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Former player throws shade at John Tortorella just months after being traded

Published September 21, 2023 at 9:21
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John Tortorella's first season in Philadelphia likely didn't go as planned. The Flyers ended up struggling, firing Chuck Fletcher and eventually hiring Daniel Briere as his replacement. Briere spent extensive time with Tortorella trying to learn about his relationship with the players, and who should stay and who should go.

Ultimately it was decided that Kevin Hayes was no longer a fit for the team. Hayes was ultimately dealt this summer to the St. Louis Blues giving a fresh start to both the player and the team.

Hayes recently appeared on an episode of the Cam & Strick podcast to provide a little bit of insight on what happened between himself and Torts.

We see hockey differently. I don't think he loved my game. I don't think it fit into what he was trying to do here.


At the rink we just didn't see eye to eye.


Hayes, 31, had a productive year last year skating in 81 games for the Flyers scoring 18 goals and adding 36 assists. However, after having his penalty killing responsibilities removed, Hayes felt he couldn't contribute as much. It's clear that the separation is going to benefit both parties involved.
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Former player throws shade at John Tortorella just months after being traded

Do you think being removed from the penalty kill hurt Hayes

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