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John Tortorella | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (57) / 6/24/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 175

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Columbus has killed 15 straight penalties in the last four games.
The Blue Jackets rank 18th in the league on the penalty kill for a 79.4 percent success rate. Columbus has been much better since John Tortorella took over behind the bench. The team has killed 86 percent of their penalties (36 of 42). Nov 16 - 4:59 PM

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Columbus has a 0-5-0 record at home this season.

The Jackets have been outscored 24-10 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus is back at home Tuesday night against Vancouver after winning two of three contests on their recently completed road trip.
Nov 10 - 5:42 PM

John Tortorella lost his first game back behind the bench with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, a 3-2 defeat in Minnesota.

The Blue Jackets actually led the Wild 2-1 after the first period, but allowed two second-period goals to suffer their eighth defeat in as many games this season. The loss broke a 72-year-old record for the worst start to an NHL season, but that is not on Torts. The veteran coach will try and help the team win their first game of the year on Saturday versus Colorado.
Oct 22 - 11:22 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are going into tonight's contest against Minnesota with the goal of avoiding history.

Columbus is already 0-7-0 so another regulation loss would break a 72-year-old record for the worst start to an NHL season. In response to their early season struggles, the Blue Jackets fired coach Todd Richards and replaced him with John Tortorella. Perhaps the change will provide the Blue Jackets with an immediate spark.
Oct 22 - 9:52 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will surrender a second round pick to Vancouver in exchange for coach John Tortorella.

Columbus hired Tortorella on Wednesday and while the bench boss hadn't worked with the Canucks since the 2013-14 campaign, he was still under contract. The new rules state that hiring a coach from another team during the regular season calls for a second round pick as compensation, so here we are. The good news for Columbus is that the pick can come from any of the next three drafts, so if the Blue Jackets don't turn things around this season then they don't have to surrender their pick yet.
Oct 22 - 9:50 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired bench boss Todd Richards and replaced him with John Tortorella.

Tortorella brings with him a wealth of experience and a Stanley Cup championship, but he's also no stranger to controversy. He's had clashes with the media and served a 15-day suspension in 2013-14 over an incident that involved him trying to confront Flames coach Bob Hartley in the hallway near the Flames' locker room. Tortorella's hiring might also be bad news for the team from an offensive perspective, although he might be what the team needs defensively and could in turn save goalie Sergei Bobrovsky's season. At the end of the day, the Blue Jackets' disastrous start necessitated a move and perhaps Tortorella will be the spark that they need.
Oct 21 - 9:46 AM

John Tortorella will coach Team USA at the 2016 World Cup.

The winningest American-born coach in NHL history, with 446 victories, hasn't been behind the bench since he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks on May 1, 2014. Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette was probably the favorite after his team's success last year. He is also poised to pass Tortorella on the all-time American coach win list this season (436).
Sep 22 - 11:12 AM

Former Canucks head coach John Tortorella said he'd like to coach again in the future.

Tortorella was fired after leading the Canucks to a 36-35-11 record in 2013-14. "Yeah, I want to coach again,'' Tortorella said. "I hope I get that chance, and if I don't, well, then, that's just the way it is and I'll move on. But I do want to coach again.'' Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup championship in 2003-04.
Feb 15 - 10:38 AM

John Tortorella acknowledged that he deserved to be fired following the Canucks' disappointing 2013-14 campaign.

Vancouver failed to make the playoffs after Tortorella led them to a 36-35-11 record. "I don't think I did the job for our team in the second half [of the season] with our consistency, and I think that’s what cost me my job," Tortorella said on 620 WDAE. "We couldn't stop the losing streaks. We needed to win a couple games within those areas. Quite honestly, I deserved to be fired after that second half of the year." Among other things, Vancouver's offense struggled under Tortorella's system, going from 2.54 goals per game in 2013, to 2.33 during Tortorella's tenure, to 2.76 this season.
Feb 13 - 11:38 AM

The Vancouver Canucks made the firing of coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan official on Thursday.

"Today we are making an important change in the direction of our team," president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said. "On behalf of the entire organization, we extend our thanks to John, Mike and their families for their commitment to the Canucks and wish them the very best. We have a lot of important work to accomplish this off-season as we build our management and coaching staff, improve our roster and connect with our fans. Our general manager search is well underway and we will begin assessing head coaching candidates immediately." Tortorella lasted just one year behind the bench with the Canucks. The team finished with a 36-35-11 record, which placed them 25th overall in the league.
Thu, May 1, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Farhan Lalji of TSN is reporting that Vancouver coach John Tortorella will be fired on Thursday.

Tortorella inked a five-year/$10 million deal last off-season so the Canucks will be on the hook for four more seasons, but it was a move that had to be made as the Canucks, who were highly-regarded heading into the season, missed the playoffs. Tortorella may not be able to find another head coaching job in the NHL, so this could be the end for the fiery coach.
Thu, May 1, 2014 01:37:00 AM

John Tortorella's future might not be decided for a while.

Canucks president Trevor Linden wants "to make sure that I'm seeing things clearly" before making a decision regarding Tortorella. Linden added that his as-of-yet unhired general manager would get to pick the team's head coach, so Tortorella might stick around until the Canucks hire a general manager. Vancouver missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008 under Tortorella.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Calgary Flames bossman has a message for Vancouver coach John Tortorella.

"Shut your mouth, and worry about your team — leave my coach alone," said Burke publicly to the Vancouver Canucks head coach when asked about Tortorella’s latest complaining about the head coach of the Calgary Flames following the team's season finale on the West Coast. "John Tortorella, who is a friend of mine, should start worrying about John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks and stop worrying about us. Our coach (Bob Hartley) acted completely appropriately. . ."Apparently what outraged him was the cardinal sin of arguing for a penalty while Daniel Sedin was being tended to on the ice. Well … when is he supposed to argue for a penalty?" asked Burke. "Paul Byron hit him. We think it was a hockey play — we don’t think it was worth five minutes, and we don’t think it’s worth further review."
Source: Calgary Sun
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 09:57:00 AM

The Vancouver Canucks have named Trevor Linden as the team's president of hockey operations.

Linden's first task will be to find a replacement for GM Mike Gillis, who was fired on Tuesday. The future of Canucks coach John Tortorella also remains unclear. Linden retired from the NHL as a player in 2007-08 after scoring 375 goals and 867 points in 1,382 games. He was the King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner in 1997 and served as the team captain. He is also the former president of the NHLPA.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been fired.

The fact that Gillis has been relieved of his duties isn't shocking given how terribly the 2013-14 campaign has gone for Vancouver. In particular, he was the subject of heavy criticism for his handling of the Canucks' goaltending situation, which involved them trying to trade Roberto Luongo, only to trade one of the league's best young goalies instead in Cory Schneider. He then ended up moving Luongo less than a year later anyways. The question now is what this means for coach John Tortorella, who has also been blamed heavily for the team's shortcomings this season. Is it possible that Tortorella might survive despite the departure of Gillis?
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 02:51:00 PM

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