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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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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

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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

Columbus' 34 wins in 2016-17 matches its total from the previous campaign.

The Blue Jackets still have 30 games left to add to that total. Columbus has never won more than 43 contests in a single season, but at this rate the Blue Jackets shouldn't have a problem breaking that franchise record.
Feb 9 - 4:23 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are only 6-8-1 since their 16 game winning streak ended a month ago.

The Blue Jackets were firing on all cylinders in December and early January but the wheels have fallen off of late as they have allowed at least four goals in each of the last six games, including a 5-1 loss Saturday. "I thought there were probably three or four guys who were ready (to play)," coach John Tortorella said. "And then, from there, it's a long list of guys who it was a bit of a struggle. When you have that few guys going, you're going to find a hard way to win a hockey game."
Feb 5 - 8:07 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is concerned that his team starts making defensive mistakes under pressure.

That can lead to strong momentum shifts against them, like the one seen on Tuesday when Columbus was up 6-0 over the New York Rangers in the third period only to allow four unanswered goals and barely walk away with the two points. "I think we've been spooked," Tortorella said. He added, "We're gravitating (toward the puck), and it's almost like we're playing man-to-man on defense, and we don't play man-to-man. There's no communication, so a lot of people get (stuck) in between. Four or five times (against the Rangers), it's a 2-on-zero in front of our net. There's a number of times they had guys just wide open." The Blue Jackets took everyone by surprise earlier this season and they still command an impressive 33-12-4 record, but they're facing more adversity now and how they respond to it will be a big test.
Feb 2 - 7:00 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella thinks letting retired hockey legends coach in more All-Star Games is a good idea.

Tortorella was going to be the Metropolitan Division's coach in the All-Star Game, but he missed the weekend for personal reasons. As a result the league got Wayne Gretzky to be the team's bench boss. "I'll tell you, it turned out to be something really good to have Wayne Gretzky on the bench," said Tortorella. "Maybe it's a little bit of a message to the league - that's what should happen because the boys had a blast. Maybe that's the way you go. I don't want to dictate policy to the league, but that was a pretty cool thing." It would be nice to see the league's all-star players being coached by the elite from the previous generation.
Jan 31 - 4:19 AM

Columbus Blue Jackets' coach John Tortorella has a soft spot for dogs, which has prompted his absence from this weekend's All-Star festivities.

"I needed a few days during the All-Star break - not having to go to the All-Star Game - to take care of something very important to my family and my son," Tortorella said. As it turns out, one of his five dogs is on their way out and he concluded that family comes first. The family's pit bull Emma, who is 10, belongs to his son Nick who is abroad as an U.S. Army Ranger. "I needed to see this through," Tortorella said. He and his wife Christine head the The John and Christine Tortorella Foundation which, among other things, finds homes to rescue and foster dogs. Unfortunately, he'll have to miss the Blue Jackets' first game back from break as a result of missing the festivities.
Jan 27 - 9:28 PM

John Tortorella will miss both Columbus' game Thursday night and the All-Star Game due to a family emergency.

"Regrettably, there is a personal matter that requires my immediate attention that will force me to leave the team and miss the All-Star Game in Los Angeles. This decision was not made lightly," Tortorella said. He hopes to rejoin the team next week. He would have been the head coach of the Metropolitan Division.
Jan 26 - 5:55 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have given up goals with 16.5 seconds to go in the third in two straight games.

On Saturday, it cost them at least at point as the Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4 while on Sunday it cost Sergei Bobrovsky a shutout against the Flyers but Columbus did win it in overtime. It was their first win in three games after going on a 16 game winning streak that ended Thursday.
Jan 9 - 7:34 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Brandon Dubinsky
2Alexander Wennberg
3William Karlsson
4Lukas Sedlak
LW1Boone Jenner
2Brandon Saad
3Scott Hartnell
4Matt Calvert
5Sonny Milano
6Markus Hannikainen
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Nick Foligno
3Sam Gagner
4Oliver Bjorkstrand
5Josh Anderson
6Lauri Korpikoski
7David Clarkson
D1Zach Werenski
2Seth Jones
3Jack Johnson
4Ryan Murray
5David Savard
6Scott Harrington
7Kyle Quincey
8Gabriel Carlsson
9Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Joonas Korpisalo
3Anton Forsberg