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Thomas Townsend
Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: Westerville, OH
Joined: 04.25.2019

Feb 24 @ 5:28 PM ET
Thomas Townsend: Its Not Going Well
3rd GM's the charm
Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: [this space left blank intentionally], OH
Joined: 07.01.2020

Feb 24 @ 5:53 PM ET
Yeah the coach needs to go.
PoppaBurgundy91
Season Ticket Holder
Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: Columbus, OH
Joined: 06.06.2012

Feb 24 @ 5:56 PM ET
While I do not believe Porty's thoughts that Torts wants fired I do think it is time for him to go. He has done wonders for this team in bringing a culture of accountability and respectability but that has only gotten them so far in 6 years. If he doesn't plan on signing a new contract then just move on, promote Brad Shaw, or take a run at someone like Gallant.
Alexzanki
Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: Montreal, QC
Joined: 06.03.2008

Feb 25 @ 8:19 AM ET
Yeah the coach needs to go.
- 3rd GM's the charm

the hour is rather late for that....

To figure what is Tort's next move, it's probably nailed down to 3 options;

-He's retiring
-He has a secret agreement to coach somewhere else in place (maybe a second stint in NY)
-Or he's not on the same page as Kekaleinen in terms of how the team should be built and will be actively seeking another job come summer 2021, if so, it's probably in his best interest to show he can still win games...
HenryHockey
Season Ticket Holder
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Gwinn, MI
Joined: 01.26.2020

Feb 25 @ 11:06 AM ET
the hour is rather late for that....

To figure what is Tort's next move, it's probably nailed down to 3 options;

-He's retiring
-He has a secret agreement to coach somewhere else in place (maybe a second stint in NY)
-Or he's not on the same page as Kekaleinen in terms of how the team should be built and will be actively seeking another job come summer 2021, if so, it's probably in his best interest to show he can still win games...

- Alexzanki

Detroit could use Torts......But waiting for Lane Lambert is probably the Yzerplan.
jkumpire
Location:
Joined: 03.16.2009

Feb 25 @ 3:41 PM ET
You know folks,

When I see the possible reasons why Torts might be leaving there is one nobody has thought of.

It is quite possible that he has realized he's taken this franchise as far as it can go. Even with Laine and Rosolovic adding to the offense he understands that the CBJ's ceiling as a franchise is a first, or maybe second, round playoff loss. No UFA's want to come here, they can't sign anyone they have, and the team can't or won't spend to the cap.

Torts is an older coach, he wants one more crack at a Stanley Cup before he retires, just like any veteran player wants. He knows that will never happen in Columbus, so it is better to bail now at he end of his contract then ride the bobsled down hill until it crashes at the bottom of the course.

I really hope I am wrong, and we are wrong about him leaving. But it looks like this team is going to fail this year and he might be headed out the door.
Alexzanki
Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: Montreal, QC
Joined: 06.03.2008

Feb 26 @ 9:00 AM ET
You know folks,

When I see the possible reasons why Torts might be leaving there is one nobody has thought of.

It is quite possible that he has realized he's taken this franchise as far as it can go. Even with Laine and Rosolovic adding to the offense he understands that the CBJ's ceiling as a franchise is a first, or maybe second, round playoff loss. No UFA's want to come here, they can't sign anyone they have, and the team can't or won't spend to the cap.

Torts is an older coach, he wants one more crack at a Stanley Cup before he retires, just like any veteran player wants. He knows that will never happen in Columbus, so it is better to bail now at he end of his contract then ride the bobsled down hill until it crashes at the bottom of the course.

I really hope I am wrong, and we are wrong about him leaving. But it looks like this team is going to fail this year and he might be headed out the door.

- jkumpire


spending to the cap has not been a problem , ownership was committed , and they were a cap team before this pandemic, even the mighty Terry Pengula and all his money said the Sabres would operate on a budget.

But, one can argue there is a drop-off in FA retention while Torts is around, Bob signed a four year extension before all of a sudden packing his bags, attracting the big names on the market was always out of the question, signing mid tier never has (Nyquist for instance). Koivu and his surprised retirement, Dubois went from hyped and thankful the cbj took him 3rd to '' wanting to play on a bigger stage'' and then bringing up hazy reasons as to his departure. So yes there is reason to argue the coach and this mass exodus might have a correlation.
HenryHockey
Season Ticket Holder
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Gwinn, MI
Joined: 01.26.2020

Feb 26 @ 12:19 PM ET
Laine; if no indication is received that he will re-sign soon, he must be traded. LA was reported as where he wanted to go, CBJ could make a haul by trading him there! LA is the surprise team of the league and could very well be buying soon!
Laine for Kempe, Anderson-Dolan, and Turcotte
2 centers with a ton of potential and a good winger! Maybe a bit more.
Torts leaves for a contender, CBJ hires Gallant.....or even Boudreau. CBJ has a future still!
General Mokus
Columbus Blue Jackets
Joined: 09.08.2020

Feb 28 @ 12:10 PM ET
Laine; if no indication is received that he will re-sign soon, he must be traded. LA was reported as where he wanted to go, CBJ could make a haul by trading him there! LA is the surprise team of the league and could very well be buying soon!
Laine for Kempe, Anderson-Dolan, and Turcotte
2 centers with a ton of potential and a good winger! Maybe a bit more.
Torts leaves for a contender, CBJ hires Gallant.....or even Boudreau. CBJ has a future still!

- HenryHockey


In other news, Malkin will demand a trade because he wants to be the man
Alexzanki
Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: Montreal, QC
Joined: 06.03.2008

Mar 1 @ 8:03 AM ET
In other news, Malkin will demand a trade because he wants to be the man
- General Mokus

it's been happening for 10 years as per EK
General Mokus
Columbus Blue Jackets
Joined: 09.08.2020

Mar 1 @ 4:19 PM ET
it's been happening for 10 years as per EK
- Alexzanki


Not unlike Laine wanting to play in LA