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Sam’s Daily: Odds Say Flyers’ New Coach Will Be John Tortorella; Nolan Patrick’s Sad Story



John Tortorella, Philadelphia Flyers

John Tortorella will be named the Philadelphia Flyers’ new coach, based on odds posted by the gambling website BetOnline.

Hey, it’a not scientific, but the people who make the odds aren’t in the business of losing money.

The fiery Tortorella was recently interviewed by the Flyers.

Other new coaches based on the odds: Derek King (3/1 odds) in Chicago, Nate Leaman (4/1) in Boston, Claude Julien or Pete DeBoer (both at 4/1) in Vegas, Barry Trotz (1/1) in Winnipeg, Marc Savard (5/1) in Dallas, and Sergei Fedorov (7/2) in Detroit.

It should be noted that Fedorov’s departure from Detroit as a player left a bad taste in management’s mouth, as outlined in Detroit Hockey Now.

As for the Flyers, the Vegas odds are shaky because after Tortorella (3/1), Mike Yeo (7/2) is listed as the second favorite. The odds should be 10,000 to 1 on that one.

The Flyers, of course, have said they are moving away from Yeo as a head coach.

But BetOnline will gladly accept your money if you want to put a foolish wager on Yeo.

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Others on the list of Flyers coaching candidates: Rick Tocchet (4/1), Trotz (11/2), Jim Montgomery (11/2), Rikard Gronborg (6/1), Paul Maurice (8/1), Leaman (9/1), Julien (10/1), and Phantoms coach Ian Laperriere (12/1).

Bruce Cassidy, who was recently fired by Boston, is not on the Flyers’ list. Neither is David Quinn, Kirk Muller,  or Pittsburgh assistant Mike Vellucci, who apparently has caught the Flyers’ attention.

Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher has said he doesn’t necessarily need the coaching position filled by the start of the NHL draft on July 7.

Stay tuned.

Around the NHL …

  • Same sad story haunting ex-Flyer Nolan Patrick’s career. Vegas Hockey Now’s Owen Krepps has the story.
  • Avs’ survivors from 2016-17 can savor this season. Colorado Hockey Now has the report. 
  • The two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning will carry lots of momentum into Thursday’s critical Game 5 at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. The series is tied at two victories apiece, and the series winner will face the sizzling Avalanche.
  • Will coaching vacancies affect the Penguins? Check out Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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