Fifth fuss.

At the moment, it probably comes to mind for many Finns when he mentions the name of John Tortorella, 62.

The all-seeing head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets put his fresh star acquisition of Patrik Laine in a cold blanket in his fourth match in his new club in early February.

It raised a stir in both Finland and North America.

Patrik Laine has started effectively in the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On February 8, however, he was put on a bench.Photo: Jamie Sabau / Getty Images

After the felt command, Tesoma's cannon has been familiarly effective: in seven matches, Laine has amassed 3 + 4 in the crying of blue jackets.

Tortorella gave Ilta-Sanomat a rare interview in which she wants to make one thing clear right from the start.

- “Patty” is very easy to train.

The case a couple of weeks ago was inflated by far too much, but he handled the uproar fantastically, Tortorella emphasizes in an interview conducted through Zoom, during which he sits in his office in the lumen of the Nationwide arena.

- He admitted acting wrongly in that situation.

It was a juicy thing for the media, but we addressed it right after the game.

It’s history now, Tortorella says.

The benching was due to the fact that Laine had slammed the assistant coach who had advised the Finnish star in the exchange box.

In the social culture of Columbus, even momentary disrespectful behavior is not acceptable to anyone.

- What bothered me most was that Patty was painted as a lazy and making mistakes.

Benching wasn’t related to his game, but it would have been wrong if we hadn’t intervened in it.

And Patty understood that.

- It was just that he was learning to be a professional.

I got to know him better through the case, which is good for our relationship.


 We fight like cats and dogs every day for different things, but he said then don’t be surprised how well Patty feeds the puck.

John Tortore has worked as head coach in the NHL in four different clubs: Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets. Photo: Kostas Lymperopoulos / Zuma / MVPhotos

Blue Jackets' GM Jarmo Kekäläinen acquired the Finnish star Columbus on January 23 in a high-profile deal.

With the wave, Jack Roslovic also moved from Winnipeg.

In the other direction in the giant trade went Blue Jackets number one center Pierre-Luc Dubois, who wanted to transfer to another club.

Tortorella knew that the team got a clinical Finnish goal scorer in the trade, but especially one of Laine's features surprised the veteran coach.

- I have a huge appreciation for Jarmo.

He is one of the best if not the best at evaluating talents.

We fight like cats and dogs every day for different things, but he said then don’t be surprised at how well Patty feeds the puck, Tortorella times.

- So I was warned, but still Laine's feeding skills surprised me.

Thanks to that, he is able to help his chain mates, Tortorella praises.

Tortorella immediately saw that Laine is an ambitious and competitive player, but it is not enough for a fiery coach at all.

- I want him to be competitive every minute of the match, Tortorella emphasizes.

- Young players don't learn overnight, and we coaches always want everything right away.

I've made mistakes during my career, when I asked the young players too much too quickly, so we have to be very careful with Patty.

- He has to go through a development process, even though he may not experience it himself because he has a swagger (tire self-confidence).

He has enough to learn, reminds Tortore.

The coach talks passionately about Laine.

He sees in Laine an uncut diamond that returns from a desire to get developed.

- I'm going to push him forward.

I think he wants that too, Tortorella says.

He is known for his hard demands and he is not going to let the Wave go easily.

- I think he wants to be the best player in the world, but talking about it is rhetoric.

I want to see deeds.

I’m going to follow that and now I have a great opportunity to coach him.


 I think he wants to be the best player in the world, but talking about it is rhetoric.

I want to see deeds.

In the era of John Tortorella, Columbus has advanced to the playoffs for four seasons in the tube. Photo: USA TODAY SPORTS

Tortorella does not like to lift individuals on a pedestal.

As for Laine, he emphasizes that the introductory phase is now underway, but Laine’s potential for great deeds is enormous.

- We are just getting to know each other, but I believe he can become a holistic NHL top player - not just a top scorer.

So if he decides that playing isn’t just about scoring goals.

I know he likes goals and he knows he’s a good goal scorer, says Tortorella.

