Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella likes what he sees so far from his team — on and off the ice.
“I like the feeling of the room,” Tortorella said. “I think the room’s changed. It has changed.
“Kevin [Hayes] is gone, Tony’s [DeAngelo] gone, Provy’s [Ivan Provorov] gone. And really good people. I wish them nothing but great luck with their teams. And they landed on some good teams.”
Tortorella was impressed with how his players reported to the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees well before they were required to. He believes that helps lead to a close team and locker room.
“Our room needed to change,” Tortorella said. “When you subtract people, it allows the room to open up, it allow people to speak. Allow people to show maybe who they are.
“That’s the exciting part for me. You have [Garnet] Hathaway come in — great pro. [Marc Staal] Staalsie comes in — a great pro. Then you watch the room grow.
“That’s what’s exciting to me. We’ve had such a good feeling around here since all of them have come in.”
Rough First Day
Tortorella’s training camps are notoriously difficult. The boys skated and skated some more on Day One Thursday.
“There were some struggles but I thought they finished what they needed to finish,” Tortorella said. “It was our first day of skating as a test. But I was happy with how it went.
“You look at Cam York out there. It was an absolute horror show … After the second rep, and I could tell he was done.
“But I watched Yorkie, he finished every time. I found him right after his route through it [skating drills]. It’s probably the most emotion I’ve seen out of Yorkie. I can’t tell you what he said to me about that test, but he finished.
“That’s the key; that’s building a standard of what you have to do. That’s my thinking. I thought they could handle it.”
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