Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella missed the team’s game yesterday against the Nashville Predators, and will skip the NHL All-Star Game this weekend, due to a family emergency. Today, Tortorella clarified that everyone was okay, and gave his reason: his son’s dog is sick.
Things get messy down on the ice, especially when players are trying to argue their cases to officials who aren’t trying to hear it. Following an interference penalty on Columbus’s Ryan Murray, 10th-year ref Frederick L’Ecuyer went to announce the call—but not before dropping a pair of F-bombs on an unknown player.
“Shit, huh?” is how Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella opened tonight’s press conference after his team was blown out 5-0 by the Washington Capitals.
The Columbus Blue Jackets came out of the gate hot this season, but it didn’t feel totally real. The team’s possession stats were weak, and their PDO—a combination of shooting percentage and save percentage that tends to flatten out over time, and can indicate a team that’s just plain lucky—pointed toward them cooling…
Columbus Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert will likely find his bandaged head in poorly constructed image macros across Facebook after his effort in Friday’s game against the New York Rangers. The hockey player took a puck to the head, got fixed up, and scored the shorthanded game-winner in the team’s 4-2 victory.
The Bruins were murder on goalies last night, chasing Sergei Bobrovsky with four goals on nine shots in their eventual 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets. They got to Tuukka Rask too, even though he plays for them. Defenseman Colin Miller mishandled the puck and put it right between Rask’s legs for an own goal.
Two clowns at Tuesday’s Red Wings-Blue Jackets game argued and threw punches at each other before security intervened. It’s unclear what prompted the brawl, but it was most likely very important.
Dave Legwand was just trying to get this puck the hell out of his half so he could end his penalty-killing shift, but he messed around and zapped a goal past rookie Blue Jackets keeper Joonas Korpisalo.
One day after a Senators fan asked Bobby Ryan to score a goal for puppy-related reasons, a Blue Jackets fan asked winger Cam Atkinson to score on her birthday so she could get a dog. She chose the right player.
Big ol’ trade in the NHL today, with Vinny Lecavalier and Luke Schenn going to the Kings for—holy crap wouldja look at this one? Screw that Kings deal. We’ve got a good, old-fashioned, 1-for-1, star-for-star hockey trade! Nashville sends d-man Seth Jones to Columbus in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.
With their 3-2 loss in Minnesota, the Columbus Blue Jackets are now 0-8-0, setting the record for the longest pointless streak to start a season in the NHL’s expansion era. But things are looking up! They were in this one the whole time.
All those Blue Jackets players shouldering the blame for their historically woeful start? All that about Columbus seeking to make a trade before considering a coaching change? Everything about John Tortorella not having been contacted by struggling teams? Hooey. Todd Richards has been fired, and Torts is back, baby!
The Columbus Blue Jackets lost 6-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, in part because goalie Sergei Bobrovsky couldn’t track the hockey fuck on this play. I’m surprised this transposition doesn’t happen more often.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last October, after being scammed out of millions by his parents. Now, he’s attempting to convert his filing into a Chapter 7 case—which, in very broad terms, would allow Johnson to resolve his debts by liquidating his assets instead of via…
Ryan Johansen’s signature shootout move is ... to not make any move at all! It sounds like something somebody came up with while high, but it really works. Johansen is 6 of 10 in shootouts this year, and he pulled the same thing three weeks ago too:
The Maple Leafs earned a small victory today. Ha, no, not on the ice. Toronto found a team willing to take on the albatross that is David Clarkson's contract. Congratulations, Blue Jackets!
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson's parents have left their son with a mountain of debt, but this apparently wasn't the first time Jack Sr. and Tina Johnson took advantage of a family member. According to two sources with knowledge of the transaction, Johnson's parents secretly seized ownership of his…
Jack Johnson's financial troubles came to light in November, when the Columbus Dispatch revealed that the Blue Jackets defenseman had filed for bankruptcy after his parents—who had been in control of his money since 2008—created eight figures' worth of debt for him. But it wasn't just poor management: according to a…
Notorious Bruins homer Jack Edwards was in rare form on Saturday night. If you missed it, the NESN broadcaster lost his shit after the puck hit the netting above the glass, play continued, and about 90 seconds later, the Blue Jackets scored. Edwards starts reaching core instability around the two-minute mark of the…