Wikes, a former NHL goalkeeper and current analyst for ESPN, posted on Twitter late Tuesday night his report saying that the deal had not yet been finalized and that more negotiations were needed.
“I was told the Philadelphia Flyers were in a late stage of negotiations with John Tortorella. The deal didn’t go through, but my understanding is that he was offered the job,” Wikes said.
In May, Weekes was the first to report that Tortorella was one of the coaches interviewed for the vacant head coach position with the Flyers.
Tortorella last coached the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2020-21 season.
He has been working as an ESPN analyst covering the NHL for the past year.
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Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004. He also coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.
Flyers are looking to replace interim coach Mike Yu, who took over after the sacking of Alan Viñault in December.
The Flyers finished the season last in the DC division with a score of 25-46-11.
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