Hired! John Tortorella Takes Over As Flyers Bench Boss

It's official! John Tortorella is taking over behind the Philadelphia Flyers bench. After a 44-day search for a new head coach, the Flyers and Tortorella have struck a deal.

ESPN NHL Insider Kevin Weekes says it's a 4-year deal worth about $4M annually for the 63-year-old veteran coach. 

Before being let go in 2021, Tortorella became the winningest coach in Columbus Blue Jackets franchise history in his six years there, going 227-166-54. They made the playoffs in four of those years, but only made it out of the first round once.

He also has a Stanley Cup championship under his belt, in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as two Jack Adams trophies as coach of the year.

In Philly, Tortorella takes over a rebuilding Flyers team that had a disappointing season in 2021-22, finishing in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 25-46-11 record. They relieved interim coach Mike Yeo of his duties after the season.

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