Philadelphia Flyers faithful took a hit in recent memory. The 2021-22 NHL season was just traumatic. From complete frustration to utter boredom when watching games, there aren’t many emotions that Flyers fans HAVE NOT experienced. The good news is that they’ve found their coach for the foreseeable future according to a report first released by the funniest game insider Kevin Weekes, and oh boy, it looks like next season is going to be full of entertainment in this aspect of the game. .
John Tortorella, depending on who you ask, is the best person or the worst person for this job. After a bad season of 25-46-11 that saw the Flyers finish last in the Metropolitan Division and penultimate (only ahead of the Montreal Canadiens) in the Eastern Conference, something must have changed. Former coach Alain Vigneault was sacked and Mike Yeo filled his interim role. Nothing has improved. So after two coaches fail to push the team in the right direction following some embarrassing losing streak, what does General Manager Chuck Fletcher decide to do? He brings one of the most animated and passionate coaches in the whole world.
There are two different sides to this coin. On the one hand, there is the argument that a team with already slaughtered trust doesn’t need to be further reprimanded. There are a lot of articles out there talking about Tortorella’s conflicts with players and of course the videos screaming and embarrassing reporters who have questions he didn’t seem right for the situation about. Why should it be good for an already fragile locker room?
But, however much Tortorella may be perceived as a bully, he is one who demands a lot from his players. A young team like the Flyers could absolutely use some responsibility to get them back on track. There are obviously bigger problems at stake that a manager cannot solve, but one can fix the structure and confidence, which the Flyers were sorely lacking last season. I wish someone would look at the clip below and say that Flyers don’t need something like the locker room.
One of the biggest problems I already mentioned plagued players last season was the apparent lack of accountability. Players would make very preventable mistakes that would cost the team a goal or even the game, and nothing has changed. It kept happening. Everyone knows that Tortorella will not fly under. If someone makes a mistake that he doesn’t like, he will feel his wrath at him. The punishment will be swift. Nobody likes to be punished and if a player feels he can cut corners, Tortorella will let him know very quickly that he can’t.
At the end of the day, whether you agree with the hiring or not, there will be fireworks from the Flyers team in and most likely off the ice as well. Tortorella has been around for quite some time, so almost everyone knows what to expect when he gets involved in an organization. The pre- and post-match media press will attract the attention of far more fans from both the Flyers and the outside markets, and the locker room will certainly get back into shape very quickly. For a team that knows last season was an unacceptable display of low resilience and no accountability, taking on Tortorella may not be the worst thing in the world. I doubt anyone had him at the top of their coaching list, but players could definitely take advantage of the stern and brutally honest nature of someone like Tortorella.
There is still a long way to go in the offseason for the Orange, but completing the coaching quest was a good first step, and it’s only a matter of time before we see how it turns out. While the Flyers will be boring next season which is a very real possibility, the new manager will give fans a reason to tune in.