It’s official, John Tortorella has been hired by the Flyers

After many rumors circulating in the past days, it is now official: John Tortorella will be the next coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kevin Weekes was the first to report this news. according to him, mistakes They reportedly signed a four-year contract worth $4 million annually. Additionally, according to Weekes, new Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy was to sign a five-year contract worth $4.5 million per season.

Tortorella has been an ESPN analyst this season. He got that position after being fired by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the end of the 2021 season. It took a huge decade to get him out of “retirement”, but the pilots were pretty fierce in their pursuit. As my colleague Felix Forget reported yesterday, they were going to offer Barry Trotz $7 million a year, but he would have turned down the offer.

In short, it was a desperate organization.

He will therefore replace interim coach Mike Yeo, who replaced Alain Vignolet after the latter was sacked last December.

Tortorella will have a lot of pressure on him because the pilots want to win now. They have gone through a lot of disappointments in recent seasons and general manager Chuck Fletcher has made several deals in the past to keep the club competitive now.

Several of these (acquisitions and signings of Kevin Hayes and Rasmus Ristolainen), have had highly questionable outcomes. Many wonder how Fletcher still holds his job. This year seems to be his last chance.

With a four-season deal in hand, Tortorella could sleep well. He will be able to install his system and culture without fear of thanking him for several years.

The “fit” between John Tortorella and the city of Philadelphia seems perfect. He’s a tough, old-school coach who doesn’t speak what he thinks. We can definitely expect several viral press conferences next year.

But is his method suitable for the NHL today? no. It is not for nothing that he was expelled from Columbus. His way of managing players does not pass with today’s youth.

By the way, this is what the player who trained him for eight years said …

So, will this recruitment be successful? Mostly not. Philadelphia has many overpaid veterans, such as Hayes and James Van Riemsdyk. Young goalkeeper Carter Hart is not developing as expected. Also, the team only has about $5 million in salary cap space for next season. So it will be very difficult to improve the team.

The most likely scenario in the Pennsylvania capital is that for the third time in four years, the team misses the playoffs and Fletcher loses his job.

Then the next general manager will be taken with little wiggle room, a bank of poor prospects and an old coach with a sour temper.

Torts are likely to be at least very entertaining…

Many of

– Absolutely. We can expect another difficult year.

In the long run, the Canadian definitely wins from this trade.

– That would be… special

Suzuki, Edmundson or Gallagher?

Good news for Quebec



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