John Tortorella admits that he is “frustrated”

The Flyers came up just short of the playoffs.

Michael W.

John Tortorella's tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers this season has been nothing short of eventful, marked by his fiery demeanor and no-nonsense approach. From scratching team captain Sean Couturier to calling out underperforming players and engaging in confrontations with the media, Tortorella has made his presence felt in every aspect of the team's operations.

He's faced scrutiny in recent days for his decision to pull goaltender Samuel Ersson late in the 3rd period of a 1-1 tie during Tuesday night's must-win game against the Washington Capitals; forward T.J. Oshie made no mistake on the vacated cage, and sent the Flyers home for an early summer. 

This is now the second consecutive season under the tutelage of Tortorella that the Flyers have failed to earn a postseason berth, and he admitted that he's "frustrated" over the fact that he was unable to get them over the hump this year. 

"I'm a little frustrated that I couldn't get the team to close the deal," he told reporters Friday. "That's what we wanted to do. It was a concern of mine with 25 games left or so in the season, 'Can we stay with it?' I think it's my job to get it to the end.

"I think the team played hard right to the end. I just didn't close the deal. ... So that's something that I've got to evaluate over the summer. Could I have done some things differently?"

Meanwhile, in classic Tortorella form, he remained defiant and asserted that in no way will he change his coaching style, which many believe has grown outdated. 

"You got the wrong coach here if we're gonna be hugging like, 'We're here guys, we played a lousy period and a half there, but it's OK,'" he said. "You're not getting that from me, ever. Those are the decisions management has to make if they think I made a mistake and they show me the door. So be it.

"I'm not coming off of that because that's how you build a hockey team.

Flyers management indicated earlier this month that they fully intend on having Tortorella behind the bench next season, so the show will continue. 

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Source: The Score