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Rising Rangers still missing spark plugs

The Rangers’ defensive lapses and disappointing individual performances have been discussed again and again, but one surprising issue this season has been the frequency with which the team hits the ice with very little energy. We saw so few of those pure stinker games in recent years under first John Tortorella and then Alain Vigneault, but […] The post Rising Rangers still...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Korpisalo stops 37 shots, Blue Jackets win in shootout

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Alex Wennberg scored the only goal in a shootout and the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Thursday night.Scott Hartnell had a power-play goal in the third period for the Blue Jackets (20-28-5), who are last in the NHL and were coming off a 5-1 loss in Edmonton on Tuesday.Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots for Columbus...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Canucks coach: Torts will have Jackets 'geared up'

Vancouver's extended All-Star break is coming to an end, and it's easing back into things by completing a three-game homestand against two beatable opponents.The first of those, however, is complicated with the Columbus Blue Jackets and former coach John Tortorella visiting Thursday night.Tortorella first had to return to the Blue Jackets' bench to make his first trip back to Vancouver...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Canucks Preview

Vancouver's extended All-Star break is coming to an end, and it's easing back into things by completing a three-game homestand against two beatable opponents. The first of those, however, is complicated with the Columbus Blue Jackets and former coach John Tortorella visiting Thursday night. Tortorella first had to return to the Blue Jackets' bench to make his first trip back to...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Oilers Preview

When play resumes after the All-Star break, it's usually a time for NHL teams to gear up for a postseason run. At the other end of the standings, the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets may instead be focused on gaining the services of Auston Matthews. These are two of three clubs tied with an NHL-worst 43 points as they resume their dismal campaigns Tuesday night, with...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Alain Vigneault finally changed his defensive zone strategy?

Since Alain Vigneault’s arrival for the 2013-2014 season, the Rangers have been playing man-coverage in the defensive zone. The system was a stark contract from the low zone collapse played by John Tortorella, and there was a significant learning curve associated with the new system. The patience paid off. The Rangers had a very mobile […] The post Has Alain Vigneault finally...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens-Blue Jackets Preview

The Montreal Canadiens became the third team in NHL history to open with nine straight wins at the same time the Columbus Blue Jackets were trudging through the league's worst start in 72 years. Although a large gap still exists between them in the Eastern Conference, they're now in the same unwanted position - out of a playoff spot. Montreal hopes ending a five-game skid can...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruins Not Underestimating Struggling Blue Jackets After Loss To Canucks (Video)

The Boston Bruins won’t be underestimating the Columbus Blue Jackets when these teams meet at TD Garden on Saturday night. The Blue Jackets have struggled throughout the season, highlighted by the firing of head coach Todd Richards in October. Results haven’t improved much under new head coach John Tortorella — the Blue Jackets sit at the bottom of the NHL standings — but...
Via NESN.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tortorella breaks ribs, will not coach Jackets on Saturday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has broken two ribs falling after a collision with forward Rene Bourque during an outdoor practice and will not coach Saturday night at Boston. Associate coach Craig Hartsburg will lead Columbus against the Bruins, the team said Friday. Tortorella's status for Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens is unknown...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Bruins Preview

Boston is the only NHL team Sergei Bobrovsky has never defeated, and he won't be in a position to do so when the teams meet for the first time this season. Whether his coach is healthy enough to sort out secondary options in person remains to be seen. The Columbus goaltender's injury issues will again have him sidelined when the Blue Jackets visit the Bruins on Saturday night...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets' Tortorella taken to hospital after collision in practice

The Columbus Blue Jackets are enduring an injury-plagued season, with coach John Tortorella the latest to find himself sporting a few unexpected bumps and bruises.Tortorella was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital following a collision with forward Rene Bourque during an outdoor practice in Winter Park on Friday, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The 57-year-old coach remained on...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

John Tortorella Injured In Practice Ahead Of Blue Jackets-Bruins Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets had an unexpected addition to their injured list Friday afternoon: their coach, John Tortorella. Tortorella reportedly suffered what appeared to be a back injury after colliding with Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque during the team’s outdoor practice in Columbus. Torts down #CBJ pic.twitter.com/8jPgAqtr2u — Shawn Mitchell (@smitchcd) January 22,...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes-Blue Jackets Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella doesn't sound like he wants retribution for a blindside hit to his captain, though the Carolina Hurricanes are saying they'll be ready for anything. The Blue Jackets will likely be without Nick Foligno on Saturday night when they meet the visiting Hurricanes to complete a home-and-home set. Carolina (17-18-7) beat Columbus 4-1 at home...
Via AP on Fox
January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

