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All Craig Berube

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Repeating as Stanley Cup champions has been done twice in the past 20 years. Have you thought about what it will take and the message you need to send to your team?

"For sure, I think we started that in the summertime. We were in contact with our players and things like that. They look prepared. I have seen most of them in St. Louis and they look good and they look fresh and pretty dialed in. Bottom line is you have to be mentally tough. You have to get in there and it is going to be hard. This is a good League. Just to make the playoffs is a challenge. It's very important that our guys are focused and ready to go at camp to put the work in. That's our job as coaches to make sure that happens."

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The Cup Goes Home With Craig Berube

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

When the Stanley Cup arrives at the only indoor arena in a hamlet like Calahoo it is a confirmation. A reminder to men like Emile and Roger Berube, the uncle and father to St. Louis Blues head coach Craig, that a lifetime of coaching kids through hockey and fastball had an impact.

There’s not a lot of credit given, or expected, when you are that community coach. Just a lot of Styrofoam cup coffee and sausage-and-eggers after a 7 a.m. practice. Then a kid makes it. And now the Cup marches in, and all the memories come flowing back, like all of those backseat Slurpees on the road home from Onoway or Alexander.

“When you’re playing, when you’re coaching, you’re always thinking if you ever won the Cup, what would you do with your day with the Cup?” said Craig Berube.

He is known throughout the hockey world as ‘Chief,’ the soft-spoken, Indigenous 53-year-old who played over 1,000 NHL games in the toughest role imaginable. A tough guy in the ‘80s and ‘90s National Hockey League, when large, strong men fought often.

“I always dreamt of bringing it back here, and letting people enjoy it, my family and friends,” he said, standing in the Zamboni room of the Calahoo Arena.

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A Three-Year Deal For Craig Berube In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the team has signed Head Coach Craig Berube to a three-year contract.

Berube, who was originally named interim head coach on Nov. 19, 2018, led the Blues to the 2019 Stanley Cup Championship and was a finalist for the 2019 Jack Adams Award.

"Craig made an enormous impact on our team when he took over last November," said Armstrong. "He restored our identity and provided our players with a clear sense of direction and purpose. The chemistry and trust that he developed with our players was integral in bringing our franchise the 2019 Stanley Cup."

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Craig Berube Today

via the NHL PR departmen,

Q. I don't know if you've had time to look at any video, but what did you like about last night's game?
CRAIG BERUBE: Like I said last night, it was a gutsy performance. I thought Boston came hard, obviously. They tested us, but we hung in there. Our goalie played really well, and I just thought everybody really competed hard and put everything on the line for the win.

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Video- Christine Simpson Feature On Craig Berube

via Sportsnet,

Christine Simpson takes an in depth look at St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube.

 

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Talking With Doug Armstrong And Craig Berube Today

via the NHL PR department,

May 26, 2019 - Stanley Cup Final Media Day

An Interview with:
Doug Armstrong
Craig Berube

Q. Doug, two parts. Your general feeling sitting here knowing you've helped take this team to the Cup; and second part how did Binnington, could you say, end up in Providence? Did they call you or did you call them?

DOUG ARMSTRONG: Okay. Well, obviously we're excited to be here in the championship finals. Getting here is part of the process but not the end goal. There's another chapter to be written for one of these two organizations. And as I said the manager comes out in here pretty quickly after the third round and you want to tap the breaks and understand that we want to try and win a championship and there's a lot of work left ahead of us. With Jordan Binnington, for the people that don't know, we didn't have our own American League affiliate two years ago. We were allowed to put, we were sharing with Colorado, we were allowed to put one goaltender in San Antonio, we put Husso there. And then we basically sent out a memo to all the teams, anyone looking for a goaltender, an experienced goaltender, and Providence and Don Sweeney and John Ferguson gave us a call and we were able to work something out.

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Praise For Craig Berube

from Chris Pinkert of the Blues' website,

When Craig Berube took over the St. Louis Blues, they had just been shutout by the last-place Los Angeles Kings at home.

It was mid-November and the team was 7-9-3 in the first 19 games of the season. They sat 14th in the Western Conference and were 30th out of 31 NHL teams.

Now?

