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Dan’s Daily: Penguins Future, Tortorella Knocks Flyers Locker Room Culture

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The Metro Division was the center of the NHL news, and it should spawn more than a few NHL trade rumors coming from Philadelphia. Pick your adjective, slammed, ripped, knocked, but John Tortorella said the culture in the Flyers locker room was “a major concern.” In Tortorella-ese, that means big names gonna be traded. Carey Price posted a message to Canadiens fans after he was placed on LTIR. The Washington Capitals are rallying around Carl Hagelin, who is attempting a comeback from a serious and permanent injury. And we asked if the Pittsburgh Penguins will be able to use a small window of opportunity to avoid a rebuild.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Alan Smith
20 days ago

Torts love being a hard ass! Every team is better after he leaves! Bet Mike could kick his ass! Hags will never have the same coordinated eye movement but he is and was a solid player! Good luck!

David
David
20 days ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

Amazing how he keeps getting hired. My guess is that there is indeed a locker room problem in Philly — and that is exactly why they hired him. They figured he was one guy who could whip the team in to shape. Torts probably has a shelf life of about 3 years tops.

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Alan Smith
20 days ago
Reply to  David

Seems all new players and former ones like the Pens mature status and are glad to be in Pittsburgh! Nice place to play with veterans and Sullivan!

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
20 days ago

Re Tortorella. Ha, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Go Johnny go !

David
David
20 days ago

If there really is a locker room problem in Philly, then the leadership among the players allowed it to happen. And that points to Claude Giroux — although the prior coaching staff must share the blame. You have to have leadership and discipline amont the players. And that locker room problem did not start the last mouth or so of last season after he left the Flyers — it had to have begun before that. My guess is that Giroux was never much of a leader. So the locker room deteriorated because the inmates were running the asylum.

Last edited 20 days ago by David