- I read a comment one day in which he said that he is paid to score goals and he is pretty good at it.

It was typical of Patty.

She’s not shy, and I love it, Tortorella says.

It’s a sign of the swagger mentioned earlier by Tortorella, lush self-confidence.


Columbus has to go Tortorella style.

- When we spoke, in fact, just today in this same office (Interview day was Monday, February 22) between the two, I said directly that no, no chance.

Here, we don’t just pay you to score goals, Tortorella says.

- Patty learns other aspects of the game here because she has talents and is a good enough player to be able to help her chainmates play better.

The demanding commander of the Blue Jackets has a clear vision of the future of Patrik Laine in mind.

- It is impossible to give a schedule because the players are different and evolve at different times, but he has all the abilities to fight for the Hart Trophy win sometimes.

I really think so, Tortorella shakes without a shake.

The Hart Trophy is the NHL’s most valuable personal award given to the best player in the regular season.

No Finn has won it.

Before that, there are jobs ahead, jobs and even more jobs ahead.

Maybe a few feedback discussions here and there.


 He gets a lot of forgiveness for his shots, but Columbus has more to do than just goals if he wants a lot of ice.

John Tortorella's feedback on the bench comes straight and loud. Photo: Adam Cairns / Zuma / MVPhotos

- He has to learn to work hard.

He gets a lot of forgiveness for his shots, but Columbus has more to do than just goals if he wants a lot of ice.

If he is willing to do the required work, there are no boundaries.

He can be anything.

I had this conversation with Patty, says Tortorella.

He feels it is an important duty to help Wave develop as well as possible.

- It would be unfair to give up because I want to make him a holistic player.

But it's up to him.

He may not want the same and argue against it.

I'm ready to go any which way.

I won’t stop because he has so much potential.

She is only 22 years old, goddamn it!

- He thinks he has all the answers, but he doesn't.

We try to help him find these answers.

Tortorella has coached many star players during his career, but the Yankee pilot doesn't want to directly compare Wave to others at this point.

However, he cites one inspiring example.

- Martin St. Louis had a heart the size of an ice rink.

He won the Hart Trophy and the Stanley Cup.

He was always considered too small for the league, but it just motivated him.

He was told no all the time, but it increased the internal fire that made him a Hall of Fame player.

- Patty is an effective scorer now.

What kind of player he becomes depends on which path he chooses.

Does he have an internal fire to do the required amount of work?

Tortorella ponders.

“If he wants to reach his full potential, he still has no idea how much work needs to be done on it, because he hasn’t embarked on that path yet,” Tortorella says.


 Patty doesn’t yet fully understand what it takes to be a full professional.

It happens through experiences, and not just on ice, but in the booth and team meetings.

Along the way, the right guidance is needed in the right places.

Tortorella feels that today, the role of coaches in the NHL is to play an even more role as a teacher.

- Nowadays, young NHL players want everything right away.

They have been told from a young age how good they are, such as Laine, who is already a big name and raised on a pedestal, Tortorella describes.

- But every player has to learn over time what it is like to be a full-blooded professional.

Patty doesn’t yet fully understand what it takes to be a full professional.

It happens through experiences, and not just on ice, but in the booth and team meetings, Tortorella says.

In the midst of star cult, teaching the right habits is not without problems.

- One should be patient, but it is difficult for a young player who has been painted with everything possible from a young age and has a lot of money flying around, Tortotella says.

- It is the job of our coaches to help keep the player's level from tossing all the time.

I don’t want to see the level tossed because some things have been left out during the development process.

And it’s not necessarily even related to gambling stuff, but it can be something related to growing up as a human being, Tortorella points out.

Early in his coaching career, Tortore held personal development discussions with his players until anesthesia, but he has given up this habit in Columbus.

- If there are any problems with Patty, for example, it will be reviewed in front of the whole team.

Like a couple of weeks ago when that episode happened on the bench.

It was going through in front of the whole team.

I coach not only Patty, but the whole team.

- There are such meetings all the time, because I want this to be open and smooth.

We are a family, so some things have to stay within the family.