The Philadelphia Flyers are a franchise in flux. In mid-June, they named veteran NHL bench boss John Tortorella as their newest head coach to try and bring some stability to a team that is anything but stable.
In shocking news to exactly no one, Torts is already telling the media that he is very concerned about the culture inside of the Flyers locker room. Thursday, Tortorella spoke on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio regarding those concerns.
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“I have major concerns about the room,” Tortorella said. “I’ve spent the summer going back and forth to Philly trying to relocate there. Spent some time in the office talking to players, talking to personnel, talking to Chuck (Fletcher), all the front office, and I have major concerns about what goes on in there.”
The Flyers finished dead last in the Metropolitan Division last season and second-to-last overall in the Eastern Conference ahead of only the Montreal Canadiens. They fired head coach Alain Vigneault in early December after losing eight games in a row and starting the year with an 8-10-4 overall record.
Mike Yeo was named interim coach until he too was fired by the organization on May 3 after the conclusion of the regular season. Torts joins the team after a year away from coaching doing analysis for ESPN. In his last season with Columbus, he led the Blue Jackets to an 18-26-12 record which was good for last in the pandemic format Central Division.
“Before we even step on the ice, situations and standards and accountability in the room is forefront,” Tortorella continued. “You can’t get squat done on the ice until you get your room straightened out, and I think we have a little bit of work to do there.”
At last year’s trade deadline Philly shipped Claude Giroux, the longest-tenured captain in franchise history, to Florida. Giroux wasn’t successful in his Stanley Cup hunt with the Panthers and signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Ottawa Senators this offseason.
The Flyers did not fill that leadership hole on their roster through any addition this summer. Their most notable acquisition actually came in the form of defenseman Tony DeAngelo. The same Tony DeAngelo that was getting into off-ice fights with his own teammates in New York.
“I am in no rush to name a captain,” Tortorella said.
Philadelphia kicks their season off on October 13 with their Home Opener against the New Jersey Devils.
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