Flyers News: John Tortorella was suspended for two games

Flyers head coach John Tortorella was suspended for two games.
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The Philadelphia Flyers are a solid team this year and John Tortorella deserves a lot of credit for that. Every team in the league wishes they had a coach who cares about winning and his players as much as Torts does. 

He showed just how passionate he is when he was ejected from the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. He refused to leave at first and had some harsh words for the officials in the meantime. 

This was enjoyed by fans and the media but the NHL didn’t love it. They decided to fine Tortorella $50 thousand in addition to suspending him for two games. 

This is odd to hear as NHL coaches don’t get suspended very often. He refused to leave the bench and was incredibly angry but did it warrant a suspension? 

Flyers head coach John Tortorella was suspended for two games

Coaches are normally pretty reserved but Tortorella is a different breed. He fights for his players and organization and it should be celebrated. 

This is also something that doesn’t make the officials involved look good either. This is an instance where they should have to speak on the actions of the evening. 

If we don't know what they said to one another, this suspension just makes it seem like Torts is the problem. That isn't fair to him if he was in the right. Refusing to leave the bench is the issue but maybe he had a point.

Now, we just know that Torts, a typically outspoken guy, was suspended with no context of why he was so angry. That isn’t right.

The two games that he will miss are at home against the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs. It is now on the players to get some very important wins with their coach missing. You’d like to think that they give it their all for him while he’s gone.