Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella stands behind his bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Longtime Pittsburgh Penguins nemesis John Tortorella locked in a deal that will keep the oft-agitated coach behind the Columbus Blue Jackets’ bench through 2021.
Earlier this summer, after the Penguins signed Jack Johnson, Tortorella ripped into his former defenseman and his new franchise, after Johnson declared he was excited “to be part of a winning culture.”
“For (Johnson) to put it the way he put it today is (expletive),” Tortorella told The Athletic. “And to have a general manager question our decision making from three hours away, he must be (an expletive) magician.”