Flyers bring Tortorella after a disappointing season

Following the NHL draft, free agency and other offseason measures, NHL.com examines where each team stands ahead of the 2022-23 regular season, which begins October 7. Today the Philadelphia Flyers:

Season 2021/22: 25-46-11, eighth in Metropolitan Division; did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

key arrivals

Tony DeAngeloD: The 26-year-old was signed in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes for three draft picks on July 8 and signed a two-year contract three days later. DeAngelo, who was born in Sewell, New Jersey, had 51 points last season, including an NHL career-high 41 assists, in 64 regular-season games and 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 14 Stanley games Cup Playoffs. … Nicolas DeslauriersQ: The 31-year-old signed a four-year deal on July 13. Deslauriers had 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 81 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild last season, including three goals in 20 games after a March 19 switch at the Wild. … Justin BrownD: The 35-year-old, who signed a one-year deal to return to Philadelphia on July 13, scored 18 points in 69 games with the Flyers and New York Rangers last season, including an NHL career-high six goals. After being acquired by New York on March 21, he had two points (one goal, one assist) in eight regular-season games and one assist in 19 playoff games. … Troy GrosenickG: The 32-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 13 after leading the American Hockey League with 2.00 goals conceded and .933 saves in 30 games with Providence last season, 16-6-4. Though Grosenick has only made four starts in the NHL because he signed a one-way contract, he will likely be the backup Carter Hart this season. … John Tortorella, Coach: The 64-year-old was hired on June 17 to replace Mike Yeo, who took over after Alain Vigneault was fired on December 6. Tortorella is ranked 14th in NHL history with 673 wins in 20 seasons as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, and Columbus Blue Jackets. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004 and twice the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year (2004, 2017).

Important Departures

Oskar Lindblom, F: Lindblom signed a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on July 13, a day after the Flyers bought out the final season of his three-year contract. Last season he had 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 79 games. … Martin JonesG: Jones signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Kraken on July 13. He was 12-18-3 with a 3.42 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 35 games (33 starts) last season. … Nate Thompson, F: Thompson, who is still an unrestricted free agent, had three points (one goal, two assists) in 33 games last season.

At the top

CamYorkD: The 21-year-old, who was drafted No. 14 in the 2019 NHL Draft, had 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 30 games last season and an average ice time of 19:05. York also had 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 34 games with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley. … Wade Allison, F. The 24-year-old, a No. 52 second-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft, suffered a knee injury in his only NHL game last season that caused him to miss seven weeks. Allison had 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 28 AHL games. … Bobby BrinkQ: The 21-year-old, who underwent surgery for a torn labrum this offseason and is expected to miss several months, had four assists in ten games last season after signing a three-year entry-level contract on April 10. Round pick (No. 34) in the 2019 draft, Brink also led the NCAA with 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists) in 41 games to help the University of Denver win the national championship. … Noah CatesQ: The 23-year-old, who was selected in the fifth round (No. 137) of the 2017 NHL Draft, had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 16 games after signing a two-year entry-level contract March 27. Cates also had 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 37 games as a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Video: PHI@NYR: York puts Flyers on the board early

What else do you need

Stay healthy. defender Ryan Ellis Played just four games last season, his first in Philadelphia after being taken on in a trade with the Nashville Predators because of what he called a “complex” lower body injury. He said in May he expects to be healthy for training camp along with the centers Sean Couturier (back surgery) and Kevin Hayes (stomach/hip surgery), each missing a significant time last season. Forward Joel Farabee could miss the start of the season after undergoing disc surgery in his neck region on June 24.

You said so

“We’re going to be a much-improved team. We’re going to be a competitive team. I feel like we have a chance to be a lot better at a lot of things that we really struggled with last year, whether it’s ours Goals against ours are structure, our penalty shootout and our power play in particular.” – CEO Chuck Fletcher

fantasy focus

DeAngelo could have a sneaky fantasy appeal if he falls in drafts after moving from a Stanley Cup contender in the Hurricanes to the Flyers, who have missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. DeAngelo should quarterback the first unit of powerplay with Couturier and the right wing Cam Atkinson, who has a history of success under Tortorella (NHL career-best 41 goals with the Blue Jackets in 2018-19). DeAngelo should be considered a top-30 defenseman and top-150 player, having ranked 11th at his position in points per game (.80; at least 20 games) last season. – Anna Dua

Video: MTL@PHI: Atkinson narrowly scores on Farabee’s feed

Planned lineup

Scott Laughton – Sean Couturier – Cam Atkinson

James van Riemsdyk –Kevin Hayes– Travis Konecny

Noah Cates– MorganFrostOwen Tippett

Nicolas Deslauriers — Patrick Brown – Tanner Laczyński

Ivan Provorov – Tony DeAngelo

Travis SanheimRasmus Ristolainen

Cam York—Justin Brown

Carter Hart

Troy Grosenick

Hurt: Ryan Ellis (lower body), Joel Farabee (upper body)

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