Blue Jackets Forward Matt Calvert Was Happy With His Game This Season, And Fired Back at Coach John Tortorella

By Sam Blazer on April 28, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Many players on the Columbus Blue Jackets had inconsistent years. Matt Calvert was not one of those players; he tied career highs in multiple categories and also had a great postseason. 

During his exit interviews after the Blue Jackets series loss to the Washington Capitals, he extolled his virtues and let it be known that he thought that he had a good year.

“I’m pretty honest with myself,” Calvert said. “I was happy with my game this year. ... I brought everything I could for the amount of the minutes I play.”

It comes after comments from Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said that Calvert's play was like a "toilet seat" since it was so up and down. Naturally, Calvert didn't take kindly to the comments.

“The only thing that was up and down like a toilet seat was my time on ice," he quipped. "I’d play 15 minutes one game, then eight the next game. If he wants to talk about a toilet seat going up and down, maybe he keeps my minutes more steady.”

Pair the comments with the fact that Calvert is an unrestricted free agent, he knows that his time with the team may be coming to an end. He even recognized it during his final skate around the Nationwide Arena ice after Game 6.

"When we did the stick raise to the fans, I definitely took a look," he said. "You just never know. Even last year, I did it, and you have the expansion draft. You could be traded at any moment in this league. You're somewhere for eight years, you know? It becomes a bit of a home to you and I know we've enjoyed our time here. So, I definitely took a look around, knowing it could be a possibility that I might never play here again."

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