Report: Flyers, John Tortorella agree to 4-year deal

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The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed with John Tortorella on a four-year deal for him to their new head coach, according to ESPN.

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NHL analyst Kevin Weekes first reported on Tuesday night that the Flyers had offered Tortorella the position and the sides were in the late stages of the negotiating process.

Tortorella, who turns 64 on June 24th, has coached the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, and Columbus Blue Jackets over his head coaching career which began in 1988, highlighted by a Stanley Cup win with the Lightning in 2003-04.

Tort and Tampa beat the Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals that year.

The Flyers have missed the playoffs for consecutive seasons for the first time in about 20 years. Philadelphia went 25-46-11 in 2021-22, one of the worst seasons in recent memory.

Tortorella last coached the Blue Jackets in 2020-21 and has done TV commentary for ESPN this season.

Tortorella has a reputation for his tough, old school coaching style. As far as results go, Tortorella is just 56-64 as a coach in the postseason for his career.

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