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Report: Flyers want to keep Tortorella despite collapse

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It doesn't appear as though the Philadelphia Flyers' late-season woes will cost John Tortorella his job.

Flyers management "absolutely" wants the outspoken head coach back for next season, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading."

The club's brass believes Tortorella will have a huge impact on the development of their younger players, LeBrun added.

The feeling is mutual, as the 65-year-old bench boss is "energized" and wants to keep coaching the team beyond the current campaign, per LeBrun.

Tortorella has two years left on his contract. He's in his second season coaching the Flyers after stints with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Flyers exceeded expectations for most of 2023-24 but fell apart down the stretch. They lost eight straight games to tumble down the standings and all but out of the playoff picture before snapping the skid with a win over the Rangers on Thursday night.

Philadelphia is 3-8-3 since March 14. Five of the Flyers' last six losses were to the lowly Montreal Canadiens (twice), Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, and Blue Jackets.

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