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JOHN TORTORELLA AND THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS PART WAYS

MAY 8, 2021  (23H14)      TIM TUCKER
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With the Columbus Blue Jackets' season just coming to an end Saturday night, we already know John Tortorella will not be behind the bench when the team starts the 2021-22 season. Tortorella's contract ends with Columbus this summer, and the Athletic is reporting that he's already told the team's management that he won't be returning. That's probably just as well as it's very doubtful General Manager Jarmo Kekäläinen would have renewed his contract anyway.

It has been a dismal year for Columbus. The team has finished with a record of 18-26-12, nowhere near even challenging for a playoff spot. While no one expected the Blue Jackets to be cup-contenders, the team should have had a better showing than this, and it appears Tortorella is shouldering much of the blame for it.

Things really seemed to go south between Columbus and Tortorella this season after Kekäläinen traded away centre Pierre-Luc Dubois after what appeared to be a falling out between him and the head coach. Getting sniper Patrik Laine in return didn't seem to matter much as Laine struggled under Torts. He finished the season with 12 goals and 22 points, by far his worst since entering the NHL. His lowest goal total before his season was 28.

Tortorella has been with the Blue Jackets for the past six season, missing the playoffs in his first two, making it to round one the next two, and going to round two in the final two years of his tenure.

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