It was reported in May that New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz was the Flyers’ “first choice” to be their manager.
If Tortorella is indeed brought in as Philadelphia’s next man on the bench, the organization will have a coach with plenty of experience. Beginning in the 1999-2000 campaign with the New York Rangers, Tortorella saw his time as an NHL head coach in parts of 20 different seasons with four different franchises.
The 63-year-old helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win their first Stanley Cup crown in 2004 and won two Jack Adams awards as the league’s Coach of the Year. He guided the Lightning, Rangers and, most recently, the Columbus Blue Jackets to playoff appearances.
Tortorella did not coach during the 2021-22 season, but instead served as a studio analyst for the NHL on ESPN.