2021 Blue Jackets Head Coach Search: List of Candidates

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With John Tortorella Fired, Who Will be the Next Head Coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2021-2022? Who are the Favorites to Coach CBJ?

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2021 Blue Jackets Head Coach Search: List of Candidates

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Full Story on John Tortorella Being Fired as Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach

With John Tortorella gone, now is the time for the Columbus Blue Jackets to make a list of top candidates. In fact, the recognizable applicants could be qualified to become the team’s new head coach for the 2021-2022 Season. Columbus will not retain Tortorella as head coach after five seasons and a 227-116-54 record (13-18 in the playoffs). The Blue Jackets finished in last place in the Central Division (18-26-12 with 36 points) for the 2020-2021 campaign. Tortorella becomes the third head coach to be fired this season after Claude Julien (Canadiens) and Ralph Kruger (Sabres).

John Tortorella’s Career with Columbus

John Tortorella led the Blue Jackets to four playoff appearances, including the team’s upset first round series victory vs. President’s Trophy winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 2019. Despite the number of postseason appearances, Columbus has never advanced past the second round in franchise history.

Before coming to Columbus in 2015, he was the head coach for the following teams: Lightning (2000-2008), Rangers (2009-2013), Canucks (2013-2014), and Blue Jackets (2016-2021). He guided the Lightning to a Stanley Cup championship in 2004. In fact, Tortorella guided the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012. New York went on to lose to the Devils in six games.

What’s Next for the Blue Jackets?

Now, many CBJ fans might be wondering: Who is the leading candidate to replace John Tortorella in 2021-2022? The top candidates listed in this article have prior coaching experience. In addition, those candidates have been on the coaching staff for at least five years. For the list of top candidates to replace John Tortorella as Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach, please refer to the information below!

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Possible Candidates to Replace John Tortorella as Blue Jackets Head Coach

NOTE: HC=Head Coach, AC-Assistant Coach

Internal Candidates

Brad Larsen-Blue Jackets

  • Springfield Falcons AC (2010-2012)
  • Springfield Falcons HC (2012-2014)
  • Blue Jackets AC (2014-Present)

Top Head Coach Candidates for Columbus to Consider

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Mike Yeo-Flyers

  • Penguins AC (2006-2010)
  • Houston Aeros HC (2010-2011)
  • Wild HC (2011-2016)
  • Blues AC (2016-2017)
  • Blues HC (2017-2019)
  • Flyers AC (2019-Present)

Scott Arniel-Capitals

  • Manitoba Moose HC (2006-2010)
  • Blue Jackets HC (2010-2012)
  • Chicago Wolves HC (2012-2013)
  • Rangers AC (2013-2018)
  • Capitals AC (2018-Present)

Gerard Gallant-Golden Knights

  • Blue Jackets AC (2001-2004)
  • Blue Jackets HC (2004-2007)
  • Islanders AC (2007-2009)
  • Saint John Sea Dogs HC (2009-2012)
  • Canadiens AC (2012-2014)
  • FL Panthers HC (2014-2017)
  • Golden Knights HC (2017-2020)

Jack Capuano-Senators

  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers HC (2007-2010)
  • Islanders HC (2010-2017)
  • FL Panthers AC (2017-2019)
  • Senators AC (2019-Present)

Leading Candidate to Replace John Tortorella as Blue Jackets Head Coach

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Dan Bylsma-Red Wings

  • Penguins HC (2008-2014)
  • Sabres HC (2015-2017)
  • Red Wings AC (2018-Present)

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