New Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella has focused on tackling problems inside the team’s locker room this season.
Veterans Center Sean Couturier It is believed that the team’s off-season moves – add Tony D’AngeloAnd the Nicolas Desloriers And the Justin Brown – He will help turn the mentality of the team on the ice.
“I like the way our team is built,” Couturier told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “If you look at our division, it’s a very tough division. We brought in some solidity. I don’t think there will be more teams that annoy us like we’ve been in the last couple of years sometimes.
“We don’t seem to have, on paper, maybe that big star or the famous players, but I think as a team we can come together, do some damage and prove everyone wrong.”
The Flyers finished last season in the Metropolitan Division with a record total of 25-46-11 under coach Alan Vignault and then Mike Yu while missing the playoffs for the third time in four years.
straight ahead Kevin Hayes He’s never played under Tortorella but after doing his duty to speak to other NHL players who have been involved, he’s excited about the changes to come.
“He’s an incredible guy,” Hayes said. “He accounts for everyone differently.” “It’s exciting. If you can’t stand being yelled at or pushed to a certain point, and if you don’t handle that the right way and it kind of fades away from it, it can be a tough road for you.
“If we’re going to change the culture, I think Tortus is the right guy to do it. He’s kind of a neutral guy, holding everyone accountable – whether you’ve played 1,000 games or you’re a rookie.
“I know the fans are kind of getting on with our team at the moment. It’s easy to say, but this is a new year, a new team. I think we’re off to the right start with our whole squad here so early.”
Tortorella’s main concerns
Tortorella has stated on multiple occasions, including his introductory press conference, that he believes the team’s problems go beyond playing on ice.
“I have big concerns about the (locker) room,” Tortorella repeated to SiriusXM NHL network radio last week. “I’ve been spending some time in the office talking to the players, talking to the staff, talking to (general manager) Chuck (Fletcher), all the front offices. I have major concerns about what’s going on there.
“Before we step on the ice, attitudes, standards, and accountability in the room come to the fore. You can’t do squats on the ice until your room is straightened, and I think we have a little bit of work to do there.”
Tortorella will return to the bench this season for the first time since leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets after the 2020-21 season. The 64-year-old, who won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, has a record of 673-541-37-132 over his 20 years as head coach.