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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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Team USA is in a bad spot after dropping their World Cup opener to Team Europe on Saturday.
It's safe to say that head coach John Tortorella wasn't pleased with his team's effort in their 3-0 loss. "We've put ourselves in this spot and now we're chasing," Tortorella said. "We're chasing the tournament. It's a spot we didn't want to be in. It's a very dangerous spot but we are here. We just need to stay together and not blow ourselves up here. Have a couple good days of practice, get ready for our next opponent and try to do better." Things won't get any easier for the Americans, as they'll take on Team Canada on Tuesday. Sep 18 - 11:28 AM

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John Tortorella will bench any of his players if they don't stand for the national anthem.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been making a political statement by not standing for the American national anthem prior to football games this preseason. Although every NFL organization has said it's the player's right to sit or stand during the anthem, Tortorella won't tolerate it. "If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game," Tortorella said. "It is hockey, but I also think it is a huge platform for us to represent our country. Especially in today’s world, with everything is going on."
Source: NY Post
Sep 10 - 10:09 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have extended the contracts of AHL head coach Jared Bednar and AHL goalie coach Manny Legace.

The AHL's Lake Erie Monsters won the 2016 Calder Cup under that leadership. In addition to those re-signings, Steve McCarthy is joining the team as an assistant coach, replacing Nolan Pratt after he was hired by the Colorado Avalanche.
Jul 17 - 8:05 AM

Nelson Ayotte has reportedly joined the Columbus Blue Jackets and will work under the title "high performance director."

Ayotte previously served as the St. Louis Blues strength and conditioning coach. It sounds like the plan is to keep Kevin Collins as the Blue Jackets' strength and conditioning coach though, hence the new title for Ayotte. It's not clear what Ayotte's new role will be exactly.
Jul 12 - 9:40 AM

Larry Hoepfner, who was the executive vice president of business operations, has left the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hoepfner had been a high-ranking member of the Blue Jackets' business side for over a decade. "On behalf of everyone at the Blue Jackets and the numerous individuals throughout our business community that have worked with Larry over the past 11 years, I want to thank him for his dedication and tireless work on behalf of our organization," president of business operations Mike Priest said. "I wish him and his wife, Molly, nothing but the best in the future." It's not clear what Hoepfner's further plans are, only that he left to pursue other opportunities.
Jul 10 - 12:05 PM

Basil McRae has rejoined the Columbus Blue Jackets as their director of player personnel.

McRae previously served as a scout for the organization in 2013-14. He's a part owner of the OHL's London Knights and has been their general manager for the past two campaigns. With McRae at the helm, the Knights won the 2016 Memorial Cup.
Jul 7 - 4:58 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets might trade down from the No. 3 pick.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen doesn't want to trade out of the top-10 though. "We're getting some serious and real offers right now," Kekalainen said. "We're making sure we have them all lined up so that we can compare them and see what the best one is and whether it's worth consideration. I've talked to every team in the top 10. We've got their interest in what they want to do. We have a pretty good idea for what everybody's intentions are, what it might take and what they might offer if they want to move up to three." If there's a trade for the No. 3 pick, it's likely to happen after the first two selections are already done.
Jun 24 - 8:50 AM

John Tortorella was happy to land assistant coach Brad Shaw.

"We went through a really good process of interviewing guys; our two minor-league guys we talked to also," said Tortorella. "When Shawsy became available, he was a guy I zeroed in on. Jarmo and I went through the process together, but he allowed me to kind of get in front of it here as far as who I wanted. When Army (Blues GM Doug Armstrong) gave them permission to start looking (for jobs throughout the NHL) … as soon as (Shaw) called me, I got with Jarmo and said we have to put this guy at the head of the list." Shaw had been with St. Louis for each of the last nine seasons.
Jun 19 - 9:46 AM

Brad Shaw has joined the Blue Jackets' coaching staff as an assistant, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Shaw will fill the void left by the retired Craig Hartsburg. Previously with the St. Louis Blues, Shaw could help the Blue Jackets bolster their penalty kill.
Jun 17 - 8:30 AM

According to sources, Brad Shaw thinking over an offer to join the coaching staff of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He left the St. Louis Blues last month after 10 seasons with the organization. Shaw could be an associate coach with Columbus, which is the same position he held under Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis since the 2012-13 season.
Jun 14 - 11:05 AM

TSN's Bob McKenzie told Vancouver's TSN 1040 radio that Columbus could trade down from the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

"The sense that a lot of people are getting right now is that the Columbus Blue Jackets are not sold on Jesse Puljujarvi at that spot," said McKenzie, "and that they might be looking for a more positionally-oriented name, and that is a center." Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen stated that he has received offers for the No. 3 selection, but nothing has come in yet that he would consider moving on.
Jun 11 - 12:04 PM

Columbus moving up to the third overall pick in the draft will likely lead to them selecting either Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi.

Both of those Finnish forwards have plenty of upside and might already be ready to play at the NHL level. "Those kids are special players," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "Big and skilled and fast. They're early in their careers, but they have already played at a high level and had success in big tournaments." While the Blue Jackets' didn't win the lottery, this is the first time it resulted in them moving up in the draft order.
May 2 - 4:16 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will draft third overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

Columbus finished 26th overall in 2015-16, but were lucky enough to win a spot in the top three portion of the lottery and jumping Edmonton in the process. If they forego moving off their spot, they'll be left with likely one of Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujärvi.
Apr 30 - 8:36 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets associate coach Craig Hartsburg has announced his retirement from coaching.

Hartsburg will continue to work for the Blue Jackets in a different capacity. "I’ve been very fortunate to spend the past 30-plus years in the game as a player or coach and have enjoyed every minute of it, but my priority now is to spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren," said Hartsburg. "I have really enjoyed my time in Columbus, working with both John Tortorella and Todd Richards, and appreciate the opportunity to continue to be part of the organization in a role that will also allow me to devote more time to my family." Hartsburg has worked for the Blue Jackets since 2012. As a head coach he served in 491 games behind the bench with Chicago, Anaheim, and Ottawa. He had a 201-208-69-13 record in that capacity.
Apr 13 - 4:11 PM

Although coach John Tortorella wasn't there for the start of the Blue Jackets' campaign, he put some of the blame on himself for Columbus' failed season.

By the time Tortorella stepped into the picture, the Blue Jackets were already 0-7-0. They went 34-33-8 under Tortorella. "I feel like I’ve let the organization down, and I haven’t done enough to get this straightened out," Tortorella said. Going forward, two areas in particular that he wants to see the team improve on is their defensive play and discipline. He'll get an opportunity to shape the team by further mapping out his plan over the summer and then leading the squad in training camp - something he wasn't around for in 2015.
Apr 12 - 11:01 AM

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5Gregory Campbell
6Lukas Sedlak
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3Scott Hartnell
4Matt Calvert
5Sonny Milano
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Nick Foligno
3Josh Anderson
4Oliver Bjorkstrand
5David Clarkson
D1Seth Jones
2Ryan Murray
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4Zach Werenski
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
7Scott Harrington
8Markus Nutivaara
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2Curtis McElhinney
3Joonas Korpisalo