The Philadelphia Flyers named their next head coach in John Tortorella. The Flyers fired their last head coach, Alain Vigneault, after starting this past season with a record of 8-10-4. After the firing, the Flyers named Mike Yeo as their interim head coach.
John Tortorella is a veteran NHL head coach. Despite the lengthy list of coaches available this offseason, Tortorella definitely is one of the top candidates around. He most recently coached the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2021, and this past year he worked with ESPN during their hockey broadcasts.
Tortorella won a Stanley Cup coaching the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and he has been behind the bench for over 1300 NHL games. As a coach, Tortorella has a record of 673-541-37-132. He has been coaching for long enough that his record includes ties.
Tortorella is a coach that can make a good team great, or for the Flyers an average team good. After a rough season where the Flyers missed the playoffs and saw them trade their captain as a rental, adding Tortorella is a good call.
Joining the Flyers reunited Tortorella with one of his former players as well in Cam Atkinson. Atkinson and Tortorella are a part of the group that last beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the postseason. Both of them were a part of the Blue Jackets when they swept the Lightning in 2019.
Atkinson put up 50 points this past season with the Flyers. He will be a big part of the future of the team and could help them turn things around.
This upcoming season will be fun for Flyers fans, but it could see a lot of teams try to score crazy goals on them, at least after Tortorella’s response after Trevor Zegras shocked the world earlier this season.
Flyers fans should be happy with the selection of Tortorella as head coach. He is someone the team can get behind and he is always fun to watch interact with the media. We will have to wait and see what else the Flyers have in store this summer.