Former Ranger Blue Jacket makes sarcastic comment about Flyers hiring John Tortorella

Former Ranger Blue Jacket makes sarcastic comment about Flyers hiring John Tortorella

The Flyers have a new head coach, and it’s none other than the fiery John Tortorella.

The Flyers have yet to officially announce the hiring of Tortorella, but sources have confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jordan Hall that the nearly 64-year-old is expected to take over behind the Philadelphia bench.

A lot of people have a lot of opinions about Tortorella joining the Flyers. For one, he is the second most successful American head coach in NHL history and a two-time Jack Adams Award winner. Additionally, he guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history in 2004.

On the other hand, however, Tortorella has an abrasive attitude known to rub players and team personnel the wrong way at times. He had many battles with the media and even his own players while coaching the Lightning, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

One of those players was apparently former Ranger and Blue Jacket Brandon Dubinsky, who tweeted a sarcastic remark Thursday night about the Flyers hiring Tortorella.

Dubinsky played under Tortorella for eight years — four with the Rangers, four with the Blue Jackets — so he clearly knows a thing or two about the Flyers’ new bench boss.

Oddly enough, Dubinsky had some of his most productive seasons with Tortorella at the helm. Playing under Torts in the 2010-11 season, Dubinsky recorded a career-high 24 goals and 54 points.

Dubinsky is clearly not a fan of Torts. This was highlighted in a story written by Aaron Portzline of The Athletic when Dubinsky described his relationship with Torts as “like *** show” just before he was traded to the Blue Jackets in 2012.

“It wasn’t a good year. We didn’t get along,” Dubinsky said. “I didn’t agree with the decisions he made for me, so for me Columbus was a fresh start. I was full of energy and excited. I was back to playing the way I knew how to play. .”

While Dubinsky’s experience was far from positive, many other players have spoken highly of Tortorella in the past, including Blue Jackets players Zach Werenski, Joonas Korpisalo and current Flyer Cam Atkinson, who unpromptedly dropped a few words of wisdom he learned from Torts during his ending. -seasonal presser.

Tortorella may have had issues with players from time to time throughout his career, but he’s clearly had a positive impact on others as well. With the Flyers, it’s hard to imagine he won’t leave a similar mark – hopefully for the best.

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