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Flyers Daily: Torts Has ‘Major Worries;’ Primeau Signs with Habs



John Tortorella, Philadelphia Flyers

New Flyers coach John Tortorella criticized the media recently for being too negative about his hockey team — especially Tony DeAngelo and Nic Deslauriers — and general manager Chuck Fletcher.

“I’m a little pissed,” he told NBC Sports Philadelphia in July.
But the coach hasn’t exactly been Mr. Positivity, either Earlier this summer, he was not complimentary about what he sensed as a “splintered” locker room, one in which the players were “not together.”
He reiterated that concern Wednesday. For at least the third time this summer, said he had “major” worries about the locker room.
He made his comments on SiriusXM NHL Network.
“I have major concerns about the room,” Tortorella said on the show. “I’ve spent the summer going back and forth. I live in New York, and I go back and forth to Philly trying to relocate there. But I spent some time in the office talking to players, talking to personnel, talking to Chuck [Fletcher, the GM], all the front office. And I have major concerns about what goes on in there.”
Tortorella, 64, hasn’t been in the locker room with his new players yet, but he is already firing salvos: Step up, boys. On the ice. In leadership roles.
The Flyers go into training camp without a captain. Tortorella told Philly Hockey Now in July he wasn’t sure he would name a captain after training camp. He said it would “have to play in front of me and in front of the experiences we go through in camp and exhibitions — and maybe into the regular season and go through some situations and see how people react.”
On Sirius, he said:  “Before we even step onto the ice, situations and standards and accountability in the room is forefront. And you can’t get the squad done on the ice until you get your room straightened out. And I think we have a little bit of work to do there.”
It may not be a winning season, but it will never be dull with Torts around.

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Philly Hockey Now: Despite low expectations, the Flyers are a National TV Darling. Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly Hockey Now: Flyers to Host ‘Throwback Thursdays’ During the Season. Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal Hockey Now: Carey Price was placed on LTIR. Is his stellar career over? And the Habs signed Bishop Eustace Prep’s Cayden Primeau, a goalie who recently turned 23.   Montreal Canadiens.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Why the dark cloud in Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
Florida Hockey Now: Former Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky steadied himself last year with Florida and is prepping for another strong season. Florida Panthers.
Washington Hockey Now: Carl Hagelin, who will never have 100% sight again, is making a comeback with the Caps. Washington Capitals.
New York Islanders Now: Give props to fourth-line grinder Matt Martin and his foundation for hosting a terrific charity event Thursday on Long Island. New York Islanders.

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