Guess Who DeAngelo Throws Under The Bus For His Failed Philly Fortunes?

Tony DeAngelo was bought out earlier this month by the Philadelphia Flyers after one disappointing season. The defenseman on Monday landed back with his previous team, the Carolina Hurricanes. And he's leaving no doubt as to why he's no longer a Flyer, throwing his former coach under the bus.

"The coach and I wound up not fitting together, I guess that would be the main reason." Yes, that John Tortorella. The feisty, combative bench boss had his issues with DeAngelo this past season, in fact benching him for the final five games. "I think it’s ridiculous that I didn’t play in the last five," said DeAngelo at the time. "But he’s the coach of the team. It’s not my job to decide that.”

The Flyers then surprisingly added some salt to the wound after buying him out, writing in a statement, "DeAngelo produced points at a reasonable pace (11 goals, 42 points in 70 games) and brought some intensity and physical competitiveness. However, the Flyers struggled to keep the puck out of their own net when DeAngelo was on the ice." Ouch. Did Torts write that? 

Of course, that can't really be argued, as TDA had a plus-minus of minus-27. But kicking him in the behind on his way out the door certainly doesn't invite him to keep his feelings to himself afterwards, thus the blunt statement about him and his coach. 

Trashing Torts wouldn't be the first time a player has done that, and hockey fans had a little fun with it after reading DeAngelo's comment. 

In the meantime, DeAngelo is thrilled to be back in Carolina, with a real contender, and he'll hope to replicate the success he had there in 2021-22.  

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