The Blues are 32-23-5 with 69 points, good enough for a divisional playoff spot and third in the Central Division.

The big turnaround can, at least in part, be attributed to Berube.

"He's intense, demanding," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told stlouisblues.com. "But he also understands when the boys need a mental and physical break. He's been really good at managing us in games from behind the bench and managing days away from the rink.

"He expects a lot. I mean, he expects you to keep getting better every day, regardless of how many games we've won lately or how many in a row we've won," Pietrangelo added. "Every single day, he wants to get better. He's demanding that of us, but it's made us a better team."

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Evening Line- Craig Berube

via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,

Berube: "We were terrible in the first period. Every player. Terrible … I don't know how you're not ready to play. We won two games, we're feeling good, ready to roll, and we've got a team (Calgary) that played yesterday afternoon in Minnesota.

Berube cont'd: "A real good opportunity to make it three in a row and start feeling good. And we just lay and egg. No good. Couldn't make a play, couldn't check, no composure, no team play."

The Blues lost 7-2 at home to the Flames today.

added 6:38pm, Watch Berube post-game below.

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Craig Berube Done In Philadelphia

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.

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Craig Berube Still The Head Coach Of The Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is meeting with the media now...

 

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added 3:11pm, Hextall video below on Berude...

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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,

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Craig Berube On Returning As Coach Of The Philadelphia Flyers

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Asked whether he deserved another chance to coach next year, Berube laughed.

“When you don’t make the playoffs, anything can happen,” Berube replied. “Especially here. We’re still fighting to make the playoffs. If that happens, who knows what can happen. It’s an organization that has a lot of pride. They want to be in the fight every year.”

The Flyers' "tragic number" is now five. Five points earned by Ottawa — the current second wild card — or five points lost by the Flyers eliminates the Flyers from the playoff hunt.

When that happens, Berube’s short reign is likely over.

“Do I love coaching here?” Berube asked. “Yep, I do.”

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The Philadelphia Flyers Need A New Coach

from Tom Flynn of PennLive,

There might not be any bigger fan of Eagles coach Chip Kelly than embattled Flyers coach Craig Berube. With all of the moves Kelly has made recently, Berube has enjoyed convenient cover for a series of missteps that should cost him his job.

After Saturday's game in Edmonton, the Flyers are eight games from a season that will end without a playoff berth for only the third time in 19 seasons. Since 16 of the 30 teams in the NHL make the playoffs, it requires some effort to join the 47 percent that will be making tee times starting April 12, the day after the regular season ends.

Certainly, Berube has a co-conspirator in Paul Holmgren, the former general manager who left the coach with an ill-fitting roster. A defensive corps comprised mostly of second-pairing (at best) talent and a huge lack of secondary scoring hindered the team all season.

Also, the huge contracts and minuscule production from washed-out veterans Vinny Lecavalier and R.J. Umberger will continue to be a problem because their outsize deals will prevent any sort of trade.

What should get Berube canned, however, is his puzzling mistreatment of goalie Steve Mason, who has become the team's most indispensable player.

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Tension Building With The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers are broken, and it would be surprising if another coach isn't hired to try to put them back together.

Coach Craig Berube is a good hockey man with strong principles, but he has lost this flawed team. Many of the players are upset with how Berube singled out goalie Steve Mason - three times - in the team's eighth straight road loss Thursday, a 4-1 defeat in Calgary....

When you combine the Flyers' repeated failures with the growing tension in the locker room, it's fair to wonder if first-year general manager Ron Hextall will soon make a coaching change.

Hextall, we presume, wants to hire his own coach.

Berube was hired by then-GM Paul Holmgren.

more and below, watch Berube after practice today...

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Craig Berube’s Future

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

So where do the Flyers go from here, and does coach Craig Berube have 15 games left in his tenure?

Barring a miracle, the Flyers will miss the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They have regressed in their second year under Berube, who is not the most beloved figure in the locker room.

Respected, yes. Beloved, no.

Some of the defensemen are still perturbed at the Blue Line Carousel that has had players yanked in and out of the lineup. Vinny Lecavalier, a center primarily used as a fourth-line right winger when he wasn't a healthy scratch, is fuming at the way he has been handled, and it's fair to wonder why he wasn't given a shot at being the second-line center for a few weeks to try to get him on track.

