According to TSN the Columbus Blue Jackets have fired coach Todd Rochards and replaced him John Tortorella, former head coach of the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Tamp Bay Lightning.
The decision was made Tuesday after the Blue Jackets lost to the Islanders and dropped their record to 0-7-0. They are the only team in the NHL this season who have yet to capture a point.
Todd Richards out in CBJ. Torts in.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 21, 2015
John Tortorella's contract with CBJ is for this season and two more, same as his remaining time on VAN contract. VAN paying "some of it."
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 21, 2015
Todd Richards has been the Blue Jackets coach since the middle of the 2011-12 season. He has a 127-112-21 record with the team as well as one playoff appearance.
This will mark John Tortorella’s official return to the NHL. He has not coached in the league since the 2013-14 season. Earlier this fall, John Tortorella was picked to be the head coach for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
As per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet and Pierre Lebrun of ESPN the Canucks will remain responsible for part of Tortorella’s salary. It was originally reported that the Blue Jackets would send a third-round draft pick to Vancouver, but the timing of the move bumps the pick up to a higher round.
Because Tortorella hired in-season, VAN gets a second-round pick
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 21, 2015
On the 2nd-round pick going to Van for Torts, the Jackets have until June 1 to decide if it's 2016, 2017 or 2018 pick
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 21, 2015
John Tortorella’s first game with the Blue Jackets will be this Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.