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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Hakstol looks like Mike Babcock. He acts like Mike Babcock. He is a nononsense, anti-cookie-cutter coach who enjoys questioning the status quo and the way "things have always been done."
In a lot of ways, the Flyers' newest coach is Babcock Lite.
"I hope in this case we have another Mike Babcock," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said.
That the Flyers ended up with a coach whose style is similar to Babcock should not be all that surprising. After all, many thought Babcock was the Flyers' top choice to become the 19th head coach in team history. It probably is no coincidence that Hakstol was officially hired yesterday, a day after Babcock returned stateside after a week in Prague, watching the World Championships.
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall declined to discuss specifics of the 31-day process to fill the vacancy that will help shape his legacy, saying only that Hakstol was the "target all along." Hakstol's former assistant, Brad Berry, said yesterday the Flyers made two unsuccessful attempts to land Hakstol before they reached agreement on the third try.
Just over three minutes long...
The press conference is scheduled for noon ET, watch it below.
via a Philadelphia Flyers press release...
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced this morning that Dave Hakstol has been named the 19th head coach in Flyers history.
“Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization,” said Hextall. “He’s a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family.”
“I am extremely excited to be named the Philadelphia Flyers new head coach,” said Hakstol. “Through the process here with Ron [Hextall] and everybody in the Flyers organization I have gained even more of an understanding of the history and tradition of this organization and I’m very proud to become part of the Philadelphia Flyers today.”
from Tom Dougherty of CSNPhilly,
We should be talking about process with the Flyers. Hextall has a plan, and it’s building a winner for years to come. It’s about building a team that can win Stanley Cups, not a Stanley Cup. He’s not about going all-in for one run that we’ve seen fail so many times here with the Flyers.
Hextall understands the importance of having a farm system. He understands the importance of developing players. He understands trading young guys for old guys doesn’t work as often as we believe.
His process includes smart, cap-friendly contracts and excludes signing the Vinny Lecavaliers of the world that leave you strapped against the cap with an aging player and an immovable contract.
It requires backing of the ownership, and Hextall has it. Ed Snider supported Hextall’s decision to fire Craig Berube. On Tuesday, Snider told the Philadelphia Inquirer: "We’re going to be extremely patient with all of the young players we have coming.
"He’s going to do everything in his power to produce a winner as soon as possible, which means it could be trades, it could be coaching, it could be all kinds of things."
As soon as possible doesn’t mean tomorrow. Snider used “extremely patient” when he as talking about young players. Those words used to never come out of Snider’s mouth. It’s a sign Snider believes in the process, and it’s an indicator that the Flyers indeed do have a plan.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
There are guys who plant the seeds and there are guys who harvest the crops. Babcock and Julien? They’re harvesters. And right now what this team needs more than anything is a planter.
The Flyers are, conservatively, two or three years away from being a competitive team. That’s the time frame needed to develop Robert Hagg and Shayne Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin and Mark Alt into reliable NHL defenders, and to figure out where Taylor Leier and Nick Cousins and Petr Straka fit into the picture up front.
It’s going to be a group that requires patience during the next few years, and also the finesse to meld those kids into a core that includes established veterans like Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.
That’s where a nurturer like Terry Murray might fit in.
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall held a conference call with the media on Friday morning following the announcement that the club has relieved Craig Berube of his head coaching duties.
Below is a transcript of the call...
When do you want to have a new coach in place?
That’s a good question. I’m not going to fast track anything here. I would like to have a guy in place by the draft. I guess the goal, but I’m not going to do things quickly. We’re going to do our due diligence and look at essentially the whole landscape, and come up with the coach that we feel is the right guy. I’m not going to do something in the next couple of weeks for sure.
Do you need a guy with NHL experience?
Well, I think in a perfect world that’s one of the things you look for, but that’s not mandatory. Again, we’re going to look at every candidate we feel merits looking at, and we’ll go through it from there. Again, is it nice, yes… is it imperative, I’d say no.
How much did the relationships between Berube and some of his players play into your decision?
I’m not one of those guys that necessarily looks at the players and are the players happy or are they players unhappy. I think in the end a coach’s job is to get the most out of his players, and in the end that’s the conclusion that I came to, was that that wasn’t the case. I will say this – Craig Berube is a good friend of mine, he’s a terrific man, and the professional side of this I have an obligation to the organization to do what I think is best, and that’s what I did. Obviously there’s a personal side here and a man lost his job here, and no one obviously likes that.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have relieved head coach Craig Berube of his duties with the club, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Berube was the 18th head coach in Flyers history and was named to the post on October 7, 2013. He recently completed his second season as head coach and leaves the position with a record of 75-58-28 (.553).
Prior to being named head coach, Berube spent six seasons as a Flyers assistant. He has spent 18 seasons with the organization as a player, assistant coach and head coach, doing all three with both the Flyers and Phantoms.
The team will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall is meeting with the media now...
added 3:11pm, Hextall video below on Berude...
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