I would say Tortorella is just doing his job as a coach, keeping his players focused and motivated. No harm, no foul.
I don't think he "sat on his hands." What high-end forwards were available to sign, other than the one he signed? The others were already here and exercised their right to sign elsewhere. And – this is important to remember – we don't know the half of what Kekalainen has been involved with that didn't (or hasn't) materialized. The Blue Jackets have made the playoffs three straight years in a tough division/conference and are two years removed from 50 wins without Artemi Panarin on the team.