After Berube replaced the fired Peter Laviolette early last season, the Flyers went 42-27-10 under the new coach's defense-first style, reached the playoffs, and took the eventual Stanley Cup finalist New York Rangers to seven games in the opening round.

This year, the Flyers are 28-26-13, and the biggest indictment of Berube is this: With a playoff spot in sight, the Flyers have lost their last five games against teams that are not in playoff positions: Columbus, Buffalo, Carolina, Toronto, and New Jersey.

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Morning Line- Craig Berube

“They’re not playing the right way, for the most part. They’re not working together very well. To me, they have to work harder and they have to play a simpler game.

“They have to work together, and I don’t see that right now.”

-Craig Berube, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek.  Read more on the Flyers from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.

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Garrioch talks Habs, Briere on the move, Petry and Flyers’ possible blueline sale

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has made a helluva case for Antoine Vermette as the league's most useful player available at the trade deadline (in no small part because the Arizona Coyotes forward used to be a Senator), and Vermette's far from chopped liver, but these parts of his Sunday rumor column are more interesting than Vermette talk or discussion of Team Canada WJC coach Benoit Groulx's future:

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has been working the phones to try to get help up front. Yes, the Habs have had a great first half, but they'd still like to get a little more size among their forwards for a long playoff run. They waived blue-liner Bryan Allen and his $3.5-million contract. He was sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Hamilton and the Habs are hopeful someone will deal for him ... If a team is looking for experience, a possible option is Colorado C Daniel Briere. A UFA with a $4-million cap hit, he's being used in a fourth-line role by the Avs. Briere, 36, could be a nice fit for a team in the East and the Avs wouldn't want much more than a draft pick in return. The Islanders could use a guy like Briere. They have little experience ... A possible fit for the Wings: Oilers' D Jeff Petry. Detroit GM Ken Holland was on Edmonton radio last week and indicated he needs a right shot. Petry is a UFA and a Michigan native.

Ryan Kesler's also from Michigan, and the Wings were supposedly in trade talks for him, too, but that didn't happen. A player's Michigan ties haven't fared into the Wings,' "We want to trade for guy over the other one" decision-making process since the Jimmy Carson trade.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is getting antsy to make deals. Philly has virtually no shot at making the playoffs, coach Craig Berube is on the hot-seat and Hextall wouldn't mind clearing out cash. While the Flyers would like to move blue-liners Nick Schultz, Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Del Zotto, the guy teams really covet is Braydon Coburn. With a $4.5-million cap hit through 2016-17, Coburn is highly regarded and could bring a good return. There's also interest in centre Brayden Schenn, who has a cap hit of $2.75 million through next season.

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The Future Of Craig Berube

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

"The next 20 games mean a lot,'' said R.J. Umberger, whose third-period goal tied a game that appeared to once again be slipping from the Flyers' shaky grasp. "We're not going to quit. We're going to take advantage of this stretch of home games and be a better road team down the stretch here. A lot can happen in the second half of the year.''

And a lot must. To have even half a chance to make the playoffs, the Flyers would need points in 30 of their remaining 41 games and would need to win 24 of them, according to SportsClubStats.com. Stated more starkly, a 23-14-4 record the rest of the way would give the Flyers just a 0.4 chance of making the postseason.

Can you say, "Snowball in H-E-Double-hockey-sticks?"

Berube preaches a one-game-at-a-time approach, but the locker-room vocabulary now regularly includes phrases like "streak," "run" and even "games." Beating Boston would shrink the margin between the teams to seven, losing would increase it to double digits, but this half-done, half-empty season is way more complicated than that. There are too many games and too many teams to play one-on-one, and so the focus remains an internal one....

Fire the coach, right? Instead, Hextall, amid threats that changes will be made if the team does not perform better, continually gives Berube a vote of confidence.

This does not mean he sees Berube as his coach in the future. Contrary to a popular outcry, the Flyers don't always try to solve their issues from within, as Ken Hitchcock and Peter Laviolette demonstrate. But they almost always try to fix them that way.

