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Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen Backs Coach Tortorella

Jarmo Kekalainen spoke with the media about the teams’ recent struggles, and in the process, threw his support behind his head coach.

Just a few hours ago, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, John Tortorella said he wasn’t at all concerned about his job security. A day later, the GM of the team offered his support, which could be good or bad news for the coach based on the way these sorts of things have worked out in the past.

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Jarmo Kekalainen spoke with the media about the teams’ recent struggles, and in the process, threw his support behind his head coach. He said the players have not turned on their bench boss, even if Tortorella has been questioned by the media for some very public decisions this season.

John Tortorella Columbus Blue Jackets head coach

Kekalinen said:

“This coaching staff has got us out of slumps before, they’ve done a great job for us the past five or six years that they’ve been here, and they are the ones that are going to get out of this jam as well.”

He added that they’re all in this together as a team. Noting they win, lose, get through slumps and rise out of things together, “that’s what we’re going to start doing here.”

When asked if the players are tuning out the coach, the GM said he’s not seen any sign of that. He noted his antenna has been up and his take is that the players love him and respect him as a coach and he’s not seen or heard anything to change that.

It’s Not Unwavering Support

What Kekalainen did say was that the team was looking at ways to get out of their slump and turn around their recent string of poor play. While he supported the coach, he did not say that figuring things out meant Tortorella would absolutely be part of the solution.

One has to imagine that if things continue to trend downward, the optics of how secure the coach is with the team might change.

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