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John Tortorella | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (59) / 6/24/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 175

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Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella doesn't like considering certain games to be must-wins.
"You have to be really careful about the ‘must-win’ and ‘do-or-die’ and those kind of lines," Tortorella said. "We still have a number of hockey games left to be played. It’s so close, we just have to take it one game at a time." The risk about calling a game a 'must-win' when that's not literal from a mathematical perspective is that losing such a game might demoralize a team that still has a chance at making the playoffs. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Blue Jackets have a one-point lead in the battle for the second Wild Card spot, but they've played in three more games than Florida. Every contest from now until the end of the season could be big for Columbus, but obviously they can't be expected to win all of them. Mar 6 - 5:09 AM

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A number of key Blue Jacket forwards are mired in significant scoring slumps.

Boone Jenner has registered only four points in Columbus' last 21 games, while Nick Foligno has recorded only one assist in the team's last 10 contests. Certainly the team's production has been impacted by injuries to Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wenneberg and Brandon Dubinsky, but veterans such as Jenner and Foligno have failed to step up. Without some offensive support, it won't matter how well Sergei Bobrovsky plays in goal--the Jackets will have trouble winning games.
Jan 6 - 9:44 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are far away from the pace they set last season when they had 108 points.

The Blue Jackets were outstanding last season as they had the fourth best record in the NHL. This season the Blue Jackets are ninth best with 46 points but it is very tight unlike last season when they were 14-0 in December to pull away. "To think this would be like last year, with the winning streak and all that, would be unrealistic," defenseman Seth Jones said. "We got younger, we knew it would be a challenge to find our identity early. We wavered a bit, but for the most part, we have consistently played decent hockey."
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 05:56:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are thriving on the penalty kill.

That's the good news as their power play is the worst in the NHL with only eight goals on 85 chances. Columbus has allowed only two goals on the penalty kill in their last 36 opportunities and are now third best in the NHL at the man-disadvantage.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 06:46:00 AM

John Tortorella earned his 100th victory as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Tortorella was the third head coach to ever win at least 100 games with the franchise. This was also his 546th career victory, which puts him just three wins back of Marc Crawford and 20th place on the all-time list.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 06:42:00 AM

Columbus has set a franchise record with its October showing.

The Blue Jackets are 8-4-0 this season, which translates to the most points they've earned in an October. In the first month of 2016-17 they went a mediocre 3-3-1 before heating up in November and then really getting rolling with their 16-game winning streak from Nov. 29 through Jan. 3. Expectations were high going into this season after they managed to make the playoffs and so far they've risen to the challenge.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 05:06:00 AM

With their 2-1 win over Winnipeg Friday night, the Blue Jackets are off to their best start in franchise history.

The Jackets are 7-3 after 10 games. Columbus will face a huge test Saturday night, however. The Jackets will travel to St. Louis to face the Central Division-leading Blues, who are 8-2-1.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 09:53:00 AM

Columbus has failed to convert on its last 18 power-play opportunities.

The Blue Jackets went 0-for-3 with the man advantage on Thursday en route to a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay. "Our power play has to give us a goal somewhere along the way," said Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. "We’re just going to keep working at it and hopefully good things happen. I think the scheme is good, we have some really good players. We just haven’t gotten out of the gate with the power play. I think tonight was the night we felt it. We found ways to win games (before). We needed our power play tonight not only to score a goal — I don’t know if we win the game or not — but just to give us some juice." Columbus definitely has the talent in place to have an effective power play and it wouldn't be surprising to see the squad bounce back in that regard.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 10:22:00 AM

John Tortorella has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

Tortorella has led the Blue Jackets to an 84-57-16 record and a .586 points percentage since he joined the team on Oct. 21, 2015. He also coached the Blue Jackets to their best season in franchise history in 2016-17 and claimed the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 01:13:00 PM

John Tortorella is entering the final season of his five-year, $10 million contract.

The Blue Jackets have only been paying $750,000 of that annually with the rest being covered by the team that originally signed Tortorella to that deal, the Vancouver Canucks. Given that Tortorella just won the Jack Adams Award for the second time and that coaching salaries have been rising dramatically in recent years, Tortorella could end up getting a big pay bump.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 05:49:00 AM

John Tortorella was named the Jack Adams Award winner.

The Jack Adams Award goes to the season's top head coach. This is the second time that Tortorella has won the award, making him the first repeat winner since Jacques Lemaire. Tortorella is being honored for guiding the Blue Jackets to a 50-24-8 record, which is the best in their franchise history. It's also a 32-point jump from their finish in 2015-16.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 09:32:00 PM

John Tortorella and the Columbus Blue Jackets have started talking about a contract extension.

Tortorella's contract will expire at the end of next season and look for the Adams Trophy finalist to command more than $2 million per season. "(Tortorella) needs to want to extend with us," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We’re hoping he does. We certainly want to. He did a great job for us, together with his coaching staff. I don’t ever want to pin it on just him; he has a great staff helping him out. There’s no coach in the world, in my opinion, who can coach a team well without any good players. We have some great young talent, and I think he can bring our team to the next level. So hopefully we get it done."
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 08:38:00 AM

Columbus has sent a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft to the Vancouver Canucks as compensation for hiring John Tortorella.

The Blue Jackets had to give up a second-round pick in one of the next three NHL drafts, so it makes perfect sense to do that now. Columbus had the fourth-best record in the league, so the pick will be No. 55 overall.
Wed, May 31, 2017 05:05:00 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly interviewed Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito.

Buffalo is in the process of hiring a new general manager. Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Mike Futa was also recently interviewed for the job. Zito was promoted to the role of assistant general manager with Columbus in 2015 and has been a member of the Blue Jackets' organization since 2013. Before that he was a player agent with clients that included Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask, and Kimmo Timonen.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 02:29:00 PM

John Tortorella has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

Columbus definitely exceeded expectations this year. After finishing with a 34-40-8 record in 2015-16, Tortorella helped lead the Blue Jackets to a third-place finish in the Metropolitan Division (50-24-8). Tortorella has already won the Jack Adams Award once before in 2003-04. Toronto's Mike Babcock and Edmonton's Todd McLellan are the other two finalists for the award.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 07:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Alexander Wennberg
2Nick Foligno
3Brandon Dubinsky
4Mark Letestu
5Lukas Sedlak
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Pierre-Luc Dubois
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Markus Hannikainen
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Josh Anderson
3Thomas Vanek
4Oliver Bjorkstrand
5Sonny Milano
D1Zach Werenski
2Seth Jones
3Jack Johnson
4David Savard
5Ryan Murray
6Ian Cole
7Taylor Chorney
8Scott Harrington
9Dean Kukan
10Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Joonas Korpisalo