- Reports came out late Tuesday night that the Philadelphia Flyers have settled on a new head coach
- The Flyers are reportedly set to hire lightning rod head coach John Tortorella to man the bench
- Philly fans on Twitter don’t seem to be have a consensus opinion on the new coach
It’s a difficult time to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The organization hasn’t sniffed a Stanley Cup in a decade. It just had to trade Claude Giroux, perhaps the franchise’s best ever player. General manager Chuck Fletcher doesn’t seem to have a plan for how to build the team going forward and fans are getting restless.
Flyers’ Twitter, however, is never short of action. This was particularly true on Tuesday night when reports started to surface that Philadelphia had landed on controversial head coach John Tortorella as the team’s next head coach.
— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) June 15, 2022
The organization had also reportedly been down to Tortorella and fellow Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz as final candidates.
Tortorella’s coaching career has been successful. He won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and he’s been to the playoffs in 12 of his 20 seasons behind the bench. The coach know more simply as “Torts” also made the playoffs in four of his six seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
But the Flyers need more of a minor miracle than anything. The team lacks high-end talent but is also probably good enough to avoid bottoming out and securing multiple high drafts picks. And that is what seems to lie at the crux of the issue for Flyers fans.
Flyers Twitter Is Torn On John Tortorella
Most of the team’s fan base seems to understand that Tortorella is a solid coach. But the lack of direction in the organization has many unhappy with the hire.
Waiting to see someone like this move for a reason other than:
1. He's going to yell at the players I hate
2. The losers on twitter that I don't like hate this move so I like it
— Kelly (@hinx) June 15, 2022
So we’re reeeeeeeeeally committing to the “being the mid-2010s Vancouver Canucks” bit, right down to the whole “replacing Alain Vigneault with John Tortorella” thing. I’m sure that worked out for them but unfortunately there’s no way for us to know https://t.co/7mRlSmJaMk
— Kurt (@Kurt_BSH) June 15, 2022
Torts is gonna send Travis Konecny to the shadow realm
— Drew (@DR3Wheels) June 15, 2022
— Ted Lieberman (@tlieberman12) June 15, 2022
Torts is going to have a hard time because the game has passed him by, and the Flyers GM has no clue how to build a competitive roster. He got rid of supposedly soft players like Ghost and Voracek last summer, brought in “tough guys” like Risto, and the team finished 29th.
— Graeme Hobbs (@GraemeHobbs) June 15, 2022
Though there are some fans who are excited by the hire.
To me the #Flyers biggest issue (and there are many) is that the players haven’t faced real accountability for the absolute dogshit hockey they’ve played the past two seasons
So they (reportedly) are hiring the coach who holds players the most accountable
Seems good to me 🤷🏻♂️
— Dan Silver (@dsilver88) June 15, 2022
This makes me like the Torts hire even more. He's gonna hold the front office accountable as well. Fletcher deserves a kick in the ass just as much as everyone else. pic.twitter.com/TZ9sXGvjHS
— Lance Cote-Tenasco ™ (@Lancecote) June 15, 2022
One thing is certain, Tortorella’s tenure in Philly will be must-watch TV.