Blue Jackets Will Move Cautiously Ahead Post Tortorella

May 10, 2021

The Columbus Blue Jackets go into the offseason with more big changes ahead after parting ways with coach John Tortorella.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen says the team won't rush into hiring the next coach, possibly waiting to see how the first rounds of the playoffs progress. Columbus failed to make the postseason for the first time in five seasons, and the team has already started the retooling.

The Blue Jackets will work on locking up star defenseman Seth Jones with a long-term contract and deciding whether Elvis Merzlikins or Joonas Korpisalo will be the No. 1 goaltender going forward.