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



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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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Torts will be a Good Coach in the short term; and the Flyers will see improvement on the ice as far as Wins go. But having Torts as a coach will NOT solve the massive underlying problems that plague the Organization; which lies solely with the Front Office. Until THAT changes; the Flyers Organization is going no where.


Could that be the hang-up in negotiations? Does Tort want say in personnel decisions? Fletch is incompetent, so any decent coach has to address that in negotiations or pass on the job.


Patrick always had an odd skating form, his head is like three feet ahead of his feet all the time. I also wonder if physical fitness was a problem for his career. Gets pushed around way too much. If his upper body strength was superior, his shoulders could knock others around more than being knocked around so often. Like a boy playing in a man’s league. Sad, but with proper strength training I wonder if things could have turned out better

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