New York Rangers Must Rebound Now if They Want Playoff Chance

The New York Rangers started off the season strong. They currently sit in sixth place in the East, but they are only two points in front of ninth seed Ottawa. The team, which is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games, must turn their game around now if they hope to make the 2016 Playoffs. Head coach Alain Vigneault was hired after the team fell apart thanks to their poor play under former...
Via The Sports Journal
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Rookie goaltenders in spotlight for Jackets

Teams around the NHL have noticed that the Columbus Blue Jackets have knocked off the NHL's top two teams.Now they will try to make it three in a row with a goaltender who has never won as a starter as they host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.Columbus (15-22-3) won 6-3 over Western Conference-leading Dallas on Tuesday before a 5-4 shootout win over East-leading Washington on...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Wild vs. Blue Jackets preview

Teams around the NHL have noticed that the Columbus Blue Jackets have knocked off the NHL's top two teams.Now they will try to make it three in a row with a goaltender who has never won as a starter as they host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.Columbus (15-22-3) won 6-3 over Western Conference-leading Dallas on Tuesday before a 5-4 shootout win over East-leading Washington on...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Strange: Blue Jackets goalies slip in same spot moments apart

This hasn’t been the best season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. They have already fired their head coach once this season and have seen little to no success with John Tortorella now helming the bench. So when the Blue Jackets faced the top team in the Eastern conference, I wouldn’t blame you for cringing at the thought of the game. Luckily for the Blue Jackets, they actually...
Via Bloguin Best
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Strange: Blue Jackets goalies slip in same spot moments apart

This hasn’t been the best season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. They have already fired their head coach once this season and have seen little to no success with John Tortorella now helming the bench. So when the Blue Jackets faced the top team in the Eastern conference, I wouldn’t blame you for cringing at the thought of the game. Luckily for the Blue Jackets, they actually...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

John Tortorella blasts leadership on Blue Jackets

John Tortorella has done a good job turning around the Blue Jackets since taking over for Todd Richards, going 13-15-3 since Richards started 0-7. But there is still a ways to go. And if you listen to Tortorella talk after a loss to the Panthers on Sunday, there’s a long way to go. Tortorella torched the Jackets after the loss which punctuated an 0-3 road trip … especially...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

John Tortorella blasts Blue Jackets leadership

John Tortorella has done a good job turning around the Blue Jackets since taking over for Todd Richards, going 13-15-3 since Richards started 0-7. But there is still a ways to go. And if you listen to Tortorella talk after a loss to the Panthers on Sunday, there’s a long way to go. Tortorella torched the Jackets after the loss which punctuated an 0-3 road trip … especially...
Via Bloguin Best
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Mailbag: John Tortorella, planets, and Goofy

Good morning everybody! After traveling all up and down the southeastern and now southwestern coasts of New Zealand for the holidays, I’ve returned to my post at the BSN Mailbag to answer all the questions you were too afraid to ask AJ. (Thanks again AJ for filling in while I was away!) As usual, we had an entertaining assortment of questions lined up. Let’s get to it. If Patrick...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning game preview

TV: FOX Sports Sun Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. The only coaches to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final will be in Amalie Arena on Saturday night, and Jon Cooper and John Tortorella are both searching for offense.The league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets, now coached by Tortorella, have lost six of their last seven games at Tampa heading into this...
Via AP on Fox
December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Lightning Preview

The only coaches to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final will be in Amalie Arena on Saturday night, and Jon Cooper and John Tortorella are both searching for offense. The league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets, now coached by Tortorella, have lost six of their last seven games at Tampa heading into this matchup with Cooper's Lightning. Cooper led Tampa Bay to the...
Via AP on Fox
December 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Tortorella and NHL’s Message is Crystal Clear

The NHL makes it abundantly clear that player safety is not a priority time after time (Photo courtesy of CBSSports.com) By: Jim Meinecke If you missed last night’s Penguins and Blue Jackets game, and if you managed to stay off of social media for the last 12 hours, it happened again. There was another brutal hit that has no place in the game. Dalton Prout sized up Sergei Plotnikov...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: NHL eliminating compensation for coaches/executives

It should come as no surprise to ardent fans of the NHL that the league is going to be doing away with the compensation policy in place for fired coaches and executives still under contract by a team. Word from day two of the Board of Governors meetings, the NHL intends on eliminating compensation for execs/coaches. No surprise. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 8, 2015...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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