Former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, who won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2002, is back behind the bench.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who started the season 0-7, have hired Torts, the fiery coach of the Lightning, Rangers and Canucks.
Tortorella, who has a reputation for being abrasive in press conferences and combative with his teams, has a lifetime record of 446-375-115. With the Lightning, Torts had a 239-222-74 record.
“Tortorella is an experienced National Hockey League coach with a proven track record of success,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. “He is a Stanley Cup winner and we believe the right person to lead our team at this time.”
The Lightning play at Columbus on Dec. 8 and in Tampa on Dec. 26.