Reports: ESPN hiring former Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella as an analyst

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — ESPN is hiring former Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella to be an analyst, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline and confirmed by The Columbus Dispatch.

Tortorella and CBJ mutually agreed to part ways in May after Columbus missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. The Blue Jackets hired longtime assistant Brad Larsen to be the next coach.

Tortorella left Columbus as the winningest coach in CBJ history and has the 12th-most wins in NHL history.

Columbus begins its season October 14 at home against Arizona.

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