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Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier celebrating a goal with his teammates
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Real Reason For Tortorella Scratching Couturier Uncovered

Published March 22, 2024 at 10:20 PM
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Graham Montgomery
March 22, 2024  (10:20 PM)
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Philadelphia Flyers captain Sean Couturier has been healthy scratched in back-to-back games by head coach John Tortorella in the team's most recent games. The move has sparked speculation as to why.




Tortorella benches Flyers captain for critical games



John Tortorella certainly is not afraid to coach on his own terms. He has a long history of making controversial moves but they often work out. His latest move has been healthy scratching his captain. Tortorella has received a lot of criticism from veteran NHLers for the move.

Back to back health bombs for Sean Couturier 😬



That being said, Tortorella is no stranger to criticism. It seems that he really does not care what anyone else thinks, he will always do what he thinks is best. The recent drama between Tortorella and Couturier has lead to other NHL players guessing what could happen next for the Flyers captain. Players and fans alike have speculated what prompted Tortorella to make this move as the coach refuses to comment on it.

If I had to take a stab at it, I'd say it has to do with Laughton's foot speed and being able to keep up with the pace Torts wants the team to play at.

Couturier's foot speed has visibly been an issue.



Couturier appears to be frustrated with his situation. In a recent interview at practice he appeared to be irritated as he answered questions about the debacle.

"I control what I can control, it is what it is."

Sean Couturier on being health bombed tonight.



Couturier will have his next chance to crack the lineup tomorrow when the team takes on the Boston Bruins. It remains unclear whether or not he will be in the lineup though.

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