John Tortorella's Philadelphia team is in trouble: Players are calling out the coach and his stubbornness.

Published December 20, 2022 at 11:42

The Philadelphia Flyers caused a huge surprise in the NHL last summer when they announced they had hired John Tortorella as head coach.

Since his arrival in the NHL, Tortorella has never been a unanimous hire, as he has been involved in several controversies and conflicts with the many teams he has coached.

The 64-year-old coach has an impressive resume, having coached the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Vancouver Canucks, and is now behind the bench of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Nothing seems to be working this season for the Flyers who are 27th overall with a 10-15-7 record for a total of 27 points in 32 games. The organization has been extremely unlucky this season, as the team has been decimated by injuries to several key players on the roster.

However, Torts is not at all satisfied with the performance of his players and, true to form, he made a very surprising decision two days ago, sending Kevin Hayes, his leading scorer, into the stands for the game against the New York Rangers.

One wonders what the head coach was thinking when he made this decision, as the Flyers ended up losing 6-3 in front of their fans.

Of course, Hayes, who has 29 points in 31 games this season, is obviously not happy with the situation, and he took the opportunity to throw an arrow directly at his coach.

"I don't think I should have been benched, but he's the coach, I'm the player." - Kevin Hayes

Clearly, I would have loved to have seen Tortorella's reaction when he heard his player's comments publicly challenging his decision.

Nevertheless, it must be said that the Center man has a point. Imagine for a second if Martin St-Louis made the decision to take Nick Suzuki or Cole Caufield out of the lineup and put them in the press box, while they are healthy, that would become the controversy of the century in Montreal.

Hayes is not the first to speak out against his coach this season, as Cam Atkinson did the same thing earlier this year.

There is a lot of bad blood between the Flyers players and their head coach.

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