Barry Trotz still looks like a perfect fit for the Flyers position as head coach – but can they get it?

When the islanders shot Barry Trotz a little over a week in May, one can only imagine how wide Chuck Fletcher’s eyes were and how high his eyebrows were.

A team in a place like the Flyers, new to the hunt for a head coach, and a future Hall of Fame seat president they’ve long admired suddenly enters the open market?

Barry, sorry to hear; But when do you want to chat?

Heading into mid-June, Trotz still appears to be highly regarded by the Flyers and for their coaching position to become vacant.

According to a report Saturday by’s Frank Ceravalli, the Flyers have narrowed their shortlist, with Trotz and John Tortorella among the finalists.

Trotz, a Stanley Cup winner (2018) and third in all regular season wins (914), could be his pick of the off-season trash. Including the Flyers, there are currently seven main coaching positions available: Blackhawks, Bruins, Golden Knights, Jets, Red Wings and Stars.

Pilots have stiff competition, especially from aircraft. Trotz, who turns 60 next month, is from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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As the clubs wait for the first boot to fall, it’s clear why the Flyers like Troutz so much.

Someone whose presence requires respect? Examines.

Someone with a winning track record? Examines.

Someone who can turn the team around quickly? Examines.

Someone with a detail oriented, target prevention system? Examines.

When Flyers hired Alain Vigneault in April 2019, Fletcher cited islanders as a prime example of rapid turnaround.

“Look at the job that Lou Lamorillo and Barry Trotz did,” Flyers’ general manager said at the time. “They’ve gone from a team that looked away and lost a major piece this summer, and they’re in the second round now.”

In 2017-18, the season prior to Trotz’s arrival, the islanders allowed the worst 3.57 NHL goals to be scored in a single game. In 2018-19, his first season with New York, the islanders scored the fewest league goals per game at 2.33.

Over the past two seasons, the Flyers have conceded 3.56 goals per game, the most in the National Hockey League.

And the last time the Flyers played a qualifier in 2020, the Trouts Islanders eliminated them in the second round of Game 7. Fletcher mentioned how bad the New York game was, going back to pre-season.

The fiery and powerful Tortorella also has an impressive track record and is well known by those in the Flyers organization. Per Seravalli’s report, the 64-year-old is believed to have completed his second interview with the Flyers last week. Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman said last month that Tortorella had a “legitimate opportunity” in the Flyers job.

Will Trotz be the man? Is it Tortorella time? Or is there a seriously black horse in the mix?

We’ll soon see how far Trotz has been leading the wait for summer.

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