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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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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. Oct 20 - 10:22 AM

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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.
Jul 31 - 1:13 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.
Jul 16 - 5:49 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.
Jun 21 - 9:32 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."
Jun 18 - 8:38 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.
May 31 - 5:05 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.
Apr 30 - 2:29 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.
Apr 26 - 7:13 PM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was positive about his squad despite their elimination in the first round.

"This is not a 4-1 series," Tortorella said. "I’m not going to piss and moan about it. They win, but I like a lot of things about our club. We have to lick our wounds and learn from some of the things that went on in the series. But I can’t wait to get going again with them. I’m proud of them. I’m very proud of this group." Columbus certainly made a lot of progress this season and given the relative youth of the squad, there's every reason to believe the Blue Jackets are capable of further improvements going forward.
Apr 21 - 10:20 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to make life tough on the Penguins in the first round by playing a very physical game.

"It’s part of who we are," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "That’s a big foundation of this club, the physical play. We can play a lot of different ways. The addition of some of the youth from the Calder Cup team has added more skill to our lineup, but our heartbeat is our physical play. We work off of that, and that needs to be there." Though the Penguins, being the defending Stanley Cup champions, are seen as the favorites going into the first round, it is worth noting that Columbus and Pittsburgh split their season series. This has the potential to be a long, hard fought round between Columbus and Pittsburgh.
Apr 12 - 9:49 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella wants his team to feel like they are at the same level as the league's top teams.

"It looked a little bit to me like we didn’t think we belonged there," Tortorella said, referring to a 2-1 shootout loss to Washington. "We weren’t tentative, but there were times (where we played like) ‘Are we supposed to be here?’ Well, we’re supposed to be here. We have been a good team all year long. They have put themselves through the process of becoming one of the top teams in the league, and I think they should play that way every night — with a swagger, with a bit of arrogance about us." That mentality is going to be important for Columbus once the playoffs starts. If the postseason were to start today, Columbus would be facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Apr 2 - 9:45 AM

the Blue Jackets are the only team this season that haven't suffered a three-game losing streak, but that might end on Saturday against Philadelphia.

Columbus has suffered losses to Toronto and Washington in its last two contests. The fact that the Blue Jackets have avoided a three-game losing streak this season highlights their consistency and highlights that they're far more than the team that enjoyed an incredible 16-game winning streak from Nov. 29 through Jan. 2. Columbus has already made the playoffs, but in the tough Metropolitan Division there's still a close race going on for the first through third seeds, so every game still matters for the Blue Jackets, giving them further incentive to avoid dropping a third straight game.
Mar 25 - 9:47 AM

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

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

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4Lukas Sedlak
5Sam Vigneault
LW1Artemi Panarin
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3Pierre-Luc Dubois
4Matt Calvert
5Markus Hannikainen
RW1Cam Atkinson
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3Sonny Milano
4Josh Anderson
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D1Zach Werenski
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4David Savard
5Ryan Murray
6Scott Harrington
7Gabriel Carlsson
8Markus Nutivaara
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