Sports Philadelphia Flyers hire veteran John Tortorella as coach

Philadelphia Flyers hire veteran John Tortorella as coach


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PHILADELPHIA – John Tortorella is the only motley compiler with highlighted reels about the NHL coach. There are censored versions of his rants. Uncensored versions. Outraged at reporters. At his players. There is a video of “6 minutes of John Tortorella Angry Moments” which can be clicked after watching his 10 minutes of ridiculous moments.

The Philadelphia Flyers are set to enter next season by winning the Stanley Cup.

So why look at flyers? Because with Tortorella calling for shots, flyers are definitely not boring.

Tortorella, however, is more than just a sound bite – he knows how to undertake extensive rehabilitation projects and turn teams into winners. Currently built flyers are not ready to win.

Under a coach nicknamed Torts, he promised they would be there soon.

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“I’m going to coach that team right away,” Tortorella said Friday. “It’s a very difficult camp, with a lot of skating. They will be told about this here in the summer as to how we are going to get to it. We are attacking. It’s not going to happen, it’s rebuilding, retouching, I guess no matter what language is used.

Next week the 64-year-old Tortorella franchise emerges as the latest new Flyers coach, which has become an idea in Philly. Flyers The Coaches used the agency search engine to compile a list of names and interview eight candidates.

General manager Chuck Fletcher wanted to be an “experienced, respected coach” with a “long successful track record” and settled on Tortorella and a four-year contract. The Flyers last played in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. They did not win the championship after the Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975 respectively.

“It takes a while for players to understand me,” Tortorella said.

He is known for his occasional angry and undemanding coaching style and he has clashed for years with his players ’share. Tortorella says he has softened his style despite years of developing players and old-school tactics being eliminated from the league. But changes only come to a certain point.

“I want the team to work hard,” he said. “We have to show ourselves and work hard. The bus is coming down. Coming into buildings. I want the other teams to say, you know, we’re done with our hands tonight.

Consider his previous stops:

– The Columbus Blue Jackets have had two playoff appearances in their first 15 years of existence. Tortorella inherited the 0-7 team in 2015, going the rest of the way 34-33-8 and Columbus making the playoffs for his next four full seasons.

– Tortorella reached the East Finals with the New York Rangers in 2012 and had two more playoff seasons until he was replaced by Alain Vignolt in 2013 – he continued two-plus seasons with the Flyers and was eliminated last season as they finished last. Metropolitan Division.

– Before they became a modern dynasty, Lightning had a playoff berth in their first 10 years, with Tortorella taking charge in 2001, leading to the West Semifinals in 2003 and winning the Stanley Cup the following season.

Tortorella, who has worked for ESPN this season, has dismissed criticism that his style wears off teams quickly. Tortorella has been at 673-541-37-132 for almost 20 seasons, including just one season with Vancouver and was sacked with four years left on his contract.

“I put it in a box,” he said. “I coach hard. But I will always be fair with these guys and they will have complete honesty from me.

Times have changed for Tortorella and Flyers over the last 20 years. He told Fletcher how much he liked coaching in Philly when Lightning Flyers was knocked out in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004.

“This is where I love to be a coach,” Tortorella said. “Everything about the passion of the people, the building, the city. It’s really nice to me. ”

Once one of the most intimidating areas in the NHL, attendance at the Wells Fargo Center has dropped to just a few thousand people at home games this season, and road teams have won 21 times this season. Years of poor drafting, inadequate talent evaluation and flyers being towed by six coaches in 10 years.

“I’m not going to criticize anything that happened before,” Tortorella said. “I know it’s a bit of a struggle. I think Chuck and I spoke the same language on how to resolve this quickly.

Like many new hires, Tortorella wants what it wants from specific players or how to manage Fletcher trades, draft and free agency how it should be this summer. Tortorella emphasizes that playing away from the puck is a necessary source for development.

“Players will respond if they know you are being demanded, but you are being demanded in the sense that you care about them,” Fletcher said. “You’re not demanding for yourself, you are demanding to improve the player, to improve the team.”

Flyers don’t care how the results come out as long as he can add another video to his collection while flying the Stanley Cup in Philadelphia.

“I’m not sitting here and saying we’ve going to be Stanley Cup competitors next year, I’ll get it,” he said. “I know there’s some work to be done.”

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