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien vs. Craig Berube?

via Sportsnet,

Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube must’ve said something to Dustin Byfuglien after the Flyers beat the Jets in OT, prompting the big Jets defenceman to get up in his face.

 

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Craig Berube Gets Behind The Wheel Of The Bus And Puts It In Drive

via Sam Carchidi tweets,

Berube on the benched MacDonald “He has to play better; he hasn’t moved the puck as well as he has, his intensity dropped off.”

Berube on Lecavalier, who played 5:56:"He neds to work harder, needs to be a better player, needs to play with more structure & dig in more"

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Morning Line- Craig Berube On Steve Mason

“He’s gotta go out and play his game. Don’t try and do too much, just play your game. Just be you. Move the puck when you get it. Get out and play the puck and move it. That’s what gets him in the game. And make the saves you’re supposed to make.”

-Craig Berube, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on goaltender Steve Mason who has yet to win a game this season.  More on Mason from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.

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Matheson runs the gamut of hockey stories in this week’s ‘Hockey World’

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's Hockey World mega-column's been chopped into 4 bite-size blog entries, and this week, he has a conversation with Nashville Predators GM David Poile, he suggests that the Oilers ought to draft Leon Draisaitl over Aaron Eklbad at the 2014 draft, and amongst his "This 'n' that" notes...

Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”

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A First For First Nation Coaches

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Their ancestors helped develop the game centuries ago. There have been Indians in the NHL for 60 years.

But not until today will two Natives meet as head coaches in the NHL.

They are First Nations men, to be precise; that is the correct nomenclature in Canada. Sabres coach Ted Nolan is an Ojibwe from Ontario. Flyers coach Craig Berube is part Cree, and from Alberta.

"It's huge," Nolan said upon his arrival in Philadelphia yesterday. "The significance of it is not really what it means to me, or Craig Berube, but what it means when you think of what our ancestors went through."

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Brooks: Emery-Holtby scrap speaks poorly of Flyers, NHL

I never fought when I played goal, and I'd delicately describe the practice as "dumb" in the modern-day NHL, so you'd be correct to suggest that I thought Ray Emery's scrap with Braden Holtby was idiotic, and that the combination of injuries sustained during the Caps-Flyers brawl and the lack of supplemental discipline for Emery because there are apparently "no rules" prohibiting one goalie from skating to the other end of the ice and choosing to lay a beating upon another goalie all yielded a lack of team discipline and a lack of responsiblity-taking on the part of the NHL.

The New York Post's Larry Brooks' Sunday column includes a pondering about the Vanek-Moulson trade, a note about the Oilers' goaltending, suspension talk and much more, but his main thrust involves the Flyers-Capitals brawl and Emery's conduct, with Brooks suggesting that the Flyers' lack of discipline can be traced down from its ownership to the GM coach and players:

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Berube May Have A Little Tortorella In Him

from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Already whistled for one roughing infraction and about to enter the penalty box early in the third period, Rosehill instead spun around and skated across the ice on a search-and-destroy mission. He inserted himself into a skirmish, knocking down Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky, earning another roughing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct and leaving the Flyers shorthanded for four minutes....

"Well, I thought it was a weak call originally," Berube said. "And then what he did afterward was unacceptable. He can't do it. He knows that."

Did the coach have some sort of punishment in mind?

"You want me to spank him?" Berube said. "Get lost."

more on Berube after the Flyers' victory last night.

Watch Berube's comment below...

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The Flyers Way

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Craig Berube is in as the Philadelphia Flyers’ new coach, replacing Peter Laviolette three games – three! - into the new 2013-14 NHL season. It felt like a panic move, which is what a lot of moves the Flyers make these days feel like.

They can be bold – trading away Jeff Carter and Mike Richards on the same day – and occasionally puzzling – signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a monster free-agent contract, acquiring Steve Mason from the Columbus scrap heap – but they are always interesting. Philadelphia has money to spend and an intensely loyal and involved owner in Ed Snider, so emotion figures into the equation more in Philadelphia than almost anywhere else in the NHL.

There is a Flyer way of doing things and Berube epitomizes the Flyer way. As a player, he was immensely popular wherever he landed – and the same apparently has been true in his various coaching assignments up to now....

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