John Tortorella rips Jack Johnson for apparent Blue Jackets slight

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella unleashed on recently departed defenseman Jack Johnson for comments Johnson made at his introductory news conference in Pittsburgh.
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Johnson, who signed a five-year, $16.25 million deal with the Penguins, said Sunday, I’ve been looking to be in a winning culture.

Reached by The Athletic for reaction to Johnson’s apparent slight, Tortorella said, All I know is this organization, from the lawyers, the front office, J.D. [John Davidson], the managers, the coaches, players … has done nothing but try to help Jack. And for him to backhand slap us like this is utter bulls—, and he should know better.

But that can’t get in my way as far as making the right decisions for this hockey club, and that’s all we do, so Rutherford should shut the f— up.

Johnson, 31, a 12-year veteran who had three goals and eight assists in 77 games last season in Columbus, later told The Athletic that his comment was not meant to criticize his former club.

Johnson said he misspoke at his news conference and he never meant to disparage the Blue Jackets’ organization.

I didn’t mean it in any way, shape or form as a backhand towards Columbus, Johnson said. Pittsburgh’s won two [Stanley] Cups in the last three years, and there’s a winning culture there. I didn’t mean it in any way to insult the Blue Jackets at all.

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