Blue Jackets’ Head Coach John Tortorella Walks Away From Postgame Media Availability After Two Questions

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After a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 and elimination from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Columbus Blue Jackets’ head coach John Tortorella pulled a very Tortorella thing to do during Wednesday’s postgame media availability when he walked away after answering only two questions.

A reporter asked him how the experience in the Toronto bubble has been and being close and working with the players every day.

“I’m not going to get into the touchy-feely stuff and the moral victories and all that,” a visibly frustrated Tortorella said, “You guys be safe.”

And with that, he got up from the podium and walked away.

In Wednesday’s must-win game, Columbus rallied back with four unanswered goals but fell to Tampa Bay in overtime and was eliminated from the playoffs. Tortorella also caught attention on August 4, when he made blunt remarks about the team’s Game 2 qualifying-round loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs: “Toronto was really good. We sucked.”

He is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, which is presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success”.

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5 Responses to Blue Jackets’ Head Coach John Tortorella Walks Away From Postgame Media Availability After Two Questions

  1. Anonymous says:

    I used to hate John Tortorella, but man the marriage of him and Columbus works so well!

  2. Scottlew73 says:

    You better get used to it,I’ll bet he will be in Washington soon!!

  3. Scottlew73 says:

    Tort is usually good on quick turnarounds& with 1 season left on Ovie’s deal he’s going to want to see team committed to being a contender for few more years! + how many players have came out against him? Players coach,who cares I’d he doesn’t like “Media !”

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