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Flyers Got Their Coach Fired

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The real question here is whether the Flyers are any closer to winning a championship today than they were before Stevens was dismissed Friday. And the answer sure looks like a great big No.

The Pittsburgh Penguins still have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury. The Washington Capitals still have Alexander Ovechkin. The Flyers will be fighting for the right to be the third-best team in their conference until their young, up-and-coming nucleus actually performs according to expectations.

The group, led by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, had its chance to become an elite team with the coach hand-chosen for their comfort and development. Stevens, one of the truly decent and honorable men you will find in this or any other sport, had worked with a lot of the current Flyers when they were mere Phantoms. He was a sound choice as coach after Hitchcock was deemed too mean and demanding for the sensitive buds and blossoms on the roster.

Well, those players now must cope with the fact that they got their guy fired.

more & watch below as Scott Hartnell and Chris Pronger react to last night’s lopsided loss to the Capitals…

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The Flyers And Their Goaltending Decisions

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Ever since Feb. 17, 1979, the day the great Bernie Parent was poked in the eye by a stick and thus forced into retirement, the Flyers have been blind to the necessity of having a big-time goaltender in order to actually win something.

Since the ‘97 choking situation of the sweep by Detroit in the Cup Final, the Flyers have trotted out Ron Hextall, Garth Snow, Sean Burke, John Vanbiesbrouck (the on-the-cheap free agent signing when both Mike Richter and Curtis Joseph were on the market during the summer of 1998), Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche, Jeff Hackett, Antero Niittymaki, Marty Biron and now Ray Emery as their No. 1 netminders.

While, by the way, the East’s preeminent team, New Jersey, has had one No. 1 in Martin Brodeur and the West’s preeminent team, Detroit, has had three in Mike Vernon, Chris Osgood, Dom Hasek and Cujo.

more hockey talk from Larry…

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Caps With A 9 Minute Power Play Thanks To Carcillo

How is this for a boxscore…  Carcillo decides to act crazy on Matt Bradley of the Capitals.

So far the penalties have cost the Flyers 2 goals.  Caps up 3-1.

14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, cross checking
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 5 minutes, fighting
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, instigator
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, game misconduct

video added 8:10pm,

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2010 Winter Classic Commercial

It hit the airwaves today.

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Morning Line

“I want players playing hard. I want them running out the door to play the game hard in a system that attacks the puck in all three zones. If you can get a team that works hard, if you can get a team that’s disciplined - not only from the penalty box but disciplined in their life, disciplined in the system that you put in on the ice - if you get a team that cares about each other, there’s nothing that you can’t do. I truly believe that.”

-Peter Laviolette, new Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News.

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John Stevens Fired

via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

The Flyers have fired John Stevens as head coach. A press conference is scheduled for tonight.

added 5:321pm, from TSN,

TSN has learned that the Carolina Hurricanes have granted the Flyers permission to speak to Peter Laviolette, who is believed to be Stevens’ successor.

Laviolette will make his debut behind the Philadelphia bench on Saturday when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.

more

added 6:03pm, TSN has removed this line from their previous post- Laviolette will make his debut behind the Philadelphia bench on Saturday when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.

added 8:17pm, from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have named Peter Laviolette head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and relieved John Stevens of his duties, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

“I know this was a very difficult decision for Paul to make. And, I really feel bad for John because he’s been a terrific long-time member of our organization,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. “I was hoping that the team would play better and that this could have been avoided, but after last night’s game, I think Paul felt he had to make this change. I make it a policy never to overrule my general manager, because once I do, it means I’ve lost confidence in him. I really want to wish John the best.”

continued

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Afternoon Line

“We haven’t that swagger in this dressing room for couple weeks now and it’s showed in our play, in the wins column. We haven’t gotten it done.

“Me personally, I don’t think I had a hit [against Vancouver] and that’s what makes me effective. It frees up some room for Carts [Jeff Carter] and Danny B [Briere] and gets guys going on the bench.

“I got to get ready to go and excuse my language, be pissed early and ready to get out there and do something effective to get guys going.”

-Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on the team from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.

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Will A Team Meeting Help The Flyers?

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers’ captain wouldn’t reveal what was said behind closed doors after a 10-minute team meeting held minutes after Vancouver handed them a 3-0 loss.

“I don’t think I called [the meeting],” Richards said. “It was just kind of something that happened. Everyone was in the room. It was a good time to get things off your chest. Not just myself, everyone in the locker room.”

With an Islanders win, the Flyers are now tied for 10th place in the Eastern Conference - the farthest they have fallen in the standings since November 2008.

Undoubtedly, part of the discussion in the bowels of the Wachovia Center focused on the team’s scoring woes. Once the league’s most potent offense, scoring at a 3.6 goals-per-game clip, the Flyers have gone eight consecutive periods without a goal.

read on

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Afternoon Line

“This is our team right now. I like our team. We just have to work through it. We have to play better.”

We’re in the third month of the NHL season. The grace period is over. This is too good a team to be sitting out of playoff spot.”

“Right now, we’re at the point where talk is cheap.  You’ve got to do what you’ve go to do when the game is on.”

-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.  More on the Flyers from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Questioning The Leadership Of The Flyers Captain

from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,

Flyers coach John Stevens has received his share of criticism over the past weeks, as the Flyers have lost five of their last six games, slipping from fifth place in the Eastern Conference to ninth place.

Recently, team captain Mike Richards has been a target for blame, as well. Richards has been called out – especially in fan circles – for what has been interpreted as a passive, quiet style of leadership.

Chris Pronger even chipped in earlier this week, saying Richards needed to “show the rest of the players that (the Flyers are) his team.”

Stevens, however, defended the Flyers’ captain at practice Wednesday, and said that it is important to remember there is more than one way to successfully lead a team.

read on

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