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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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The Columbus Blue Jackets are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
The Blue Jackets occupy a spot as a wild card but that is because they have played the least amount of games in the NHL at 16. They host the Colorado Avalanche Monday as they try to extend their outstanding play. Nov 21 - 7:29 AM

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With the Blue Jackets in the throes of a 1-16 slump with the man-advantage, coach John Tortorella switched things up at practice Saturday.

Even with the slump, the Blue Jackets still have the best power play in the NHL as they have scored 12 times in 41 chances. That goes to show you how well the team started the season. "Teams have adjusted to us on our power play," Tortorella said. "There are no secrets as how teams are scoring goals in certain situations. They are taking away some things on how we score goals. We have to use some other options." The Jackets employ a 1-3-1 power play and it remains to be seen if they will vary from that on Sunday against the Capitals.
Nov 20 - 6:43 AM

So far the Blue Jackets' offensive depth have been one of their key advantages.

Columbus ranks second in the league with 3.36 goals for per game and the squad is there thanks to a lot of different contributors. Through 14 games they have seven players with at least nine points and seven with at least four goals. They also haven't been leaning on any one line as much as most teams as Nick Foligno is leading the Blue Jackets forwards with 17:28 minutes per game, which means he's getting less ice time than any other club's most used forward with the sole exception of Toronto. "(Center Alexander Wennberg’s) line is probably the most skilled line, but I’m not sure if we have a No. 1 line," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "I think we blend as a team and it’s given me the opportunity to play four lines more than I’ve ever played in my career I think."
Nov 17 - 6:34 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is trying to give Columbus more days off from practice this season.

"Wherever I can get them rest, I'll get them rest," Tortorella said. "I want all of their energy there in the games. You can practice your team right into oblivion, where it doesn't help them win a hockey game, and I'm not going to do that. I always approach it this way. Everybody thinks I'm this lunatic that just grinds his players down ... I look for whenever we get a break." Tortorella went on to note though that this philosophy is contingent on the players responding well in games. In 2015-16 when he inherited a team off to a 0-7-0 start, Tortorella ran frequent practices. So far he believes the 2016-17 squad is "understanding how hard you have to play" though.
Oct 27 - 10:15 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have given up only one power play goal in 16 attempts.

The only time the Blue Jackets have allowed a goal was an empty netter so they really have been sensational at the man-disadvantage. Coach John Tortorella's goal is to be in the top-ten of both specialty departments and the Blue Jackets are well on their way as far as the penalty kill goes.
Oct 24 - 8:19 AM

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

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

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2Sam Gagner
3Alexander Wennberg
4William Karlsson
5Gregory Campbell
6Lukas Sedlak
LW1Boone Jenner
2Brandon Saad
3Scott Hartnell
4Matt Calvert
5Markus Hannikainen
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Nick Foligno
3Josh Anderson
4David Clarkson
D1Seth Jones
2Ryan Murray
3Jack Johnson
4Zach Werenski
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
7Scott Harrington
8Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney