Philadelphia and John Tortorella have agreed on a four-year deal to make him the next head coach of the Flyers, multiple outlets reported Thursday.
An official announcement is expected Friday.
The post would be Tortorella’s fifth as a head coach in the NHL.
Tortorella last coached the Columbus Blue Jackets, agreeing to part ways after the 2020-21 season. He has since been an analyst with ESPN.
Tortorella, who turns 64 this month, ranks 14th in NHL history with 673 victories across 20 seasons. He went 227-166-54 in six seasons with the Blue Jackets and is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach.
He has a .548 winning percentage in 20 years of coaching.
Tortorella won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04, coaching six-plus seasons there. He’s also served as the bench boss of the New York Rangers (2008-13), Vancouver Canucks (2013-14) and Blue Jackets (2015-21).
Tortorella would replace interim coach Mike Yeo, who took over in early December when the Flyers fired Alain Vigneault. Philadelphia posted a 17-36-7 record on Yeo’s watch.
Tortorella is a two-time Jack Adams Award winner (2004, 2017) as the NHL’s coach of the year.
–Field Level Media