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

After many rumors made the rounds in the last few days, it’s now official: John Tortorella will be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

It was Kevin Weekes who first reported this news. according to him wrong He reportedly signed a four-year deal worth $4 million a year. In addition, according to Weekes, Vegas’ new coach Bruce Cassidy would have signed a five-year contract worth $4.5 million per season.

Tortorella was an analyst at ESPN this season. He was given that position after being fired from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the end of the 2021 season. It would take a big contract to bring him out of “retirement,” but the Flyers were very aggressive in their pursuit. As my colleague Félix Forget reported yesterday, they would have offered Barrydiot $7 million a year but he would have turned down the offer.

In short, it was a desperate organization.

He will replace caretaker manager Mike Yeo, who took the place of Alain Vigneault after he was sacked last December.

Tortorella will have a lot of pressure on him as the Flyers are looking to win now. They’ve had many disappointments in recent seasons and general manager Chuck Fletcher has made plenty of deals in the past to keep the club competitive now.

Some of these (acquisitions and signings of Kevin Hayes and Rasmus Ristolainen) have had very questionable results. Many wonder how Fletcher still has his job. It seems that this year is his last chance.

With a Four Seasons Pact in hand, Tortorella can sleep well. He will be able to install his system and culture without fear of being thanked for several years.

The “fit” between John Tortorella and the city of Philadelphia seems perfect. He’s an intense old-school trainer who doesn’t speak his mind. We can certainly expect several viral press conferences over the next year.

But is his method appropriate for today’s NHL? nope. It was not for nothing that he was kicked out of Columbus. His way of managing players just doesn’t suit today’s youngsters.

By the way, here’s what a player who coached him for eight years had to say…

So will this job be a success? Probably not. Philadelphia has several overpaid veterans like Hayes and James Van Riemsdyk. Young goalie Carter Hart just isn’t developing as expected. Also, the team only has about $5 million in salary cap for next season. So it becomes very difficult to improve the squad.

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

The next general manager would then be taken with little room to maneuver, a bench with poor prospects and an old coach with a hot temper.

At least Torts should be very entertaining…


– Absolutely. We have another difficult year ahead of us.

– In the long run, the Canadian definitely benefits from this trade.

– That would be… special

– Suzuki, Edmundson or Gallagher?

-Good news for Quebecers

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