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John Tortorella | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (58) / 6/24/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 175

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With the Blue Jackets' playoff spot guaranteed, they've shifted their focus to fighting for the Presidents' Trophy.
There are four teams in the running for the best record between Washington and Columbus, which have 100 points, as well as Pittsburgh and Chicago, which have 99. Unlike those other three teams, Columbus was never expected to be in the running for that trophy this season. They've vastly exceeded expectations and have already made this the best campaign in their franchise's history. Either way, it's good to have something to fight for until the playoffs start. Mar 21 - 8:19 AM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets set new franchise records in wins (44) and points (94) with their 5-3 victory over Philadelphia on Monday.

Columbus is having the first really good campaign of its franchise's history. Before this season the Blue Jackets had only even made the playoffs twice and now the Blue Jackets are in the running to even win the Presidents' Trophy. The big question is going to be what they do in the playoffs of course, but regardless of what happens there, 2016-17 has been a huge step forward for the Jackets.
Mar 14 - 8:32 AM

Don't expect the Columbus Blue Jackets to acquire any major rental players before the deadline.

While Columbus is certainly in a buyers position with its 36-15-6 record, its also a young team that's still looking towards the long-term. "I don't think we want to get ahead of ourselves, where we try to put all the eggs in one basket in the spring of 2017 and, sort of, go for it," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We're going to go for it if we make the playoffs, (in the sense that) it's going to be a great opportunity for our group. That's the way we should look at the playoffs, if we get there. It's a great opportunity for our group to again earn some respect and prove to people that we belong there." Kekalainen made it clear that there will likely be a time when the Blue Jackets decide to go all-in when it comes to the trade deadline, but he sees their window of opportunity as just beginning to open.
Feb 17 - 4:29 PM

Columbus' 34 wins in 2016-17 matches its total from the previous campaign.

The Blue Jackets still have 30 games left to add to that total. Columbus has never won more than 43 contests in a single season, but at this rate the Blue Jackets shouldn't have a problem breaking that franchise record.
Feb 9 - 4:23 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are only 6-8-1 since their 16 game winning streak ended a month ago.

The Blue Jackets were firing on all cylinders in December and early January but the wheels have fallen off of late as they have allowed at least four goals in each of the last six games, including a 5-1 loss Saturday. "I thought there were probably three or four guys who were ready (to play)," coach John Tortorella said. "And then, from there, it's a long list of guys who it was a bit of a struggle. When you have that few guys going, you're going to find a hard way to win a hockey game."
Feb 5 - 8:07 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is concerned that his team starts making defensive mistakes under pressure.

That can lead to strong momentum shifts against them, like the one seen on Tuesday when Columbus was up 6-0 over the New York Rangers in the third period only to allow four unanswered goals and barely walk away with the two points. "I think we've been spooked," Tortorella said. He added, "We're gravitating (toward the puck), and it's almost like we're playing man-to-man on defense, and we don't play man-to-man. There's no communication, so a lot of people get (stuck) in between. Four or five times (against the Rangers), it's a 2-on-zero in front of our net. There's a number of times they had guys just wide open." The Blue Jackets took everyone by surprise earlier this season and they still command an impressive 33-12-4 record, but they're facing more adversity now and how they respond to it will be a big test.
Feb 2 - 7:00 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella thinks letting retired hockey legends coach in more All-Star Games is a good idea.

Tortorella was going to be the Metropolitan Division's coach in the All-Star Game, but he missed the weekend for personal reasons. As a result the league got Wayne Gretzky to be the team's bench boss. "I'll tell you, it turned out to be something really good to have Wayne Gretzky on the bench," said Tortorella. "Maybe it's a little bit of a message to the league - that's what should happen because the boys had a blast. Maybe that's the way you go. I don't want to dictate policy to the league, but that was a pretty cool thing." It would be nice to see the league's all-star players being coached by the elite from the previous generation.
Jan 31 - 4:19 AM

Columbus Blue Jackets' coach John Tortorella has a soft spot for dogs, which has prompted his absence from this weekend's All-Star festivities.

"I needed a few days during the All-Star break - not having to go to the All-Star Game - to take care of something very important to my family and my son," Tortorella said. As it turns out, one of his five dogs is on their way out and he concluded that family comes first. The family's pit bull Emma, who is 10, belongs to his son Nick who is abroad as an U.S. Army Ranger. "I needed to see this through," Tortorella said. He and his wife Christine head the The John and Christine Tortorella Foundation which, among other things, finds homes to rescue and foster dogs. Unfortunately, he'll have to miss the Blue Jackets' first game back from break as a result of missing the festivities.
Jan 27 - 9:28 PM

John Tortorella will miss both Columbus' game Thursday night and the All-Star Game due to a family emergency.

"Regrettably, there is a personal matter that requires my immediate attention that will force me to leave the team and miss the All-Star Game in Los Angeles. This decision was not made lightly," Tortorella said. He hopes to rejoin the team next week. He would have been the head coach of the Metropolitan Division.
Jan 26 - 5:55 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have given up goals with 16.5 seconds to go in the third in two straight games.

On Saturday, it cost them at least at point as the Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4 while on Sunday it cost Sergei Bobrovsky a shutout against the Flyers but Columbus did win it in overtime. It was their first win in three games after going on a 16 game winning streak that ended Thursday.
Jan 9 - 7:34 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will attempt to tie the NHL's winning streak record on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets will be going for their 17th straight victory when they face the Washington Capitals. As it stands the record for the longest winning streak belongs to the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. If they manage to win that game, then Columbus will have an opportunity to set a new record when it faces the Rangers on Saturday.
Jan 5 - 10:27 AM

A win on Tuesday would give the Columbus Blue Jackets sole possession of the second longest winning streak in NHL history.

Columbus' streak stands at 15 wins and the record stands at 17 by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets' next opponent is the Edmonton Oilers.
Jan 3 - 10:09 AM

The Blue Jackets have enjoyed three consecutive sellouts for the first time since 2007.

Columbus obviously isn't one of the NHL's biggest markets, but it seems the Blue Jackets have attracted attention with their recent success. They've won 13 straight games and sit atop the NHL with a 24-5-4 record. Columbus will go for its 14th consecutive victory on Thursday, but it will be a road game in Winnipeg.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:27:00 AM

Columbus' 12-game winning streak has been one of domination.

The Blue Jackets have outscored their opponents an overwhelming 48-18 over the course of the streak. On top of that, the Vancouver Canucks are the only team to have scored more than two goals on Columbus during the streak (back on Dec. 18). Columbus will try to keep the streak alive on Tuesday against Boston.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 05:10:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will shoot for their 13th win in a row Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets will attempt to become the ninth NHL team in history to record 13 straight wins as they face the Bruins at home. The Blue Jackets are the best team in the NHL with 50 points and they have played only 32 games, three and four games less than the other contenders, save for Minnesota who trail Columbus by four points and have played one less game than the Blue Jackets.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 08:15:00 AM

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C1Brandon Dubinsky
2Alexander Wennberg
3William Karlsson
4Lukas Sedlak
LW1Boone Jenner
2Brandon Saad
3Scott Hartnell
4Matt Calvert
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Nick Foligno
3Sam Gagner
4Lauri Korpikoski
5Josh Anderson
6Oliver Bjorkstrand
7David Clarkson
D1Seth Jones
2Ryan Murray
3Jack Johnson
4Zach Werenski
5David Savard
6Scott Harrington
7Kyle Quincey
8Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Joonas Korpisalo