John Tortorella has been the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers for just over two months now, and the outspoken veteran hasn’t exactly given the team a vote of confidence.
“I have big concerns about the space,” Tortorella said recently during an appearance on SiriusXM. “I’ve spent the summer going back and forth … to Philly trying to move there. But (I) spent some time in the office talking to players, talking to the staff, talking to (general manager) Chuck ( Fletcher), the entire front office, and I have great concerns about what’s going on in there.
“Before we even step on the ice, situations and standards and accountability in the room are at the forefront. You can’t get squat on the ice until you get your room straightened out, and I think we have some work to do. there .”
Tortorella added that he is in no rush to name a new captain to replace Claude Giroux, who left for the Florida Panthers before the trade deadline and signed with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent in July. Giroux wore the “C” from 2013-22 and is the longest tenured captain in franchise history.
The bench boss echoed similar concerns about the Flyers when the team hired him in June. During his initial presser, Tortorella said Philadelphia’s culture needed to change for the organization to improve.
The Flyers struggled in 2021-22, finishing among the worst teams with a 25-46-11 record while posting the league’s third-worst goal differential (minus-87).
Tortorella spent the past season as a studio analyst for ESPN after he and the Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to part ways in May 2021.
The Flyers will host the Boston Bruins in their first preseason game on September 24.