Flyers featuring John Tortorella’s coaching job, per source

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It may be John Tortorella’s time approaching.

A source confirmed that the Flyers team planned to offer their main coaching job to the old Tortorella Fire School.

ESPN’s Kevin Wikes The news was first reported late Tuesday night. At 11:04 p.m. ET, Wikes reported that the club and Tortorella were in “late stage negotiations” but no agreement had been reached.

If Tortorella is the man, he will take over the Flyers who missed the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94. The organization suffered from the disastrous 2021-22 season in which the club went 25-46-11. During those last two seasons, the Flyers conceded 3.56 goals per game, the worst in the league.

Tortorella, who turns 64 in nine days, has 20 years of experience coaching the NHL president. The trademarks of the teams Tortorella coaches are accountability and discipline. They play the right way and block goals.

“Obviously the injuries were an important part of things, but I think it’s a little bit deeper than that,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in early May after his team’s season. “We’ve really struggled this year. We’ve been defending the whole time and that’s something we have to look at. We didn’t get out of Zone D well enough. So there are definitely things we have to look at in terms of our chassis, our details. We didn’t have enough tweaks and when we defended all the way through. Time, bad things happen.

“I’m going back to the process and hopefully by training and looking at a few different ways we can try to get a little tweak more often and not spend a lot of time in the D-zone, which makes the game a little easier.”

He led Tortorella Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup title, is a two-time Jack Adams (Coach of the Year) winner, has three seasons of 100 points or more, 12 playoff berths and 10 consecutive wins.

He last coached the Blue Jackets team in 2020-21 and has been hanging out in-studio colors for ESPN this season. Those in the Flyers organization know his track record all too well. He coached the Rangers for parts of five seasons.

Cam Atkinson, who soon became a respected member of the Flyers leadership group, played with Tortorella during the coach’s entire tenure at Columbus. The Blue Jackets allowed for the lowest 11 NHL goals per game at 2.75 in parts of six seasons under Tortorella and had the highest 10 goals during that period at 81.2 percent.

Before Tortorella took the helm at Columbus, the Bluejackets had missed the playoffs for 14 of 16 seasons since the franchise’s inception in 2000. With Tortorella, Columbus had run four consecutive appearances after the season.

“You’re training your way of playing,” Atkinson said at his end of the season press conference in late April. “Especially when you turn pro, I learned that from John Tortorella.” “He was great in that aspect.

“I think next year we’ll just have to find a way to get a little more grit, some more jam and more ‘F you’ in our game, on both sides of the disc. In our midst, defending the goalkeeper crease them. I think we were a very soft team this general in my opinion.

Tortorellas can be laconic but often entertaining. Some would argue that his non-bull training style comes with a short shelf life.

His resume is deep but he hasn’t had the same amount of success in the playoffs as some of the other coaches in the league. Tortorella is 56-64 in the post-season and struggled with six exits in the opening round.

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