Ian Laperriere is autonomous, but he wants to be on the same page with John Tortorella’s Flyers

Voorhees, NJ – Part of the AHL coach’s job is to align philosophies with his team’s NHL team.

Ian Labrerre had a good relationship with Alain Vignolet. Both are French Canadian and Laperriere has served on the crew of Vigneault’s Flyers. Having similarities in their systems was Major initiative for flyers When they named Laperriere head coach for AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley during June 2021.

But Labrire now has a new “chief”. John Tortorella’s era is set to begin in Philadelphia with the 64-year-old veteran coach taking over the Flyers.

Is this a signal of mods for Laperriere? Not much is expected. In fact, Tortorella wants to coach the Laperriere in his own way.

“Great relationship,” said the Phantoms coach Thursday at the start of rookie training camp. “Great first meeting, I saw him a few times, but in our first meeting, he said, ‘You play your system you want to play, you do what you want, you have to win there. I’m going to take care of my team. That’s a different philosophy, but he’s the boss, so I’ll do what he tells me to do.”

Tortorella emphasizes pressing and aggressive play off the disc – playing the right way to be healthy defensively and organized offensively.

The pilots were eager to guide him Having surrendered 3.56 goals per game – tied for most in the National Hockey League – during the past two seasons combined.

“We play pretty much the same system and believe in a lot of the same things – working hard, stopping shots, doing the little things right. And he’s made that career path as a coach,” Laperriere said. “We’re not going to work together, but we kind of, he’s probably going to be one of the good mentors, even if I’m not here every day just to see how he’s coping.

“Through the summons, I’ll pick out the kid’s brain when they come back to me to see what Torts are doing. I’m sure I’ll talk to Torts not often but every once in a while, so I’m so excited to work with him.”

Laperriere, 48, was a player who took pride in his work ethic and integrity.

“I know he loves hard workers,” Flyers investigator Zayed Wisdom said Friday. “He tells me all the time, ‘Just work and I’ll love you, work and I’ll love you.’ It’s starting to get in my head now and I’m starting to understand it. I’m excited to have him as a coach.”

But Laperriere wants his players to play to their strengths. Not every player has to fit the groove and grind mold. Pilots need talent as much as they need toughness.

“The first time I met them, I’m like, ‘If you’re a physical player, be a physical player. If you’re a skilled player, show us your skills. Don’t try to reinvent yourself now'” Laperriere said of his message to Two rookie games. “Sometimes you have non-physical kids and they try to run because they know the coach used to be that kind of player. I don’t want to see that. I want them to show me and show the organization what brought them here, why they were recruited and why they are in camp.”

Despite having a fresh voice behind the bench at the big club, Laperriere’s goal remained the same with his players in his second season leading the Phantoms.

“I make sure these guys make the right decision at the right time,” he said. “That’s my job, getting it started at the MLS level, and hopefully when they come in and play with Torts, they’ll be ready to play the right way.

“I believe in that too. Believe me, I’m not John Tortorella, he’s been training for, why, 20 years? He won and everything. But that’s what I believe in. You can talk about systems all day, but it’s the little things in the game that make the biggest difference.” between winning and losing.

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