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Blue Jackets sign John Tortorella to 2-year contract extension

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella poses with the Jack Adams Award in Las Vegas. The Blue Jackets have given coach Tortorella a two-year contract extension. The team announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, that Tortorella, who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season. (John Locher / Associated Press)
In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella poses with the Jack Adams Award in Las Vegas. The Blue Jackets have given coach Tortorella a two-year contract extension. The team announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, that Tortorella, who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season. (John Locher / Associated Press)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets have given coach John Tortorella a two-year contract extension.

The team announced Wednesday that Tortorella, who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The 60-year-old Tortorella is the franchise’s all-time leader in wins, guiding Columbus to a 129-87-23 record since being named coach in October 2015. His current $2 million-a-year contract runs through this season.

He won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year after Columbus posted the best record in franchise history with a 50-24-8 mark in 2016-17.

Tortorella has compiled a 575-462-138 record (.548) in 1,175 games as coach of four different teams.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04. He also coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

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