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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 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

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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

When Columbus plays New Jersey on Saturday, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella will be making history.

Tortorella will become the first non-Canadian head coach to serve behind the bench for 1,000 games. He coached Tampa Bay for 535 games, the New York Rangers for 319 contests, Vancouver for 82 games, and this will be his 64th showing with Columbus. "I feel so fortunate to be given the opportunities to coach players for as long as I have," Tortorella said. "I believe there are other coaches out there who are better coaches, but have not been given the opportunities I’ve been given. I’m not saying this to be an idiot. I believe it. There are better coaches out there who have not even been given a chance in the NHL, just because of timing, the people they know, whatever it may be. It’s funny how this business works."
Mar 19 - 4:59 AM

Columbus leads the league in total penalty minutes and fighting majors.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella doesn't want the Blue Jackets to be cheap or over the top, but he does want them to put an emphasis on physical play. "(Hard play) needs to be part of our identity," Tortorella said. "We’re not going to be this free-wheeling hockey team, trading (scoring) chances with the other team. We’re not built that way. There’s nothing the matter with us. I don’t care what anybody is saying about us." Columbus is likely to further build around that philosophy going into the 2016-17 campaign. The Blue Jackets failed to make the playoffs this season, but Tortorella was inheriting a 0-7-0 team, so it's hard to put that on him. Still, the expectation is that the Blue Jackets' will challenge for a spot next season.
Mar 16 - 10:50 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella feels he's got a much better understanding with his team now.

"I'm still trying to figure them out, and I still haven't got it all done. but it's come along," Tortorella said. "We're doing a ton of teaching. When you go into the teaching and have conversation, and there's back and forth ... that's been really encouraging, the back and forth ... you learn more about each other. Yeah, I think it's getting closer to really feeling more comfortable with one another." Columbus got off to a 0-7-0 start before Tortorella came in and since then he's been tasked with teaching the Blue Jackets on the fly. Along the way, they've posted a 23-21-7 record under Tortorella. It'll be interesting to see how the team does in 2016-17 after they've had the benefit of going through a training camp with Tortorella.
Feb 19 - 11:08 AM

While the Blue Jackets are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline, team president John Davidson made it clear that there won't be a fire sale.

"We’re in the midst of a build, three and a half years into it," Davidson said. "Now that first half-year (the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season) is kind of getting-to-know-you. But three years into the build, some things have gone well and some things haven’t. But, no, we’re not looking to tear this thing down." Columbus has disappointed this season, but it's already made some major changes in response to that, including naming John Tortorella as the new head coach and trading Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones. We might also see the Blue Jackets part ways with Scott Hartnell and Fedor Tyutin before the deadline expires.
Feb 16 - 9:21 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking less bad penalties under coach John Tortorella.

Tortorella has benched his players for taking dumb penalties including Scott Hartnell who has missed a couple of games as a healthy scratch for some penalties. Dalton Prout has taken only two minors in his last 16 games after some poor penalties. It looks like Tortorella has Columbus playing smart hockey and it is showing on the scoreboard as the Blue Jackets are 6-1-2 in their last nine.
Feb 15 - 6:38 AM

Having now recovered enough from his broken ribs to resume coaching the Blue Jackets, John Tortorella has joined the team for a game in Vancouver on Thursday.

Tortorella coached the Vancouver Canucks, but that didn't go well and he was fired after just one season on the job. "It takes more time than (one year) for you to get your team concept to your team, for your team to understand you and for you to understand your team. I wanted to see it through," Tortorella said. Smiling, he added, "You guys (in the media) were crawling up my (back) and all over me, but I still think we would have seen it through and we would have understood each other better if we would have stayed together. But we didn’t. And for me, I’m very fortunate to get another opportunity." Thus far, Tortorella's tenure with Columbus seems to have gone better than his time in Vancouver, though the real test will come next season as this campaign is largely lost for the Blue Jackets.
Feb 4 - 10:56 AM

After missing three games because of broken ribs, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is happy to be back behind the bench.

He took part in the team's practice in Edmonton today, and he'll return to his familiar position tomorrow. "I had no question as far as how everything was going to be handled," Tortorella said of his absence. "It’s not like I was missed or anything, it’s just selfishly, for me, I want to be with the team. It was frustrating because you’re not there and you want to be there. I would not have helped – it would have been more of a distraction. I’m just happy I’m back with the team now." Tortorella was injured after forward Rene Bourque slid into him during a team practice. The Jackets went 2-0-1 in his absence.
Feb 1 - 8:36 PM

Look for John Tortorella to be back behind Columbus' bench after the All-Star break.

Tortorella didn't coach in the final three games before the break because he suffered broken ribs during a team practice. Blue Jackets General Manager told the Post-Dispatch that Tortorella will participate in the team's practice in Edmonton on Monday and be ready to coach on Tuesday night.
Jan 30 - 2:55 PM

Associate coach Craig Hartsburg took control behind the Columbus bench Saturday.

Hartsburg was in charge as John Tortorella is out with two broken ribs, which he suffered during Friday's practice when Rene Bourque ran into him. He is doubtful for games on Monday and Tuesday as well. "He's hurting," Hartsburg said. "I talked to him briefly. He didn't much sleep. He basically said he can't move (without pain). It's a tough thing for him, and obviously for us. His health is the most important thing."
Jan 24 - 8:32 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets' injury woes now unfortunately extend to head coach John Tortorella.

Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque collided into Tortorella during Friday's practice. Tortorella suffered two broken ribs as a result and didn't fly with his team to Boston. The Blue Jackets will play against the Bruins on Saturday, but he will almost certainly be absent from that game.
Jan 22 - 4:35 PM

John Tortorella regrets his actions on Jan. 18, 2014, when he tried to get into the Calgary Flames' locker room between periods.

Tortorella was upset about the Calgary starting its fourth line against his then Vancouver Canucks. Tortorella responded by starting his fourth unit and it resulted in a line brawl at the beginning of the game. His decision to try and get into the Flames' locker room while still angry over that resulted in him being suspended by the league. "It was absolute stupidity," Tortorella said of that action. "I don’t want to talk much about it because I’m embarrassed by it. I know the questions coming up, and I will answer it this one time: My heart was in the right place in what I thought I was doing at that time. Obviously, I wasn’t thinking clearly. But I cared about my team at that point in time."
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 21 - 10:44 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Brandon Dubinsky
2Alexander Wennberg
3William Karlsson
4Gregory Campbell
5Michael Chaput
LW1Boone Jenner
2Scott Hartnell
3Matt Calvert
4Rene Bourque
5Brett Gallant
RW1Brandon Saad
2Nick Foligno
3Cam Atkinson
4Jared Boll
5David Clarkson
D1Jack Johnson
2David Savard
3Ryan Murray
4Seth Jones
5Fedor Tyutin
6Cody Goloubef
7Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney