John Tortorella said on Saturday he expected a quick resolution regarding his future as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I’ll tell you that way. People talk about a lifespan, I don’t think there is a lifespan for a coach, ”Tortorella said after the match. “But what I believe in is that it’s the right fit. I think the adjustment of players and staff, I think that’s the most important thing. It’s something. [general manager Jarmo Kekalainen] and I have discussed it very honestly quite often.
” I understand. Am I the right person? These are the things Jarmo and I talked about. I think it will come to a solution very quickly here. “
Columbus failed to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2016.
“It was miserable. [stunk] Tortorella said. But I think you need to turn the tide and learn from it, and I hope we never get involved in this situation again. “
Tortorella was 227-166-54 in the regular season and 13-18 in the playoffs in six seasons as the Blue Jackets coach.
The 62-year-old received a public vote of confidence from Kekalainen on March 2.
“I think he has a good idea of his own coaching style, when he needs to relax and when he needs to tighten the rope,” Kekalainen said. “I work with him every day and we talk about these things every day, so he knows that sometimes he has to step back a bit and sometimes he needs to get a bit closer. I think it always has to start with the players. Between [the ears]. »
The Blue Jackets have acquired forwards Patrik laine and Jack Roslovic in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 23 for the forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, and a 14-23-9 record after Laine made his Columbus debut on February 2.
“It’s a year that I think I’m learning and trying to improve yourself,” Tortorella said. “Definitely in my position, where I just don’t think I did a good enough job, with the change in staff, [Dubois] To go.
“We have suffered a lot in recent years and we were able to put the room back in order. I didn’t do a good enough job to make this happen with the new staff coming in, a few distractions early on. We just never felt comfortable with the room when it comes to cohesion. It is my responsibility. Excellent learning experience. “
Tortorella is 673-541-132 with 37 draws in 20 seasons coaching the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Blue Jackets. He has had the most wins by a US-born coach in NHL history.
Twice recipient of the Jack Adams Award (2004, 2017), NHL Coach of the Year, Tortorella coached the Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup and the Blue Jackets to their first playoff victory, against the Lightning of 62 wins in 2019, when they became the first team to sweep the Presidents Trophy winners in a best-of-7 series.
“We fell off the mountain this year,” Tortorella said. “We have to start over. No matter what happened, my relationship with these guys is never going to change because that’s what happens in this type of situation. …
“There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are trying to put it on the right track and create the right culture. For these guys, being with them was an honor. “
NHL.com Independent Correspondent Craig Merz contributed to this report