Wednesday 22nd May 2019,

Blue Jackets Fire Head Coach Todd Richards, Hire John Tortorella


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 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.

John Tortorella’s first game with the Blue Jackets will be this Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

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