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Keith Yandle, who broke the NHL’s consecutive games played record in January, says he’s calling it a career.

The longtime defenseman announced his plans to hang up his skates on Tuesday’s episode of the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast.

“I’m shutting it down, I’m retiring from the game of hockey,” Yandle said.

He added: “I’m really at ease with (the decision), and I’m looking forward to the next chapter, for sure.”

Yandle broke Doug Jarvis’ ironman record by suiting up for his 965th straight contest on Jan. 25. His streak ended at 989 contests on April 2 when he was a healthy scratch. Yandle’s run stretched from March 26, 2009, to March 29, 2022.

The Boston-born blue-liner played his final season with the Philadelphia Flyers. He previously spent five campaigns with the Florida Panthers, parts of two seasons with the New York Rangers, and nine seasons with the Arizona Coyotes, who were known as the Phoenix Coyotes for his first eight campaigns.

Yandle was one of the best defensemen in the NHL during his prime and continued to produce late in his career. The veteran amassed a career-high 62 points in 2018-19 and collected at least 50 points in four other campaigns. He retires with 103 goals and 516 assists over 1,109 games.

Yandle played 16 NHL seasons after the Coyotes drafted him 105th overall in 2005. He turned 36 on Sept. 9.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier is week-to-week with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated during training camp, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Monday.

The Flyers said last week that Couturier received final medical clearance and would be a full participant in training camp.

Couturier played just 29 games last season due to a back injury. He underwent surgery in February.

Anthony SanFilippo of Crossing Broad reported Monday that Couturier would miss significant time to start the 2022-23 campaign after suffering a herniated disc in his back during strength and conditioning drills last week. However, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman followed up by stating that the injury’s severity is still being determined.

Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli added that the Flyers are hoping Couturier’s back heals in six-to-eight weeks. If it doesn’t, he would reportedly need surgery.

Couturier tallied six goals and 11 assists in 29 games last season. His 0.59 points per game is his worst mark since 2016-17.

The 29-year-old won the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward in 2019-20. He’s set to enter the first season of an eight-year, $62-million extension he signed during the 2021 offseason.

Behind Couturier, the Flyers’ center depth consists of Kevin HayesScott LaughtonMorgan FrostPatrick Brown, and Artem Anisimov, who Philadelphia signed to a professional tryout Monday.

John Tortorella has been head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers for just over two months now, and the outspoken veteran hasn’t exactly given the team a vote of confidence.

“I have major concerns about the room,” Tortorella said recently during an appearance on SiriusXM. “I’ve spent the summer going back and forth … to Philly trying to relocate there. But (I) spent some time in the office talking to players, talking to personnel, talking to (general manager) Chuck (Fletcher), all the front office, and I have major concerns about what goes on in there.

“Before we even step on the ice, situations and standards and accountability in the room is forefront. You can’t get squat done on the ice until you get your room straightened out, and I think we have a little bit of work to do there.”

Tortorella added that he’s in no rush to name a new captain to replace Claude Giroux, who went to the Florida Panthers prior to the trade deadline and signed with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent in July. Giroux donned the “C” from 2013-22 and is the longest-tenured captain in franchise history.

The bench boss echoed similar concerns about the Flyers when the team hired him in June. During his introductory presser, Tortorella said Philadelphia’s culture had to change for the organization to improve.

The Flyers struggled in 2021-22 and finished among the worst teams with a 25-46-11 record while posting the league’s third-worst goal differential (minus-87).

Tortorella spent the past season as a studio analyst for ESPN after he and the Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to part ways in May 2021.

The Flyers will take on the Boston Bruins during their first preseason game on Sept. 24.

The Philadelphia Flyers have placed forward Oskar Lindblom on unconditional waivers to buy out the final year of his contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Lindblom has one year remaining on his current deal at a cap hit of $3 million.

“This was a very difficult decision to make and one that we spent a lot of time examining,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. “No one can question the desire, will, and strength to overcome all that Oskar has been through off the ice in order to return to the game he loves. Further, Oskar’s commitment to his teammates and impact in our room has been immeasurable. He is truly an inspiration to us all, and he will always remain a special part of the Philadelphia Flyers family. We wish him all the best as he continues his NHL career.”

Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a form of blood cancer – in 2019. He finished treatment and returned to the Flyers, winning the Masterton Trophy for dedication to the sport in 2021.

The Flyers also announced Tuesday they’d be donating $100,000 in Lindblom’s name to local charities that help families impacted by cancer.

Lindblom was a fifth-round pick of the Flyers in 2014. He notched 97 points in 263 games with the club.

Philadelphia will save $3.3 million in cap space this season by buying Lindblom out and will owe $666,667 in 2023-24, according to CapFriendly.

The Carolina Hurricanes traded defenseman Tony DeAngelo to the Philadelphia Flyers for a trio of draft picks, the teams announced.

