Philadelphia Flyers Coach Calls Out Struggling Defenseman

The Philadelphia Flyers are now John Tortorella's team and it hasn't taken 'Torts' long to put his fingerprints all over his hockey club. It also hasn't taken long for the Flyers new head coach to call some players out. This time around it was Flyers' defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's turn to feel the wrath.

'Torts' made it clear he's not happy or pleased with Ristolainen's play and being the second-highest paid blueliner on the team, his head coach is expecting more of his performance. Torts had this to say earlier this week on 'Risto's' game:

He just hasn't met (my expectations). I think he just needs to play better. … I don't think he's played well enough. He's going to get another crack at it, but everything about his game, I think, needs to be better.

After being a healthy scratch last weekend, Ristolainen returned to the Flyers' lineup on Tuesday night in their victory over the struggling St Louis Blues. He played 16:16 and recorded three hits, three blocks and a shot on goal. 

The 6-foot-4 blue-liner is in the first season of a five-year extension, so let's hope for his case he's able to stay out of the Torts' dog house moving forward. 

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