Unofficial critiques off-the-shelf handouts give reasons for optimism in the 2022-23 season

Voorhees, NJ – Cam Atkinson said he doesn’t worry about “external noise.”

The outside noise on the Flyers this off-season has been that the team hasn’t upgraded or changed nearly enough Miserable season 11-25-46.

One of the big changes Flyers made was the introduction of a new voice behind the bench. How much will veteran coach John Tortorella improve from the Flyers? This is to be determined.

Atkinson, who played parts of six seasons under Tortorella at ColumbusNote how the Blue Jackets didn’t have a star during the coach’s internship. With Tortorella, Columbus secured four consecutive post-season berths and shocked the loaded lightning in the 2019 playoffs with a first-round sweep.

Artemi Panarin was in two of those four post-season appearances, but the Blue Jackets actually had their best regular season before he arrived. Columbus was known for his effort and execution, not his level of talent.

“All I care about is the guys in the locker room,” Atkinson said on Tuesday, nine days before the Flyers boot camp began. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you play, how much money you make – we will play the right way and we will play hard.

“Every time we went to an outdoor rink, the guys knew, especially with the Blue Jackets team, that we were coming in to play hard. We didn’t necessarily have the highest skill in the world, but you practice the way we play.”

Whatever the external negativity surrounding the two pilots, internally the club doesn’t seem too bothered by it.

The coach, who doesn’t need any extra motivation, has it.

“I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about noise, I don’t” Tortorella said in July. “But I’ve been privy to a number of different articles and conversations since I was hired, because I’ve been involved in all of that, listening to a few things and you’re right. As far as I’ve become negative.”

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Players stay positive. They’re excited about the grueling Tortorella camp and old school mentoring.

They love what they have at home. A healthier team and a fresh start are among their optimism factors.

“I think just having everyone here shows the excitement for next season,” Travis Sanheim said on Tuesday. “Everyone is happy to get all the bodies back and see what we can do with all our might. He’s obviously disappointed with last season, but I think a lot of us see it as a one-off. I think those are two big steps for us and we’re looking forward to that.

“A clean slate, from day one. A tough year last year, a long year. I don’t think anybody wants that. You go off season, you watch the playoffs, you want to get there. You see these guys at the end of it.

“For us, just the reset, being able to know that last year is in the past and we can move on and believe in this group. Maybe a lot of people doubt us, but there is no doubt about this locker room.”

Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes, the club’s first and second line centers, are in good health. Status and availability of the best defender husband Ryan Ellis remain a great unknown.

Play Couturier in Only 29 games last season due to back surgery. It was Training with the team at the end of the year. Despite some ups and downs during his summer training, the 29-year-old said he’s clean and ready to go.

“My intensity, when I started coming back and putting pressure on myself, there were some setbacks here and there,” Couturier said on Monday. “Don’t worry, everything is back to normal. It’s been longer than I thought. I’m a guy who usually wants to get back in there faster than I should. This was a little more frustrating because I had to be patient and not push her too hard and make sure I was treating it the right way.” Now it’s fine, though, so I’m excited.”

Hayes played only 48 games last season, of which 20 were injured, as abdominal injuries caused damage to his body. Hayes was forced to have his third surgery on January 18. It was discovered He had an infection in the groin area. With the problem identified and resolved, Hayes . was Flyers Player of the Year from March 5th until the end of the season. He said those last 28 games were “huge” for him despite losing the team’s season.

“There were times last year that I was leaving matches where I wondered if I would ever feel good again,” he said on Monday.

Hayes recorded six men he spoke with who played with Tortorella. He loved what he heard.

“He’s an incredible guy, he’s accounting for everyone differently,” Hayes said of the comments he collected. “It’s exciting. If you can’t stand being yelled at or pushed to a certain point, and if you don’t handle that the right way and it kind of fades away from it, it can be a tough road for you.

“If we’re going to change the culture, I think Tortus is the right guy to do it. He’s kind of a neutral guy, holding everyone accountable whether you’ve played 1,000 games or you’re a rookie.

“I know the fans are kind of getting on with our team at the moment. It’s easy to say, but this is a new year, a new team. I think we’re off to the right start with our whole squad here so early.”

The Flyers’ offseason, which has been criticized for Loss of high-end talentAdditions popped up Tony D’AngeloAnd the Nicolas Desloriers And the Justin Brown.

“Sometimes there are so many stars, it’s good and bad,” Atkinson said. “At the end of the day, you want to build a team. I think we have the team to do that.

“Tony, you can see what he is capable of doing in the power game, doing out-of-zone operations and slowing down the game.

“Deslauriers, you know when he’s on the ice, just like the islanders’ fourth streak. You know when those guys are on the ice. I’m pretty sure our fourth streak will be just as good.”

“You better think we’re going to be a completely different team this year, for the better. It might not be pretty, but we’re going to work our tails off. Sometimes [qualities] Win a lot of hockey games.”

Couturier agreed.

“I love the way he built our team,” he said. “If you look at our division, it’s a very tough division. We brought in some solidity. I don’t think there will be more teams that annoy us like we’ve been in the last couple of years sometimes.

“We don’t seem to have, on paper, maybe that big star or the famous players, but I think as a team we can come together, do some damage and prove everyone wrong.”

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