the management and ownership of those teams.

Davidson remembered how Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship and how he got the Rangers to block shots so consistently. And he understood why so polarizing a figure had also earned the most NHL victories of any U.S.-born coach.

“John really wanted to coach again – he wanted one more kick at it,” said Davidson. “We did extensive research and talked to the really good players and people he’d coached with – and there were zero negatives. I knew the man, which is different than the perception of him that’s out there.”

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All John Tortorella

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

KR Is the public perception of you different than how you are?

JT Oh, sure.

KR I was a little scared to talk to you, to be honest.

JT Oh, no. But I can’t do anything about that. And I don’t want to chase perception, it’s too hard. Those top 10 lists [sports networks] sometimes have—if that’s what people want to think of me, I can’t change that. Because that is me in those situations. If people want to roll me up in a ball and say that’s who he is, I can’t change that. But for the people who really know me, they know me. This is a hard interview for me, and you’re going to end this pretty quickly because you’re talking too much about me.

KR Really?

JT This is the last question for you, Kristina. Out of the game, I’m private. So we’re done.

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John Tortorella Trying To Avoid Over-Coaching

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

It's no secret what Team USA coach John Tortorella demands from his players. Conditioning, discipline, the will to compete.

That's why Tortorella admitted after practice at Verizon Center on Monday that it's September and his players are coming in after offseasons of various lengths.

"I do try to keep myself in check as far as over-coaching, but then when you get in the room with the players, you over-coach," said Tortorella, whose team will face Team Finland in a pretournament game for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 here Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN1, TVA Sports). "We over-coach, and if a coach tells you he doesn't, he's a liar. We do because that's just our being, quite honestly, because I think coaches care and they want to prepare their players. But the players, if it's a few minutes there, they'll suck some things in for a few minutes and then they may be looking at you, and you think they're listening but they're really not, so you've got to be really careful how much you give them.

"We're OK. We're OK. Every team's going through it. We're good. We've got a good group of guys. It was a bit of a grind for them today. The ice wasn't that good, which doesn't bother me. I'd rather have them skate on that type of ice because I think it'll help them conditioning-wise. But we're not going to get it all within two weeks here. How much do you give them? That's what I fight every day when we prepare our practices, when we show tape. I showed tape today for a half-hour and I'm saying to myself after, 'Did I touch upon too many things instead of focusing on the most important stuff?' So we fight that every day as coaches."

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Why the World Cup matters

USA Today's Kevin Allen answers, "What is the World Cup of Hockey, and why watch?"

The selling point of the World Cup of Hockey is that teams are made up of Grade A premium NHL talent with no filler.

When the World Cup starts Saturday with the U.S. playing Team Europe (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), it will boast a field that is more competitive top-to-bottom than we saw at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“In this tournament you really have to watch yourself, because every team has a chance to win,” Canada center Jonathan Toews said.

Instead of a 12-team Olympic field, the NHL and the NHL Players Association agreed on an eight-team format that includes the primary hockey countries of Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, plus a team made up of the NHL’s best 23-and-under North American players and an European All-Star team. Team Europe has the best NHLers from countries not already in the tournament. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (Slovenia), Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (Slovakia) and Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (Switzerland) are among them.

Only a handful of non-NHL players have been invited to play in this tournament.

“It’s such a condensed tournament,” USA coach John Tortorella said. “You really are seeing the best players.”

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Video- Stephen A. Smith On The Comments From John Tortorella

Smith wants Tortorella removed as head coach of Team USA.

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Will the coach’s challenge survive?

The New York Post's Larry Brooks reports that the coach's challenge, which is as flawed as the referees who judge the game as best they can, will be up for debate this summer, and it may or may not last:

So in the aftermath if after another one of those confounding goaltender-interference video reviews that were supposed to “make it right,” but did not, Columbus coach John Tortorella announced a couple of weeks ago that the Blue Jackets would vote against maintaining the coach’s challenge when it comes up for, well, review this summer.

Slap Shots has learned the Columbus organization won’t be the only one to vote nay on the proposition. There will be others. And though it is impossible to project whether the opposition will form a majority opinion, there is no doubt there is widespread unease with the current system, which merely substitutes one subjective opinion for another.

One man’s “getting it right” is another man’s “still getting it wrong.” This isn’t tennis, where the ball is either in or out and can be proven as such on a player’s challenge.

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Morning Line- John Tortorella

Just get rid of the coach’s challenge. Just get rid of it. The whole (reason for) being of the coach’s challenge is to get it right. If we can’t get it right on that call, then get rid of the coach’s challenge. All I did was waste a timeout. It’s discouraging. That is a no-brainer call. If they vote again for it, no coach’s challenge as far as this organization is concerned.

