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Keep Craig Berube Or Not

from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inguirer,

If the Flyers fire Craig Berube this week - and the drumbeat emanating from Ice Station Groundhog is certainly familiar - the lucky new coach, whomever he is, will be the team's 10th in the last 20 years.

It's quite a list, traveling all the way from Terry Murray to Berube, with station stops at Wayne Cashman, Roger Neilson, Craig Ramsay, Bill Barber, Ken Hitchcock, John Stevens and Peter Laviolette.

Here's the funny thing about the coaches on that list, and it tells you more about the nature of the franchise than it does about the respective abilities of the coaches or the quality of the teams with which they were entrusted.

None of them left with a losing record.

Think about that for a moment. If general manager Ron Hextell holds to tradition - and there is no tradition like Flyers tradition - he is going to fire Berube and the team will have parted ways with nine straight coaches who were .500 or better on points percentage. I would challenge anyone to find another franchise in professional sports that went through as many coaches in a 20-year span and never fired a loser.

Well, Ed Snider always said he wanted the franchise to make history. This record will stand for a while.

If Hextall really wants to send a message to the players and the entire organization, he will stand in front of the microphones Wednesday at his season-ending news conference and give Berube a contract extension. Berube isn't the problem. The problem is believing that a little tinkering with the roster and a new coach will fix things.

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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

SOMEHOW, someway Craig Berube awoke this morning still the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

He conducted exit interviews yesterday, despite the fact his job is in jeopardy. Given the circumstances, it was not awkward or unsettling, he said.

Berube said it did not bother him that he was forced to answer questions yet again yesterday with his underwear practically flapping on a flagpole for all to see outside Skate Zone and his boss not rushing to pull it down.

Ron Hextall conducted his own interviews yesterday (on a separate floor) and did nothing to quash the overwhelming rumors. The situation has devolved into the bizarre.

Toronto and Buffalo both cleaned house already on Sunday. Hextall is not slated to meet the media until tomorrow.

"It's not any more uneasy than it was a week ago, or whatever," Berube said. "Things come out in the paper about my status. I'm just going about my business, meetings and things that have to be cleaned up at the end of the year. It doesn't hurt. What bothers me is not making the playoffs and the season we had. We all expected more."

Everyone except Berube expects the other shoe to drop.

What's taking so long?

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phillyd's avatar

For once, I don’t mind the Flyers taking their time on this. Find out if it was the coach or the players or a combination of the two. In Bob Ford’s article, every coach the Flyers have fired has had a winning record when they let them go. If it turns out that Berube truly lost the locker room or tells Hextall this is what he wants to see out of players, then Hextall can get a better idea and do an evaluation.

As for using the other two organizations, there’s a reason they are called the Laughs and the other were dumb again to fire Nolan. That org purposefully put out a subpar product to get one of the two “franchise players” in this year’s draft. Any writer from Philly should be able to recognize that considering the other team at the WFC is doing the same.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/14/15 at 08:49 AM ET

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