John Tortorella’s contract with the Blue Jackets expires this summer season and The Athletic’s Adam Portzline is reporting that the veteran coach won’t be re-signing with the crew. The Blue Jackets’ season ended Saturday with a 5-4 additional time win over the Pink Wings.
“Individuals discuss a shelf life. I do not suppose there is a shelf life for a coach, however what I consider in is, is it the correct match?” Tortorella stated postgame on Zoom when requested if he’d wish to return subsequent season. “I believe the match of the coach and the gamers and personnel, I believe that is crucial factor and that is one thing (Jackets GM) Jarmo (Kekalainen) and I’ve mentioned very truthfully. Very truthfully. I get it. Am I the correct match? These are the issues Jarmo and I’ve talked about.
“I believe it will come to an answer in a short time right here.”
Tortorella joined the membership after it began the 2016-17 season 0-7-0 underneath Todd Richards.
“John Tortorella is an skilled Nationwide Hockey League coach with a confirmed monitor document of success,” Kekalainen stated on the time of the rent. “He’s a Stanley Cup winner, and we consider the correct particular person to guide our crew presently.”
Whereas he did not lead the Blue Jackets to a Stanley Cup, he did steer the crew to 4 straight Stanley Cup playoff appearances starting in 2016-17. The crew additionally had one of many best postseason performances in NHL historical past when it swept the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning within the first spherical of the 2019 playoffs.
This season, the membership completed final within the Central Division with an 18-26-12 document. It marked the primary full season wherein the membership completed underneath .500 with him on the helm. It did not assist that the 12 months began shakily with disgruntled ahead Pierre-Luc Dubois wanting out of Columbus. He was quickly despatched packing, however the participant for whom he was swapped, Patrik Laine, additionally appeared to battle underneath Tortorella.
Tortorella will depart with a 227-166-54 document for Columbus. Throughout 4 groups (Lightning, Blue Jackets, Rangers and Canucks) he has posted an general document of 672-541-37-132 document and holds the document for many wins amongst U.S.-born coaches.
Whereas he famous that he joined the Blue Jackets as an older coach, it does not sound as if the 62-year-old needs to hold up his whistle simply but. With that, here is a fast rundown of 5 potential touchdown spots for the colourful coach:
New York Rangers
If David Quinn is proven the door, then might there be a return to Broadway for Tortorella? He did publish a powerful 171-118-1-29 document and led the crew to 4 postseason appearances — together with a convention ultimate in 2012. Oh, and guess who was captain for him throughout a few of his tenure . . . the man who was simply named the crew’s GM and president, Chris Drury.
Like Tortorella, Travis Inexperienced just isn’t signed past this season and there may very well be a emptiness within the Pacific Northwest. The Canucks and Tortorella even have some historical past — one 82-game season that was, effectively, attention-grabbing, to say the least. Possibly the duo are due for a re-do?
Bench boss Rick Tocchet can be unsigned past this season and he may very well be proven the door after 4 seasons within the desert. Tortorella might match right here with the crew’s mixture of younger and veteran gamers.
All indicators are pointing to Gerard Gallant heading to the NHL’s latest membership however Tortorella might land right here if GM Ron Francis needs to veer off target.
May the Stars half methods with Rick Bowness after the crew adopted up their journey to the 2020 Stanley Cup Closing by lacking the postseason? Possibly. Tortorella does have some historical past with gamers like Joe Pavelski (Crew USA).