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on a goal by Boston's Louie Eriksson.  More on the play and the Blue Jackets win over Boston by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

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Video- John Tortorella On His Broken Ribs

via Sportsnet,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella talks about his return after being injure in a collision with Rene Bourque.

 

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Broken Ribs For John Tortorella

via tweets from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

An update on #CBJ head coach John Tortorella: he suffered two broken ribs after a collision in today's practice.

Tortorella did not travel to Boston with the team, and it's unlikely he will coach tomorrow's game vs. the Bruins.

via TSN from earlier today,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has reportedly broken ribs after a collision with forward Rene Bourque during an outdoor practice Friday, according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.

Bourque clipped his coach while he was skating up the left wing and Tortorella went down "hard, twisting and falling awkwardly on hip/rump," according to Mitchell. Bourque said he "hit a rut" before skating into his coach.

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A potential Tortorella classic

The New York Post's Larry Brooks has an idea for the next "Winter Classic moment," if you will:

The Winter Classic is a great event — NHL outdoor games all have been colossal successes on either a local or national stage — but let’s face it, there are few great (inter)national matchups available to command attention beyond the spectacle itself.

You know what would represent a compelling matchup that apparently is nowhere on the league’s agenda? John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets against the Penguins at Ohio State, that’s what.

Seriously.

Can you imagine? Potential combined charges of collusion and whining? Maybe the NHL can and that’s why it would have nothing to do with it.

Instead, get ready for either Rangers-Leafs in Toronto or Penguins-Flyers in either respective city’s pro football stadium.

Yawn.

Brooks continues with more on Brad Marchand and Henrik Lundqvist vs. Corey Schneider

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John Tortorella Earlier Today

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

A day away from the rink gave Jackets coach John Tortorella plenty of time to “chew” (his word) on a 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday, and to contemplate what he called a glaring leadership void that plague’s the NHL’s 30th-place team.

Tortorella did not mince words when he met with the media this afternoon.

“We implode,” Tortorella said of a second period on Friday in which the Jackets turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit.  “Let’s call a spade a spade. It’s embarrassing, and that’s what we are. I’m not going to tiptoe around here. That’s how we play right now and I think I’m going to need to depend on the kids to get us out of this because I’m not getting squat from the top players as far as that stuff.”

The “stuff” would include a pair of odd-man rushes by the Lightning immediately following a goal by Scott Hartnell that gave the Jackets a 2-1 lead followed by three consecutive minor penalties in a span of three seconds.

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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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Video- Morning Line- John Tortorella

via Sportsnet,

Courtesy FSN, John Tortorella took to the podium on Tuesday to express his utter embarrassment on behalf of himself and the team over how the LA Kings made the Blue Jackets look like boys among men.

 

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Video- John Tortorella After A 2-1 Shootout Loss To The Florida Panthers

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Tortorella didn’t think the Blue Jackets were stoked enough to play the Panthers, like they would be to play, say, the Pittsburgh Penguins or, tonight’s opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I don’t understand how we can disrespect an opponent when we’re looking up at all 29 teams,” Tortorella said. “It’s another lesson that we’re going to have to learn as we keep plugging away here, trying to get ourselves well.

“But this one … I didn’t expect this one. I thought we were beginning to find our way. But as a group, right on through the lineup, it was disrespectful to our opponent.”

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John Tortorella On Ryan Johansen

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com (5 questions),

What is your feeling on Ryan Johansen?

"It's going to be a process. Joey wants to learn, and he does have a lot to learn. It's great, the points, and I don't want to begrudge him that.

In St. Louis the other night, he made some really good plays. We didn't score a lot, but he was close.

But it's the other part. The other part is how you handle yourself in practice and how you prepare yourself for the practice. Your preparation for games. It's the little things you do as you're trying to become a pro, because Joey has a lot to learn as far as what it is to be a pro. I say that and that shouldn't surprise anybody because he's still a fairly young man in this game. The points are great. That's great. But I don't judge him on the points.

I watch his game and we're going through a teaching process. We're trying to get the right type of foundation on what it is to be a pro and what's the definition of competing, what's the definition of hardness, what is the definition of engagement. It's all those things. He's right in the middle of it with us."

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Morning Line- John Tortorella

“We’re not going to whine here. Pittsburgh can whine. Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league, so there’s no room for any other team to whine. We’ll just go about our business.”

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets when asked about Brandon Dubinsky's suspension.  More on the Blue Jackets from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The video version via Sportsnet,

 

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John Tortorella After Thirty Days In Columbus

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Tortorella was asked to assess his first 30 days, personally and professionally, this afternoon. The Jackets are 8-7 since he replaced Todd Richards on Oct. 21.

Forget the personal part.

“The only thing I worry about is the team,” Tortorella said. “Am I where I want to be with the team? No. We still have a lot of work to do. The biggest points – and they are two things you can control: We need to be consistently harder, and we need to play with pace. Those are two big points that we’re trying to get situated.”

There is always a push when a coaching change is made. Cliché, but true. It wasn’t readily apparent when Tortorella took over – the Jackets were 4-3 in his first seven games – but there has not been a pronounced drop when the newness wore off, either.

“It’s been up and down,” Tortorella said. “I don’t look at it as a lull. It’s been up and down. A big reason why we bring them in (to practice yesterday and today) is because we don’t have a full understanding of the standard we need to be at in all areas of the game. Some things you can’t control in our game, but it’s how hard you play, how hard you are with your bite as a team, and the pace you play with – you can control that.”

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Video- John Tortorella After A 5-3 Loss To The Vancouver Canucks

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Asked if Foligno was snakebit, Tortorella said, “That’s great. Snakebit. We need a big play out of him. He had a couple of chances to score. We’re going to say, ‘Nick, his game is coming.’ But to me, he needs to make a big play.

“We’ve got to stop these moral victories and find a way to grind that out. We were not hard enough when we were up 3-2. We were not hard enough mentally and defensively, away from the puck, and that’s what cost us that game.”

And that is the Blue Jackets’ season to date, in 100 words or fewer.

The Jackets are 4-12-0. They are 4-5 under Tortorella, and they have begun to describe their identity — which, in a word, is “tenacious.” Yet there are some lingering problems, which, for some strange reason, are most pronounced at home.

Tortorella called out the team’s captain, but only because Tortorella was asked about Foligno’s fruitless shot. He could have cited any number of players for crimes and misdemeanors.

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“He’s John Tortorella”

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

"Thumbs down" to what rates a "thumbs up" in Columbus these days - a one-goal loss. In John Tortorella's first game behind the bench, the Blue Jackets were beaten 3-2 by Minnesota on Thursday night. Their first one-goal loss of the season, it was. The trouble is, of course, they don't have their first win yet.

But they do have their first taste of Tortorella. He's not just Todd Richards' replacement - he's John Tortorella, the coach who has run out of jobs... until he lands the next one. It seems there will always be another one, though Mike Keenan might have spoiled it for him in Russia. The Columbus players know about him if they don't actually know him. He has their attention already. Star centre Ryan Johansen was removed from the top line with Nick Foligno and Brandon Saad and didn't see the ice in the last six minutes of the loss to the Wild. Quite predictable and hardly dramatic that Torts would announce his arrival that way.

He preaches patience while he desperately seeks to end his new team's record-breaking eight-game losing streak. Thus, he is surely impatient. But don't ask him to explain his conflicting priorities. He's John Tortorella. 

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Why John Tortorella Is The Head Coach In Columbus

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

So, why Torts?

With apologies to a credible but out-of-work NHL coach such as Randy Carlyle, the Jackets clearly weren’t enamored with the unemployed coaching pool. Columbus already took David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leaf tire fire, they weren’t about take the coach (Carlyle) who was consumed in that blaze, too.

Guy Boucher, who came within a Mike Babcock change of heart of being Toronto’s new coach and once chose Tampa over Columbus for his first NHL head-coaching gig, didn’t have an in-season out clause from his Swiss League contract. Which is to suggest if an NHL team really, really wanted Boucher, it could probably find a (financial) way to make that happen, but Columbus was looking for something fast and furious.

There are all sorts of up-and-comers in the coaching fraternity – Travis Green in Utica, amongst many more – but Columbus was dialing 9-1-1 and couldn’t or wouldn’t want to take a chance on a first-timer. Plus, from the moment Larry Brooks of the New York Post first legitimized in mainstream media the possibility of Tortorella to Columbus, you could sense the Jackets were going for a high-impact option, a move that would get its beleaguered fans to sit up and take notice. Love him or loathe him, Torts is that guy.

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Video- Hockey Central On John Tortorella As The New Head Coach Of The Columbus Blue Jackets

via Sportsnet,

Hockey Central at Noon discussion on John Tortorella hopefully becoming the saviour in Columbus, with Nick Kypreos saying he’s a great coach and good guy, but the issue always becomes his off-ice antics.

 

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