The Philadelphia Flyers formally employed their new head trainer after ultimate week’s version of “Flyers Information & Rumors,” and the dominoes of a franchise-alternating offseason are after all starting to fall. The quest for items to patch a damaged roster will start in a while after the Stanley Cup Ultimate ends (as early as Friday). Chicago Blackhawks proper winger Alex DeBrincat is changing into a big center of attention of the approaching offseason, however are the Flyers a workforce that may make noise with such an impactful addition?
Tortorella Making the Rounds
Newly-hired head trainer John Tortorella held his introductory press convention on Friday. From lauding the Flyers brand and historical past to speaking about “shoveling a large number of (expletive)” in fresh months, his first impact got here as marketed. He even described Philadelphia as a town he made up our minds he “would like a chance to be in and trainer” after going through the Flyers within the 2004 Jap Convention Ultimate as head trainer of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He persisted to make the rounds with appearances on The John Kincade Display on 97.5 The Enthusiast and The Jeff Marek Display on Monday. Right through a brief creation to the Philadelphia media on the workforce’s follow facility on Tuesday, the soon-to-be 64-year-old published that his new task can be his ultimate as an NHL head trainer. He additionally granted a longer sit-down interview with Jason Myrtetus at the Flyers Day by day podcast that aired on Wednesday.
His phrases shared some not unusual topics concerning the established order of a brand new usual of responsibility inside the group. The joy surrounding Tortorella’s hard-nosed sentiment stems from the hope for a brand new tradition and new identification for a franchise that has slipped from its as soon as outstanding standing. Alternatively, the veteran bench boss will want to materialize those subjective ideas if the Flyers be expecting to regain a place as a playoff contender in 2022-23.
DeBrincat at the Industry Block
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reported “ongoing discussions” about DeBrincat getting moved by means of the Blackhawks this offseason (from “Barry Trotz’s subsequent transfer coming quickly, Jeff Petry industry within the works: LeBrun rumblings,” The Athletic, 6/17/22). It’s no secret that the Flyers lack top-end offensive ability. 8 NHL gamers crowned the century mark in issues ultimate season for the primary time since 1995-96. In the meantime, Travis Konecny led the Flyers with simply 52 issues and completed 119th total.
Regardless of the most obvious want, common supervisor (GM) Chuck Fletcher has his palms tied. Any transfer to procure DeBrincat and his $6.4 million cap hit in 2022-23 would most likely require a wage sell off involving James van Riemsdyk, which may also require giving up a sweetener to some other workforce. It’s a tall activity for Fletcher, who additionally spent ultimate summer season aggressively retooling the roster after a disappointing 2020-21 season. His phrases at the Flyers Day by day podcast this week instructed that he could be hedging his bets to mood expectancies for a large transfer this summer season.
“Presently, the narrative appears to be about what we will do in loose company and trades to recuperate. We’ve got a protracted runway right here that we need to pass all the way down to beef up internally and a large number of alternatives for inside enlargement, for gamers to increase, to be a more difficult workforce to play towards, to protect higher. There’s a large number of inside development that we can want to recuperate. You’ll be able to’t simply glance to the outdoor always. That’s one of the crucial primary causes that Torts (Tortorella) used to be the fellow.”
A transfer involving van Riemsdyk can be a big indicator of the offseason plan. Clearing the numerous chew of cap area would explain a timeline for the expectancies for the Flyers to go back to rivalry. Tortorella will take over the bench in 2022-23 and try to determine a successful angle. Alternatively, it’s imaginable that the plan to procure top-end ability extends previous the 2022 offseason.
Vacant Flyers Captaincy
The Flyers dealt Claude Giroux, the longest-tenured captain in franchise historical past, to the Florida Panthers forward of the NHL industry time limit in March. The group will most likely title a alternative nearer to the start of the season as soon as the gamers have a possibility to reconvene all the way through coaching camp. The verdict is sensible making an allowance for Tortorella isn’t aware of the gamers or his environment but. Invoice Meltzer had a fascinating thought of Scott Laughton as the prospective alternative.
“A participant does no longer need to be a workforce’s greatest celebrity to be an efficient captain. He has to turn management in quite a lot of tactics. Every day, Laughton brings an excellent paintings ethic to the rink. When you didn’t know he used to be a veteran whose roster spot is secure, you’d assume he used to be a tryout participant looking to make an impact at follow. As a well-established participant, it’s been years since Laughton used to be enjoying for a role. He’s simply engaging in himself at the ice the one method he is aware of how: with gusto.”
Charlie O’Connor of The Athletic has expressed a equivalent sentiment about Laughton. Sean Couturier is much more likely to put on the “C” subsequent 12 months, and Cam Atkinson additionally has a case as a participant with a productive historical past below Tortorella. Alternatively, two of essentially the most credible Flyers media voices have now introduced up a fascinating choice in Laughton as the best selection.
Flyers lovers will stay their eyes at the Stanley Cup Ultimate this week, however the loopy season isn’t a ways away. After virtually two uneventful months, the solutions to the burning questions of the 2022 offseason are after all coming. The 2022 NHL Access Draft will happen in Montreal in simply two weeks, and loose company will briefly apply on July 13. Keep up to the moment every week with the Flyers as a workforce to look at this offseason.
Colin Newby is a contract journalist from Delaware County, PA protecting the Philadelphia Flyers for The Hockey Writers. He’s an encyclopedia of unnecessary sports activities wisdom with an uncanny skill to rattle off Flyers goaltending stats from 2004 and each Stanley Cup winner all the way through his lifetime. The depths of his wisdom stem from spending his complete lifestyles following the Flyers and the NHL, from fan favorites just like the “Legion of Doom” and Claude Giroux to forgotten journeymen like Andy Delmore and Branko Radivojevič. He joined the Skilled Hockey Writers’ Affiliation (PHWA) in 2022.
Colin additionally covers the Philadelphia Eagles and works for 97.5 The Enthusiast in Philadelphia.