This is the sound of a relieved Columbus Blue Jackets captain, Nick Foligno, when it’s relayed to him that coach John Tortorella won’t be running one his legendary make-’em-sweat-till-they-puke training camps this summer.
“Tortorella’s training camp is notorious for being a real hard training camp, and I’m sure he’ll be the first one to say that this time it’ll have to be completely different,” GM Jarmo Kekalainen explains.
“It will be completely different from preparing for the training camp and first game of the season, when you still have 81 left. This will be the first game of the playoffs. It will be the most important game of the year.”
The Blue Jackets, fashioned well after the man with the whistle dangling from his neck, are the poster boys for a grinding, pounding, slapshot-eating, suffocating brand of hockey that tends to serve teams well when stakes are high.