Flyers coach John Tortorella dismisses reporter he previously took issue with regarding unusual trade

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Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Flyers sent top prospect Cutter Gauthier to the Anaheim Ducks for Jamie Drysdale and a future second-round pick.

Gauthier was disgruntled with the team, which selected him fifth overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. The Ducks picked Drysdale at No. 6 two years earlier.

At the time of the trade, a reporter suggested Gauthier was influenced by NHL veteran and former Flyer Kevin Hayes to request a trade out of Philadelphia.

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John Tortorella

John Tortorella, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, speaks during a press conference after his team defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 at the Wells Fargo Center Dec. 20, 2022, in Philadelphia.  (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

At a press conference shortly after the trade, Flyers head coach John Tortorella and the reporter, Anthony SanFilippo, got into an argument, Tortorella saying the reporter “caused a problem” with Hayes.

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The two were face to face again Saturday, and Torts wasn’t having it.

SanFilippo tried to ask Tortorella a question, and the coach recognized him.

“Are you the same guy … did I go at you the last [time?]” Tortorella asked.

Apparently, Torts got a yes.

“I’m not answering any of your questions,” Tortorella said.

SanFilippo said Hayes had his “fingerprints all over” the trade, a report both Hayes and Gauthier said was false. But days after the report, Tortorella asked the conference room if SanFilippo was in the room. SanFilippo was present.

Torts on bench

John Tortorella, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, during the first period of a game against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena, marking his 1,500th NHL game, Dec. 29, 2023, in Seattle.  (Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images)

“Are you kidding me? You think Kevin Hayes is going to do something like that? It’s bull—-,” Tortorella fired back. “It p—es me off that you guys throw that s— around, and it affects someone’s life. Kevin and I had a problem. We couldn’t come to an agreement on how to play. That’s a good man. That’s a good man, and what you said is going to stay with him. That’s what you guys don’t understand. And you’re going to sit there and say you have the right sources. I call bulls—.” 

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Hayes called SanFilippo “a f—ing clown” who was “making s— up.”

Gauthier also said he’s been receiving death threats and said the report was inaccurate.

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“Kevin Hayes had nothing to do with the situation at hand,” Gauthier told the Ducks’ official podcast, Ducks Stream.

John Tortarella on Flyers bench

John Tortorella, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers; Nicolas Deslauriers (44), Travis Konecny (11), Scott Laughton (21) and Kevin Hayes (13) watch game action from the bench in the second period against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center Oct. 13, 2022, in Philadelphia.  (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Gauthier is back playing for Boston College after serving as captain for Team USA, which won the gold medal at the World Juniors.

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