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John Tortorella named head coach of Philadelphia Flyers

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John Tortorella has been named head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. team announced on Friday.

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“I’m thrilled to nominate John as the Flyers’ next head coach and a voice off the bench,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “John demands the best from his players in every game. He is a Stanley Cup winner and has a great track record in both the regular season and the playoffs. During the course of the interview, we discussed a number of factors that are critical to the immediate success of this team, and it became clear to me that his vision and style make him the right person to restore a winning atmosphere in our dressing room.”

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It is reported that a four-year contract with $16 million rangewho will soon turn 64, Tortorella will replace Mike Yeoh, who took over the team on an interim basis after Alain Vigno was sacked in December.

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Tortorella last season worked as an NHL analyst for ESPN after six years as coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After a series of interviews conducted by Fletcher, Tortorella found himself on the final list of names along with Barry Trotz, who was fired by the New York Islanders in May. Trotz reportedly turned down a job with the Flyers as it looks like he will be moving to the Winnipeg Jets.

A lot of work

The Flyers went 17-36-7 under Yeoh, which likely played a big role in Fletcher’s evaluation of head coach candidates. They finished with the worst powerplay in the NHL (12.6%), the ten worst penalty kills (75.7%), the second-most goals scored (210), and the sixth-most goals conceded (294).

In January, Comcast CEO Dave Scott stressed that the team is not rebuilding and what they want is “aggressively refit“. An infusion of top-notch talent would be nice, plus some of their younger players making big strides in their development would help the organization move forward again to become a playoff team again.

Tortorella has a track record of improving teams and while expectations may not lead to a complete roster change for 2022-23, roster improvements will go a long way. He can be demanding on his players, but Tortorella has a fan in clothes. Cam Atkinsonwho played under him in Columbus.

“From the very first conversation with Chuck, I knew it was right for me and I believe in the direction this team is going,” Tortorella said. “Having played for the Flyers for several years, I know firsthand how difficult it is to play in Philadelphia and I look forward to being on the right side of the bench in front of such a dedicated and passionate crowd of Flyers fans. “.

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Sean Leahy writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.



Source: nhl.nbcsports.com

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