The Philadelphia Flyers are coming off very disappointing season. They finished dead last in the Metropolitan Division with a 25-46-11 record. The franchise is still only two years removed from finishing in second place and a playoff berth. But it's pretty clear that the organization is now in rebuild mode. That was made evident by the trade of Claude Giroux at the NHL trade deadline this past season.
The Flyers fired Alain Vigneault in early December after a terrible start to the season. Interim coach Mike Yeo was unable to turn the ship around as the Flyers went 17-36-7 with him at the helm. It was announced that he would not return as the head coach in Philadelphia.
Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher acknowledged that Yeo was put in a tough position, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, saying “We dealt Mike a really tough hand… He’s a good coach. I thought he did a really good job under the circumstances. He kept our players competing and playing hard ‘til the end.”
Nevertheless, the Flyers are heading in another direction. Apparently, that direction could lead them to a former Stanley Cup winning coach.
Flyers interview John Tortorella for head coaching job, per source https://t.co/3hcFWGmq4W
— NHL on Scoreboard Page (@NHLonSP) May 24, 2022
Philadelphia is set to interview John Tortorella to fill their void at head coach. Tortorella coached the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won the Stanley Cup in 2004. He last coached in 2020-2021 as the Columbus Blue Jackets head man. This season, he worked as an analyst for ESPN. The soon-to-be 64-year-old is an old school type coach who holds his players accountable. Considering the youth on the Flyers roster, that might make an interesting fit.
With how deep and talented the Eastern Conference is, whoever the Flyers hire, they have their work cut out for them.