Struggling Flyers hire John Torchetti as assistant coach

Minnesota Wild head coach John Torchetti directs his team against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers added John Torchetti as an assistant coach to their staff on Tuesday with the team in the midst of a franchise-record 12-game winless streak.

Torchetti has served as an interim head coach for three seasons in the NHL, one each with the Florida Panthers (2003-04), Los Angeles Kings (2005-06) and Minnesota Wild (2015-16).

The 57-year-old from Boston has also been on the bench as an assistant or associate coach with the Panthers as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings. Most recently, Torchetti was the head coach with the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats during the 2019-20 season.

Torchetti joins Mike Yeo, who has been the Flyers' interim head coach since Dec. 6. Philadelphia fired Alain Vigneault after the Flyers started the season posting an 8-10-4 record including eight consecutive losses.

The Flyers (13-21-8) are last in the Metropolitan Division and visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

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