James O'Brien

Torts’ retorts: The best of John Tortorella


Is John Tortorella still a relevant coach? Does he really make the Columbus Blue Jackets better?

He certainly seems like a better fit in Columbus than Vancouver, but who’s to say that means the Blue Jackets will be glad that they made this move?

Well, there’s a significant group of bystanders who are happy Torts is back: many in the media … and many who like to rubberneck at his hilarious dealings with the media and opponents.

The video above collects some of his greatest outbursts.

Here’s hoping he adds plenty more with the Blue Jackets.

Todd Richards on firing, helping to ‘resurrect’ Blue Jackets

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Todd Richards doesn’t seem shocked that he was fired by the Columbus Blue Jackets, at least based on what he relayed to the Columbus Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell.

To his credit, those same comments lacked the bitterness you might expect after someone gets the pink slip.

(Sadly, no Taylor Swift lyrics, though. Richards couldn’t throw the Internet a bone and explain that Band-aids are no good for bullet holes? C’mon.)

When Richards looks back at the seven-game start, it’s clear he realizes that the team fell short of expectations. He seems pretty proud of his overall body of work, however.

“Your job as a coach is to maximize potential, and with the way we were playing, obviously that wasn’t happening,” Richards said.

If there were two things that people critiqued the most about Columbus during its early collapse, it would be the Blue Jackets’ defense and goaltending, particularly that of expensive netminder Sergei Bobrovsky.

Management may be looking to find an answer on the blueline, yet Richards seems to imply that the group is still strong.

Ultimately, gauging Richards’ tenure may come down to perspective, yet it’s tough to ignore the fact that he’s only made it to the playoffs once in his years with Minnesota and Columbus.

Then again, he’s not burning bridges, and a guy who stands as a “favorite neighbor” might just get another shot.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry – Flyers at Bruins

Brayden Schenn, Adam McQuaid

It’s early in the season, yet the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers are already black and blue.

One wouldn’t expect any fewer ice packs to come out after tonight, either.

The Bruins (with Patrice Bergeron, without Matt Beleskey) host the Flyers (who won’t have Brayden Schenn in the lineup) in the latest edition of “Wednesday Night Rivalry” on NBCSN. You can stream the action via the link below.


Flyers make Brayden Schenn (upper body) a late scratch

Brayden Schenn, Nick Foligno

Not that long before puck drop (for a game on NBCSN, might we add), the Philadelphia Flyers announced that Brayden Schenn will miss tonight’s contest against the Boston Bruins.

There aren’t a ton of details beyond it being an upper-body injury.

Broadstreet Hockey mulled over possible lineup implications, as Schenn apparently seemed fine as far as the morning skate went. There seems to be two scenarios: Sam Gagner slides into the lineup or Vincent Lecavalier makes his 2015-16 debut.

The Gagner option may be a bit more likely:

Luke Schenn appears headed for the lineup, which ruined any “Schenn-less” headlines (no fun).

Update: It’s possible that Antoine Roussel may have injured Schenn.

Here’s the full exchange from Tuesday night, which does focus mostly on the fallout with Sam Gagner and Roussel.

Related: Banged-up Bruins will have Patrice Bergeron in the mix.

Looks like Bergeron is in for the B’s tonight

Patrice Bergeron

As discussed earlier, the Boston Bruins will attempt to make it three straight wins without Matt Beleskey, but Patrice Bergeron‘s good to go.

That’s the word from 98.5 The Sports Hub by way of NHL.com.

Bergeron was a toss-up thanks to a very special personal reason: to be with his wife to welcome Zack Bergeron into the world.

Bergeron & Co. will face the Philadelphia Flyers on “Wednesday Night Rivalry” on NBCSN tonight. NHL.com forecasts the Bruins’ top two lines as such:

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Brett Connolly

Loui ErikssonDavid KrejciDavid Pastrnak

Boston may have the advantage, as the Flyers lost a close one to the Dallas Stars last night.