Sources: Philadelphia Flyers refine coaching search with Trotz and Tortorella

Philadelphia Flyers have narrowed their roster of head coach candidates, sources say Daily face-to-face. Finalists are thought to include Barry Trotz and John Tortorella, two bench bosses with nearly 3,500 games of NHL experience, each with a Stanley Cup on their resume.

The Flyers have done nothing but thoroughness in finding a full-time replacement for Alain Vigneault, who was fired Dec. 7, 2021 just 22 games into last season. According to sources, the Flyers have interviewed a list of candidates including, but not limited to, Mike Vellucci, Jim Montgomery, Rick Tocchet, Jeff Blashill and David Quinn. The Flyers also reportedly had at least one conversation with recently deceased Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy later last week, though it’s unclear whether that constituted an “interview” or not. Cassidy is in the mix for other head coaching opportunities.

The Flyers recently informed unsuccessful applicants that they would not advance to the next round in the process. Tortorella, 63, reportedly completed his second interview Thursday in Philadelphia. He is the second most successful American-born coach in NHL history, behind former Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.

Trotz, 59, has received expressions of interest for four other head coaching vacancies. His discernment process would include family considerations and potential future front office opportunities. Trotz could make up to $6 million a year in salary, which would be the second-highest ever for an NHL coach in average annual value for former Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock alone.

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There’s no timeline for the Flyers’ decision, though they’d like to make a splash with a big name to help regenerate interest in the Philadelphia market. The NHL Draft is less than a month away on July 7 in Montreal with free agency soon to follow on July 13.

Brandon D. James