Tortorella’s time in Columbus, like everywhere else he has coached, has been marred by controversy. His tenure at Columbus started with number one center bench Ryan Johansen (he was later traded for Seth Jones) and ended with number one center bench Pierre-Luc Dubois. The Blue Jackets then traded PLD to Winnipeg for star winger Patrik Laine. Crimes would also put Laine on the bench. Apparently, the Blue Jackets will aggressively try to land a frontline center this summer.
Torts was never afraid to show off his huge personality even if it got him in trouble. Let’s take a look back at the RMNB headlines related to John Tortorella over the years. They’re like Old Bay crisps, spicy but delicious.
November 21, 2016
Our coverage begins in 2016 when Torts entered a war of words with Barry Trotz across the media. The former Capitals head coach was unhappy with Nick Foligno’s embellishment in the third period and Tortorella offered Barry who was rather wealthy advice.
19 avril 2017
We later learned that while Torts loves taking photos with fans, he doesn’t like taking selfies with filters turned on.
Dec. 15, 2017
The Edmonton Oilers demolished the Blue Jackets 7-2 in December 2017. John Tortorella left the press conference early after receiving questions he didn’t like.
Dec. 27, 2017
In this RMNB story, we learned that Torts has something in common with all of us Caps fans: he hates the Penguins.
Feb. 26, 2018
During a Caps-Blooj game in February 2018, Alex Ovechkin got his ass fucked in the mouth by Matt Calvert. In the second half, Ovi and Torts exchanged words on the bench and it was electrifying.
Feb. 27, 2018
After the game, Ovi was asked about the fiery incident. He smiled and said Torts is a “nice guy”. After the match, Tortorella took full responsibility for the argument.
” It’s my fault. It’s my fault, ”said the fiery coach. “I thought he had dived and I waved to him. I thought he had dived and he objected. I have no reason to gesture or say anything to a player. It’s not on him. It’s just stupidity on my part.
19 avril 2018
While playing against the Capitals in the Stanley Cup race in Washington, Torts said the team “missed” in Game 4. After losing the first two games of the series, the Caps have won four in a row to advance.
Dec. 7, 2018
Tortorella made a Bill Belichick-style fashion statement in December 2018, wearing a hoodie for the game because he was sick. Honestly, throw the costumes. Hoodies are much better. It’s so cold at the rink, anyway!
February 19, 2019
In what is one of the strangest press conference responses of all time, Tortorella went into disgusting details about why the Bread Man was out of the lineup.
February 25, 2019
A reporter’s phone once rang during a press conference, so John answered, said hello, and made jokes. You can’t make this stuff up.
2 mars 2019
During a 2019 Q&A, Torts revealed he wasn’t a fan of the shootout and wanted three-on-three overtime “until a team dies.”
December 29, 2019
This one, you just need to click and see it for yourself. Another classic rant.
June 10, 2020
In June 2020, Tortorella showed his maturation by publicly announcing that he had changed course on a policy he had in the past regarding protests during the national anthem.
July 16, 2020
Ahead of the 2020 bubble playoffs, Torts admitted that empty arena games would not change his communication style during matches.
25 Aug 2020
Here’s Torts leaving another press conference early.
February 8, 2021
After sending PLD to the Peg, it didn’t take long for Torts to send a message to Patrik Laine.
Well that was fun! Torts leaves Columbus as the most successful coach in Blue Jackets history. He led the team to their first playoff victory of 2019: a first-round sweep against the Presidents Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.
From all of us to the #CBJ, thanks for six amazing seasons, Wrongs!
– Blue Jackets de Columbus (@BlueJacketsNHL) May 9, 2021