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John Tortorella Officially Named Head Coach Of The Philadelphia Flyers

from NHL.com,

John Tortorella was named coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

Tortorella, who will turn 64 on June 24, replaces Mike Yeo, who was fired May 3. He worked as a television analyst for ESPN this season and confirmed May 24 he had discussions with Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher.

"I am very excited to be joining such a historic and well-respected franchise like the Philadelphia Flyers," Tortorella said. "From my very first conversation with Chuck, I knew this was the right fit for me and I believe in the direction this team is heading.

"Having faced the Flyers for several years, I know first hand how tough of a city Philly is to play in and I look forward to being on the right side of the bench on opening night in front of such a loyal and passionate crowd of Flyers fans."


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Report- Coaching Search In Philadelphia Down To Trotz And Tortorella

from Frank Seravali of The Daily Faceoff,

The Philadelphia Flyers have narrowed down their list of head coaching candidates, sources tell Daily Faceoff. The finalists are believed to include Barry Trotz and John Tortorella, two benches bosses with nearly 3,500 NHL games of experience between them, each with a Stanley Cup on their resume.


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Coaching Candidates For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff,

The Philadelphia Flyers, fresh off a last-place finish in the Metropolitan Division this past season, are going big-game hunting in their search to replace Mike Yeo as head coach after he took over as interim coach in December 2021 following Alain Vigneault’s firing.

Per sources, former New York Rangers head coach and 2022 men’s U.S. Olympic coach David Quinn is drumming up plenty of interest. He’s interviewing with the Flyers and also the Detroit Red Wings, who recently parted ways with coach Jeff Blashill. Quinn, 55, joined the Rangers starting in 2018-19 after an illustrious college coaching career in which he led Boston University to multiple NCAA tournament appearances and two Hockey East titles. He compiled a 96-87-25 record in three seasons with New York, only reaching the post-season in 2019-20 thanks to the bubble-tournament structure which allowed the Rangers to compete as a play-in team.

The Flyers have also interviewed Blashill, per sources, and are likely to turn their sights toward Bruce Cassidy following his firing by the Boston Bruins this week.


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John Tortorella Interviewed For The Philadelphia Flyers Head Coaching Job

from NHL.com,

John Tortorella interviewed to be the next coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The 63-year-old, who has been working as a television analyst for ESPN this season, confirmed on Tuesday he's had discussions with Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher. Tortorella most recently coached the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2015-21.

"Very fortunate to have the opportunity," Tortorella told the network. "But I will leave it at that."


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Afternoon Line- Mike Yeo

“When you have that many guys out, I don’t care, you could have Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman. It doesn’t matter who your coach is. You’re not going to win; you’re not going to be successful. But I think we stayed focus and kept having a good attitude, so I’m hopeful” of staying aboard."

-Mike Yeo, interim head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now has more.

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Two Athletic Trainers For The Philadelphia Flyers May Have Been Exposed To Caner Carcinogens

from Anthony SanFillioppo of Crossing Broad,

Two longtime Philadelphia Flyers athletic trainers, who have worked side-by-side at the team’s training facility in Voorhees, N.J. for the past 18 years, are suing team ownership, among others, after receiving similar medical diagnoses that they allege came from a work environment in which they were unknowingly exposed to cancer-causing carcinogens, Crossing Broad has learned.

Jim McCrossin, 64, Flyers Director of Medical Services, who joined the team in 2000, and assistant athletic trainer Sal Raffa, 42, who joined the team in 2004, were both diagnosed with nearly identical and incurable blood diseases and/or cancer a few months apart in the Spring and Summer of 2021.

McCrossin developed the rare medical conditions essential thrombocythemia, myeloproliferative neoplasm, and the blood cancer myelofibrosis, which is terminal.

Raffa developed thrombocythemia, which is incurable and is proliferative for other blood diseases such as cancer, or inducing strokes.


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New York Rangers Acquire Justin Braun

added 1:34pm, NYR release is below.

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The GM Remains The Same In Philadelphia

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

If you look around the league this season, you’ll note that teams with better records than the Flyers have dismissed their GMs. The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks both cleaned house; the Edmonton Oilers fired their head coach; and the league-worst Montreal Canadiens let go of their GM and coach.

So, what makes the Flyers so different that dismissing veteran bench boss Alain Vigneault was the only major move they’ve made thus far? How can Fletcher have been so wrong about not only this season, but last season as well, and still be trusted to chart their next course? It`s not as if Fletcher can point to a lot of success since he took the Flyers`job in December of 2018. Yes, Philadelphia won a playoff round in the 2019-20 campaign, but other than that, the Flyers have missed the post-season in two of the past three seasons, and they`ll be 1-for-4 in playoff appearances after this year concludes. That is not a statistic that inspires confidence Fletcher will be able to pull them out of this tailspin, especially when you take into account Fletcher`s well-publicized comments about his belief in this group at the beginning of this season.

It isn’t as if there is a shortage of qualified candidates to replace Fletcher. Indeed, there are all sorts of up-and-coming hockey minds that currently are serving as assistant GMs, scouts, and other management roles. The Flyers could take the reins away from Fletcher today, have someone such as former NHLer and present-day special-assistant-to-Fletcher Daniel Briere take over in an interim basis for the rest of the season, and hire a permanent replacement this summer. That would at least prove to Flyers fans there are repercussions for disappointing play. Right now, there’s no sense Fletcher should be held to account for his miscalculations.

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Philadelphia Flyers Re-Sign Rasmus Ristolainen

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have re-signed defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a five-year contract extension worth an average annual value (AAV) of 5.1M, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher.

"Rasmus is an important part of our team and we are very happy to have him on our blue line for the next five years," said Fletcher. "He is committed to being a Flyer, and brings a consistent physical presence to our team."

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Keith Yandle Plays In His 965th Consecutive Game In The NHL

via the NHL PR department,

Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle skated in his 965th consecutive regular-season game Tuesday and passed Doug Jarvis (964 GP from Oct. 8, 1975–Oct. 10, 1987) for sole possession of the longest “Ironman” streak in League history.

* Jarvis had held the distinction since Dec. 26, 1986, when he played in his 915th straight contest to grab the League record from Garry Unger (914 GP from Feb. 24, 1968–Dec. 21, 1979). Jarvis extended his career-opening streak to 964 consecutive games before it ended when he was sent down to the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL.

* When Yandle’s run began on March 26, 2009: Instagram had not yet officially launched; the first Uber ride had yet to happen; Netflix was not available in Canada; Barack Obama was two months into his first term as President of the United States; and it had been less than a year since Iron Man (2008) began the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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