The Canes will receive a 2024 second-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick. The Flyers are also getting a 2022 seventh-rounder.

Philadelphia is also signing DeAngelo, a restricted free agent, to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $5 million, according to LeBrun.

DeAngelo, 26, recorded 51 points in 64 games with the Canes last season – his lone campaign in Carolina. He’s regarded as a talented offensive defenseman, but he struggles defensively.

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Before joining the Canes, DeAngelo spent the previous four seasons with the New York Rangers before they bought out his contract. DeAngelo was infamously involved in a skirmish with Rangers teammate Alexandar Georgiev in 2020-21 and was placed on waivers the next day.

DeAngelo now joins a Flyers blue line that projects as follows:

LDRD
Ivan ProvorovRyan Ellis
Travis SanheimTony DeAngelo
Cam YorkRasmus Ristolainen

However, Ellis missed all but four games last season, and his status for 2022-23 is still in question.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, will need reinforcements on their blue line. The team only has Jaccob SlavinBrett PesceBrady Skjei, and Jalen Chatfield signed for next season. Ethan Bear is an RFA, but his return isn’t guaranteed. Both Ian Cole and Brendan Smith are UFAs.

Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella admitted during his introductory press conference Friday that his team has a long way to go after a tough 2021-22 season.

“I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to be Stanley Cup contenders next year. I get that,” he said. “I know there’s some work to do. … That’s what I want to do, that’s what coaches do. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

He continued: “I’m not afraid of what people are saying about the team. I get it’s out there. It fuels me. … I’m looking forward to getting to the bunker in that locker room with all the Flyers and (going) about our business.”

Despite winning six of their first 10 games, the Flyers finished last in the Metropolitan Division with a 25-46-11 record under Alain Vigneault and interim bench boss Mike Yeo. Philadelphia missed the playoffs for the third time in the past four years.

Tortorella believes his first order of business is to improve the team’s play around the puck to make life easier for young netminder Carter Hart.

“I think we need to give Carter a little more support as far as how we play around him, allow him to really get himself into the National Hockey League. … This is how you go about it,” Tortorella said.

The Flyers ranked in the bottom third of the league in shot attempts for (46.6%), expected goals for (46.5%), and scoring chances for (44.9%), per Natural Stat Trick. They also gave up the seventh-most high-danger chances at five-on-five this season.

Tortorella added that, though he isn’t a fan of the term, Philadelphia’s “culture” needs to change.

“Bottom line is, I want the team to be hard,” he said. “I think we need to present ourselves, look harder coming off the bus, coming into buildings. I want other teams to say, ‘You know what? We’ve got our hands full tonight.'”

A two-time Jack Adams Award winner, Tortorella spent the 2021-22 season as a studio analyst for ESPN.

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.

The Philadelphia Flyers are in the final stages of negotiating a contract with John Tortorella for their head coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes reports.

The deal is not done, but the team has offered the 63-year-old the job, Weekes adds.

Tortorella was identified as one of the Flyers’ coaching candidates last month, and he said he was “very fortunate” to have interviewed with the franchise.

Philadelphia is in the process of selecting its seventh bench boss in the last 10 years after opting to move on from interim boss Mike Yeo. Yeo took over for Alain Vigneault in December and finished the season last in the Metropolitan Division.

Tortorella became a studio analyst for ESPN after he and the Columbus Blue Jackets mutually agreed to part ways following the 2020-21 campaign. He coached the Ohio franchise for six seasons, qualifying for the playoffs four times.

The two-time Jack Adams Award winner has also coached the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and Tampa Bay Lightning in his career, winning a Stanley Cup with the Bolts in 2004.

Philadelphia Flyers interim head coach Mike Yeo won’t return to the position next season, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Tuesday, according to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman.

Yeo entered the season as one of Philadelphia’s assistant coaches but was temporarily promoted in December after Alain Vigneault was fired. Yeo was unable to get the Flyers on track, posting a 17-36-7 record after taking over behind the bench.

The 48-year-old previously held head coaching positions with the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.

The Flyers’ next head coach will be their seventh since 2010.

The Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets are also in search of a new bench boss this offseason after missing the playoffs.

Fresh off of helping Denver win a national championship, forward Bobby Brink has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced Sunday.

Philadelphia selected Brink 34th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. The 20-year-old led all college hockey players with 57 points this season, logging 14 goals and 43 assists as a junior.

Brink was also named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which is given out annually to the top college men’s ice hockey player.

“Bobby possesses a high compete level combined with terrific hockey sense and offensive skill that has led him to succeed at every level he has played in his young career,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said.

The Minnesota native has also represented the United States at two World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2021 after pitching in with six points in seven games.

Brink will end his college career with 27 goals and 65 assists in 84 contests.