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It wasn’t an absolute vote of confidence that John Tortorella will finish this season as the Blue Jackets’ head coach, but it was close.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen arranged a video conference Tuesday to address a bubbling cauldron of issues that includes his team’s “maddening” inconsistency, a five-game winless streak that’s part of a larger 1-5-2 slide plus increasing chatter that Tortorella is on the hot seat.

“We’ve got a new opportunity tonight, again, to get back on track and I wanted to have this call to just kind of clarify that this coaching staff has gotten us out of slumps before,” Kekalainen said as the Blue Jackets prepared to play the Detroit Red Wings. “They’ve done a great job for us in the past five to six years that they’ve been here, and they are the ones that are going to get out of this jam, as well, with the team that we have.”

Kekalainen conducted the video conference from his…