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JOHN TORTORELLA FINDS WORK OUTSIDE OF AN NHL COACHING POSITION

AUG 3, 2021  (13H34)      TIM TUCKER
Things have been extremely quiet on the John Tortorella front since his contract as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets expired at the end of the season. The two sides mutually agreed to part ways after six seasons. Many assumed Tortorella would be quickly snapped up by another team looking for a new bench boss, but all vacant positions have been filled and Tortorella was left on the sidelines. However, at least for now, it appears he has found work elsewhere.

"Told former [Blue Jackets] coach John Tortorella has been hired by ESPN to work as a studio analyst beginning this fall," said Aaron Portzline, who covers the team for The Athletic.


Torts is, of course, known for saying whatever is on his mind in the most blunt way possible, so he should at least be entertaining as a studio analyst. That said, there are plenty of questions over whether we'll see Tortorella back behind an NHL bench. Many have speculated that his style just does not work with today's players. Through six years with Columbus, his best finish was losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs. There are also several players that decided not to re-sign with Columbus after hitting free agency, while others asked to be traded. While Tortorella has never been specifically pegged as the reason for this, many have wondered if he was the main factor.
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PLAYOFFS
2020-2021GPGAPTS
NIKITA KUCHEROV
2382432
BRAYDEN POINT
2314923
VICTOR HEDMAN
2321618
STEVEN STAMKOS
2381018
ALEXANDER KILLORN
198917
WILLIAM KARLSSON
1941216
NICK SUZUKI
227916
NATHAN MACKINNON
108715
DAVID PASTRNAK
117815
MATHEW BARZAL
196814
TYLER TOFFOLI
225914
MIKKO RANTANEN
105813
GABRIEL LANDESKOG
104913
JOSH BAILEY
196713
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
195813
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1931013
ONDREJ PALAT
235813
BRAD MARCHAND
118412
CHARLIE MCAVOY
1111112
BROCK NELSON
197512
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YESTERDAY
JULY 7, 2021 G A PTS
ROSS COLTON
1 - 1
RYAN MCDONAGH
- 1 1
DAVID SAVARD
- 1 1
JOSH ANDERSON
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JOEL ARMIA
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PAUL BYRON
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COLE CAUFIELD
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ERIK CERNAK
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BEN CHIAROT
- - -
ANTHONY CIRELLI
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