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The Flyers’ Way May Be The Wrong Approach

from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers' lack of patience, their unwillingness to consider a longer view or embrace an innovation before it's already become old hat, their reliance on the tired cliché of "Flyers hockey" - together, those factors have created a vicious cycle that has kept them from achieving their ultimate goal.

The foundations of their franchise, as Berube said, are "character, hard work, competitiveness" - intangibles that are meaningless without the necessary talent or tactics. They pat themselves on the back, as Snider did Monday, for doing whatever it takes, for acting immediately in the name of chasing championships. Still, they apparently never stop to wonder whether that very approach contributes to their failure to win another Cup.

"Many teams are criticized for not having an identity," Flyers president Peter Luukko said. "Right, wrong, or indifferent, we have an identity."


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Ya think?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/08/13 at 10:53 AM ET

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I don’t think the Flyers have taken this nearly far enough.  Why not just pick a different ex-flyer to be coach every three games?  They could draw names out of a hat, or even let the fans vote on it!  There’s some innovation for you!

Posted by Savage Henry on 10/08/13 at 10:58 AM ET


The Flyers and the Oilers have both taken to the “has been” approach to hockey management, by hiring former players from glory years to run the franchise. You cannot win the Stanley Cup with nostalgia! Here is a thought for these franchises, former great players do not make good GM’s or coaches.

Posted by timbits on 10/08/13 at 11:14 AM ET

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It’s not even just the constant hiring of Ex-Flyers.  The team feels that it has to make a big move every season instead of just trying to add support to their core.  The team just has no patience.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 10/08/13 at 11:44 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Based on the comments, I thought we were slagging the Avalanche.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/08/13 at 12:11 PM ET

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Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 10/08/13 at 11:44 AM ET

That is the nutshell of this. During the ‘04-‘05 lockout, I remember watching the Phantoms team that won the Calder Cup and thinking there were a ton of good players on it that should translate into NHL success, Richards, Carter, Sharp, Seidenberg, Umberger, and Pitkanen. That’s a huge core they could’ve built around but not a single one of them lasted over 5 more seasons with the team. But they’ve done this with others as well, like JVR, Justin Williams, and Danius Zubrus (although to be fair, Zubrus wasn’t Zubrus until he was much older).

It doesn’t matter who the coach, or GM, is because the owner has a we need to win it now attitude so they will never have the patience to do what a Pittsburgh did or a Chicago did, etc. They feel they are one trade away, one player signing away. As a fan, I’d be happy if they blew the whole thing up and go forward but with a defined plan or at least a direction but they don’t seem to have one. I blame the owner more then anybody in this, Lukko and Holmgren are just doing what they are told to do.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 10/08/13 at 12:14 PM ET

Its All Hockey's avatar

short sighted, sad…

Posted by Its All Hockey on 10/08/13 at 12:58 PM ET

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