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New Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella has focused on fixing problems in the team’s locker room this season.

Veterans Center Sean Couturier believes in the team’s off-season moves, adding Tony DeAngelo, Nicolas Deslauriers as well as Justin Brown – will help to turn the mood of the team on the ice.

“I love the way our team is built,” Couturier told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “If you look at our division, you will see that it is quite a difficult division. We’ve added some rigidity. I don’t think there will be teams that intimidate us like they have in the last couple of years.

“It looks like on paper we don’t have maybe a big superstar or big name guys, but I think as a team we can come together and do some damage and prove everyone wrong.”

The Flyers finished last in the Capital Division last season with an aggregate record of 25-46-11 under head coach Alain Vigneaux and then Mike Yeoh, failing to make the playoffs for the third time in four years.

Forward Kevin Hayes never played under Tortorella, but after doing his homework talking to other NHL players who have played, he is excited about the changes ahead.

“He’s an incredible guy, he holds everyone accountable in different ways,” Hayes said. “It’s exciting. If you can’t deal with being yelled at or pushed to a certain limit, if you don’t handle it the right way and somehow disappear from it, this might be a difficult path for you.

“If we are going to change the corporate culture, I think Torts is the right person to do it. .

“I know that the fans are now unhappy with our team. It’s easy to say, but it’s a new year, a new team. I think we got off to the right start as our whole team got here quite early.”

“Main Problems” of Tortorella

Tortorella has stated on numerous occasions, including at the opening press conference, that he believes the team’s problems go beyond playing on the ice.

“I have serious concerns about (locker room),” Tortorella repeated on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio last week. “I spent some time in the office talking to the players, talking to the staff, talking to (general manager) Chuck (Fletcher), the whole front office. I’m very worried about what’s going on there.

“Before we hit the ice, situations, standards and responsibility in the gym come first. You can’t squat on the ice until you clean up your room and I think we have a lot of work to do. there.”

Tortorella will return to the bench this season for the first time since leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets after the 2020-21 season. The 64-year-old, who won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, has a track record of 673-541-37-132 in his 20 years as head coach.





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