By Aaron Portzline (The Athletic)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The interview usually takes place over lunch at John Tortorella’s favorite diner in the village of Galena, just a few miles from the family’s farm. Two weeks before the start of training camp, Tortorella agrees to sit down with The Athletic for a wide-ranging chat to frame the upcoming season.

But this is not a typical year, of course. The Tortorella interview took place on Monday as the veteran coach was driving to Nationwide Arena to meet with his assistant coaches to start mapping out a training camp schedule.

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