Tortorella won't skip steps, knows Flyers are ‘not a quick fix'


John Tortorella knows a thing or two about building (or rebuilding) a team.

He drove a Lightning franchise that had made the playoffs just once before he took over to a Stanley Cup title in 2004.

Prior to his arrival in Columbus, the Blue Jackets had missed the playoffs for 12 of 14 seasons since their birth in 2000. With Tortorella, they had a run of four consecutive postseason appearances.

While leading the Rangers, he had his best-ever regular season as a head coach during 2011-12 after missing the playoffs in 2009-10.

As head coach of the Flyers, who are coming off of a 57-loss season (25-46-11), Tortorella said he won't skip steps in trying to turn the team around.

"I know there's been talk about a quick fix. It's not a quick fix. I'm telling you right now," the 64-year-old said on NBC Sports Philadelphia's latest Takeoff with John Clark podcast. "It's not a quick fix and I'm not going to go about it that way to please people because then I don't think you have your foundation. I want to be able to leave here ... I may not even be the coach here when you're winning, but I want to be here and do it the right way so I leave it in a good spot that it can keep on growing."

Tortorella loves a good challenge.

"This is a good one. This is a hard project," he said. "I love being in it, I've loved it so far. Had some really good days where I'm really happy about things. Had some bad days where I'm like, 'What the hell are we doing?' That happens everywhere."

It all starts for the Flyers on Thursday night when they welcome the Devils to the Wells Fargo Center.

You can listen to Clark's full interview with Tortorella below.

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