The Blue Jackets were ‘supposed to suck,’ but was the fall in Columbus predicted too soon?

Columbus suffered major losses in the off-season and pundits panned the Blue Jackets’ chances. Early results have indicated that John Tortorella’s team isn’t ready to go away just yet, though. Is there more to the Blue Jackets than meets the eye?

Call it a motivational tactic, call it a moment of blunt honesty or simply call it John Tortorella being John Tortorella, but the Columbus Blue Jackets bench boss, who has never been one for a canned answer, didn’t hold back when speaking about the expectations surrounding his team. Noting that goaltender Joonas Korpisalo has tuned out what pundits have said about his ability to fill in for since-departed keeper Sergei Bobrovsky, the outspoken coach added that his whole team embraces the same attitude. And then Tortorella delivered an early quote-of-the-season candidate.

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