As the Columbus Blue Jackets spiral down the standings, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen gave head coach John Tortorella a vote of confidence on Tuesday.
"This coaching staff has gotten us out of slumps before. They've done a great job in the past five or six years they've been here. They are the ones that are going to get out of this jam as well, with the team that we have," Kekalainen said.
Columbus is 8-10-5 on the season. Their .457 points percentage puts them second-to-last in the Central Division ahead of Detroit, whom the Blue Jackets host on Tuesday night. Columbus is winless in its last five games (0-4-1) and has one win in its last eight games (1-5-2).
When told of that vote of confidence from his general manager, Tortorella said, "I appreciate that. I just hate him having to do that."
Tortorella, 62, is in his sixth season with the Blue Jackets, having led them to the playoffs four times. He said over the weekend that he wasn't concerned about his job security.