Flyers hire Tortorella as head coach on reported 4-year deal

Posted: 17/06/2022 in NHL
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The Philadelphia Flyers officially named John Tortorella the 23rd head coach in franchise history Friday.

The agreement reportedly brings the veteran to the City of Brotherly Love on a four-year deal worth roughly $4 million per season, according to ESPN’s Kevin Weekes.

Tortorella was identified as one of Philadelphia’s candidates in May. The 63-year-old will be the Flyers’ seventh head coach in the last 10 years after the team fired Alain Vigneault this past season and had Mike Yeo complete the campaign in an interim role.

The Flyers have missed the playoffs in three of the past four years after finishing last in the Metropolitan Division in 2021-22.

“John demands the best out of his players every single game. He is a Stanley Cup champion and has a lengthy track record of both regular-season and playoff success,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “During the interview process, we discussed a number of factors that are crucial to bring this team immediate success, and it became clear to me that his vision and style make him the right person to restore a winning environment to our locker room.”

ESPN hired Tortorella as a studio analyst when he and the Columbus Blue Jackets mutually agreed to part ways after six seasons in 2021. The outspoken bench boss has also coached the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks, winning a Stanley Cup in 2004 and two Jack Adams Awards along the way.

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