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Former Lightning coach John Tortorella returns to NHL with Jackets

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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…

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Lightning’s Jon Cooper on way to be franchise’s best

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Away from the lectern, he is friendly. Funny. Approachable. In such moments, you would never think of him as dynamic, as charismatic, as the unifying factor on a young team. There, Jon Cooper is merely Jon, the old attorney, the former Lacrosse player. You wonder if he is ever mistaken for just another fan. But behind the bench, he is calm, and he is cerebral. And he is on his way to being the finest coach this franchise has known.…

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