Larry Brooks wasn’t making it up. John Tortorella did tell Ryan Johansen that he wasn’t in shape.
Johansen confirmed today what the New York Post reporter tweeted after Johansen was benched for the final 6:10 of Tortorella’s first game behind the Blue Jackets’ bench on Oct. 22.
“That was something that was said in the room,” the 23-year-old told the Columbus Dispatch. “That’s something that shouldn’t leave the room. You always hear (about) those codes from teams and players around the league: what’s said in the room is said in there, and that’s between us. Whatever me and coach talk about is between me and him.”
Johansen added that he had “no idea” how the leak occurred. He’ll be back in the lineup tonight in Washington, after missing two games with an undisclosed illness.
“We figured it all out; that’s why I’m back 100 percent today,” Johansen said.