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Tortorella, Blue Jackets split after 6-year run

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella have parted ways, the team announced Sunday.

"After discussion and consideration of the future direction of the team, (Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen) and I have come to a mutual agreement to part ways. I'd like to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for the opportunity to coach this team and live in the great Columbus area," Tortorella said.

"It has been a privilege to work with the players, coaches, and hockey operations staff, which is one of the best in the league," he added. "Also, I want to thank the CBJ fans and the community for the support they've given the team and for the work of the CBJ family in support of the community."

Tortorella has been the team's head coach for six seasons, compiling a 227-166-54 record while reaching the playoffs four times. The Blue Jackets advanced to the second round once under his leadership.

Columbus finished last in the Central Division with an 18-26-12 record, closing out its season with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award in 2016-17 with the Blue Jackets. He previously won the award in 2004 after coaching the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup victory.

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