Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is never shy to share his opinion, and he gave a no holds barred one about the Pittsburgh Penguins latest signing.
The Penguins signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a five year contract during the opening of free agency after struggling in Columbus for the last couple of years.
Known more for being made bankrupt by his parents than his on ice play the last couple of years, at their opening press conference both Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and Johnson felt the defenseman was held back in Columbus.
"I don't think he had a bad year," Rutherford said "He was a healthy scratch at the end of the season. I know the reason why. It wasn't because of how he was playing."
Those comments rubbed Tortorella the absolute wrong way.
"All I know is, this organization, from the lawyers, the front office, (president of hockey operations John Davidson), the managers, the coaches, players ... has done nothing but try to help Jack," Tortorella said. "And for him to backhand slap us like this is utter bullsh--, and he should know better.
"No one wishes anything bad to happen to him and his family. We wish him the best. But for him to put it the way he put it today is bullsh--. And to have a general manager question our decision-making from three hours away, he must be a fu--ing magician."
He didn't stop there, Tortorella ramped up even more and went right after both Johnson and Rutherford.
"(Johnson) doesn't have enough balls to call me back, because I've tried to get in touch with him," Tortorella added. "You don't sh-t on an organization that's done nothing but try to help you. We all know Jack has had some problems along the way here. It's very well-chronicled. All we've done is try to fu--ing help him."
"The thing that pisses me off the most is a general manager in this league questioning and talking about our decision-making," Tortorella said. "Shut the f--k up!
"I don't want to go to name-calling, because I know Jimmy. He's a good man. They're both good people. But what the f--k are they doing? Get on with your business! I hope (Johnson) plays his ass off for them, but stay the f--k out of our business when you don't know what’s going on.”