Flyers: On Management, Hiring an Outside Agency, and Future Decisions

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

When John Tortorella met with the media on Friday, the press conference lasted over 50 minutes. The majority of it was Tortorella just being himself, as detailed here in my review of his two common themes.

This was genuine from Tortorella. As a coach with a lengthy track record and sometimes misconstrued reputation, Tortorella certainly knew all the right things to say, but doesn’t have much of a filter when saying them. What you see is what you get with him, there’s no gray area.

That hardly appears to be the case with Flyers management. There’s a lot of gray area right now, in terms of making decisions, who is on board with what, and what the future may hold.

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Flyers Coaching Search: Is It a Two-Horse Race?

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Stanley Cup Final is set to begin on Wednesday. For the two weeks that follow, it is typically a quiet time for other teams around the NHL, particularly when it comes to coaching vacancies. 

The Flyers continue to take steps toward hiring their next head coach. How close are they to doing so? While nothing is imminent in terms of an official deal, it does appear the Flyers are moving forward with their coaching search by narrowing down the list of potential finalists.

According to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, finalists for the Flyers head coaching position are believed to include Barry Trotz and John Tortorella. Crossing Broad’s Anthony SanFilippo also reported that Peter DeBoer is also a finalist.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #152 - The Two Best Teams

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The guys are back with the latest update on the Flyers coaching search. More candidates are being reported and the team has entered into the second round of interviews, narrowing the list.

The guys also take a look at the Conference Finals and how the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final. They then break down the Stanley Cup Final matchup with a preview and make predictions on the series. Join Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso as they break it all down.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

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Flyers Coaching Search: Tortorella, Cassidy, Blashill, Quinn

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Another name entered the coaching free-agent market earlier in the week with the Boston Bruins firing Bruce Cassidy. That made the Flyers search for a new head coach a little more interesting.

Cassidy met with the Boston media on Thursday in a press conference that he initiated. He noted that he has spoken with multiple teams and does want to coach next season. The Flyers are reported to have interest, according to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.

Seravalli also noted that the Flyers have interviewed former Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill and will be interviewing former New York Rangers head coach David Quinn. The Flyers also have not yet reached the second round of their hiring process, but when they do, it’s expected that John Tortorella will be a part of it.

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Flyers Coaching Search: Where Do Things Stand?

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

As the calendar turns to June, the Flyers are certainly well into their coaching search. There have been a few names reportedly interviewed and there are other names drawing interest from the team. A big reason for the timing is that playoff teams are seeing their seasons come to an end, allowing for the opportunity for teams to ask permission to interview assistant coaches.

Despite this, there has been little development in the Flyers coaching search over the last few days. For many of the teams in search of a head coach in the NHL – only the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens have officially named a head coach – it seems that everything is in a holding pattern.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #151 - Out Of This World

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The guys are back with the latest on the Flyers coaching search. The team has started to interview candidates and there are several others the team is reportedly interested in.

The guys also take a look at the Stanley Cup Playoffs and where things are as the conference finals are about to begin. Join Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso as they break it all down.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

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As always, we want you to follow the podcast on Twitter @YWTpodcast and follow Kevin Durso on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.


Trotz a ‘Top Candidate’ for Flyers, Interviews to Start Soon

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue for the rest of the NHL, the Flyers are in the midst of a crucial decision that will set the tone for their entire offseason. The next head coaching hire needs to be made in the relatively near future, so the Flyers can start to establish a game plan for how they want to look on the ice in the upcoming season.

Last week, the hockey world was rattled by the firing of Barry Trotz by the New York Islanders. As the Flyers coaching search continues, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported in his 32 Thoughts column that Trotz is a “top candidate” of the Flyers.

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2022 Flyers Offseason Preview: NHL Draft

By Jeff Quake, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

It could be worse, the Philadelphia Flyers will pick fifth overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. Last Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadians won the Draft Lottery, however the reason Philadelphia dropped one spot is because the New Jersey Devils jumped three spots to second overall after having the fifth-best odds to win the first overall pick.

The Flyers had entered the night with the fourth-best odds of receiving the first overall pick at 9.5 percent, a 9.8 percent chance of receiving the second overall pick, a 15.4 percent chance of receiving the fourth overall pick, a 44.9 percent chance of receiving the fifth overall pick, and a 20.5 percent chance of receiving the sixth overall pick.

This is the first time in franchise history that Philadelphia will select fifth overall.

Now that the Orange and Black know where they are picking in the upcoming draft on July 7, let’s take a look below at some of the top prospects that could be available at fifth overall, and why they could be an important asset to add. (Disclaimer: Each comparison is based on what parts of these prospects’ game I see in current NHL players.)

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #150 - Pay That Man His Money

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The guys are back to discuss a big free agent entering the coaching pool and where the Flyers will pick in the 2022 NHL Draft following the lottery.

The guys also dive into the playoffs, recapping the first round and looking ahead to the second round. Join Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso as they break it all down.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

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Flyers Get 5th Overall Pick After Draft Lottery

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Entering the NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, the Flyers had the fourth-best odds to win the first overall pick at 9.5 percent. The odds were much greater that the Flyers would simply stay put and have a pick in the Top 5.

That’s how the lottery went for the Flyers, as they finished with the fifth overall pick following the two lottery drawings. New Jersey won one of the lottery drawing to move above the Flyers. The Devils are picking second overall. Montreal won the lottery to take the first overall pick. They had the best odds to be awarded with the first overall pick. Arizona and Seattle finished with the third and fourth overall picks respectively.

 

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Does Big Fish in Coaching Free Agent Pool Change Flyers Plans?

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

That big splash you heard on Monday morning was one of the NHL’s elite coaches suddenly becoming a free agent. In a surprising move, the New York Islanders fired Barry Trotz after four seasons.

The Islanders join the Flyers, as well as the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets, as teams with current coaching vacancies. The Chicago Blackhawks currently have Derek King in an interim role. So do the Florida Panthers with Andrew Brunette and the Edmonton Oilers with Jay Woodcroft, though both are in the playoffs at the moment.

The Flyers made the announcement last week that they would be undergoing a coaching search for a new head coach. Mike Yeo served as the interim for the remainder of the season following the firing of Alain Vigneault on Dec. 6.

So does the entry of Barry Trotz into the coaching free agent market change things for the Flyers? There are cases for both answers.

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