Ian Laperriere has autonomy, but wants to be on the same page with John Tortorella’s Flyers

VOORHEES, NJ — Part of an AHL head coach’s job is to align philosophies with his workforce’s NHL affiliate.

Ian Laperriere had a superb relationship with Alain Vigneault. Both are French Canadian and Laperriere had served on Vigneault’s Flyers employees. Having similarities of their methods was a key initiative for the Flyers after they named Laperriere head coach of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley throughout June 2021.

But Laperriere now has a brand new “boss.” The John Tortorella period is about to start in Philadelphia with the veteran 64-year-old head coach taking on the Flyers.

Does that sign changes for Laperriere? He does not foresee many. In reality, Tortorella wants Laperriere to coach his personal approach.

“Great relationship,” the Phantoms’ head coach mentioned Thursday at the begin of the rookie coaching camp. “Great first assembly, noticed him a few instances, but in our first assembly, he is like, ‘You play your system you need to play, you do your factor, you’ve got obtained to win down there. I’m going to maintain my workforce.’ That’s a unique philosophy, but he is the boss, so I’m going to do what he is telling me to do.”

Tortorella emphasizes stress and aggressive play away from the puck — taking part in the proper approach to be sound defensively and structured offensively.

The Flyers have been longing for his path after surrendering 3.56 objectives per recreation — tied for many in the NHL — over the final two seasons mixed.

“We’re just about taking part in the same system and we imagine in plenty of the same issues — exhausting work, blocking photographs, doing the little issues proper. And he made a profession doing that as a coach,” Laperriere mentioned. “We will not work collectively, but we are going to sort of, he is most likely going to be one in all my good mentors, even when I’m not right here daily simply to see how he adjusts.

“With the call-ups, I’ll choose the child’s mind after they come again to me to see what Torts is doing. I’m certain I’ll be speaking to Torts not too usually but occasionally, so I’ m very excited to work with him.”

Laperriere, 48, was a participant who prided himself on work ethic and integrity.

“I do know he likes exhausting employees,” Flyers prospect Zayde Wisdom mentioned Friday. “He tells me all the time, ‘Just work and I’ll love you, work and I’ll love you.’ It’s getting via my head now and I’m beginning to perceive that. I’m excited to have him as a coach.”

But Laperriere wants his gamers to play to their strengths. Not each participant has to match the grit-and-grind mould. The Flyers want expertise as a lot as they want toughness.

“The first time I met with them, I’m like, ‘If you are a bodily participant, be a bodily participant. If you are a talented participant, present us your abilities. Don’t strive to reinvent your self proper now . Play the approach that took you right here,'” Laperriere mentioned of his message for the two rookie video games. “Sometimes you will have youngsters that aren’t bodily they usually strive to run round as a result of they know the coach used to be that sort of participant. I do not need to see that. I would like them to present me and present the group what introduced them right here, why they obtained drafted and why they’re in camp.”

Despite there being a brand new voice behind the huge membership’s bench, Laperriere’s objective stays the same as his gamers in his second season main the Phantoms.

“I be certain these guys make the proper resolution at the proper time,” he mentioned. “That’s my job, to begin it at the American League degree and hopefully after they come and play for Torts, they are going to be prepared to play the proper approach.

“I imagine in that, too. Trust me, I’m not John Tortorella, he is been teaching for, what, 20 years? He’s gained and all the pieces. But that is what I imagine in. You can speak about methods all day, but it is the little issues in the recreation that make a giant distinction between successful and dropping.”

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