The news was first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Richards was fired just hours after a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders dropped Columbus to 0-7-0, matching the worst start to a season in modern NHL history.
Tortorella, 57, is expected to make his debut behind the Blue Jackets’ bench on Thursday when they play the Minnesota Wild in Xcel Energy Center. He did not immediately respond to messages left on his cell phone. About freaking time he was killing this team!!!