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Too many ups and downs, more accountability needed...
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.
"I don't believe our effort has been an area where you could say we have a problem here in terms of flat-out effort. I think consistency has been our biggest issue. I think you see certain games and we play real well, we execute, we have good puck support, our lines work well together, our D-pairs work, we move the puck quick. Then there's other games where we're just off our game. But again, I wouldn't say effort is a problem here. We've got a pretty good group of people."
-Ron Hextall, GM of the Philadelphia Flyers. More from Hextall from Randy Miller of NJ.com.
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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"I have no plans to replace the coach."
"When you have a team going like we are, it’s all of us. I’ve got my fair share of responsibility. So does Chief (Berube) and so do the players, the assistant coaches. We’re in this together. We all have a piece of the pie here and we all have to do a better job."
-Ron Hextall, GM of the Philadelphia Flyers. More on the Flyers from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"It's too early to get too tied up in the standings, but it's not too early to say, 'Where are we at as a group?' and we're under .500. That's not going to cut it. We need to be better.
"We're a better team than our record shows, and I think the biggest issue we've had is consistency. You're never going to be totally consistent. We all get that part. But our consistency, our highs and lows, have been just too extreme, and, within a game, within a period, there's just been too many down parts, whether it's 10 minutes, 8 minutes, 6 minutes. The way the game is now, as close as it is, you can't afford it. You really can't."
-Ron Hextall, GM of the Philadelphia Flyers. More on the Flyers from Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Daily News.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The door slammed, opened, and slammed again.
Inside the changing room, a sanctuary for players that is usually kept at an arms-length from team management, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was peeling the paint off the walls with words that would make a stevedore blush.
"Are you [bleeping] kidding me?" Hextall screamed, loud enough for the media waiting next door in the locker room to hear. "That's [bleeping] embarrassing! Jesus [bleeping] Christ!"
The door slammed, one final time, but not until it sounded as if a wastebasket bounced off the wall deep inside the bowels of Madison Square Garden - where the Flyers have now lost nine consecutive regular-season games.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
He's drawing on his experience with the Kings as he tries to fortify the Flyers, who missed the playoffs in the 2012-13 season, were eliminated in the first round last season, and are coping with key injuries on defense. He has borrowed bits of philosophy from Flyers icon Bob Clarke, their senior vice president, and Holmgren, the Flyers' president, as well as from Lombardi.
"You've got the two ex-players in 'Clarkie' and 'Homer' and then you get the other side of it. Dean's a lawyer and very analytical, so you tune into some of his thought process and his thinking," Hextall said. "I learned an awful lot from Dean and from being in LA.
"In Philly, things have always been fairly stable. In L.A. we turned over the whole infrastructure of the organization, from trainers to coaches to scouts. I'd never been through a process like that before. I think one of the most valuable things I learned was hiring people and how important it was to hire the right people."...
"We've got some good young pieces coming, and in that sense there's similarities with L.A. We've got a real good young group of forwards here, and we've got some young defensemen coming that we're really excited about. So we've got to have some patience."
more plus a short talk with John Davidson, President of the Columbus Blue Jackets..
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Who in your mind has improved the most in the East and in your division?
Hextall: Oh, boy. Boy, that’s a good question.
Looks to me like the Rangers and Penguins took steps backwards.
Hextall: People maybe look at Tampa in the East and say they improved. I always say, if you don’t improve from within, you can only make so many steps. ... You can’t sign free agents X and Y and say, ‘Oh, we’ve gotten so much better.’ Maybe you look at Minnesota two years ago and say they were the exception with [Zach] Parise and [Ryan] Suter. You say, ‘Well, they should be a lot better.’ It didn’t work out quite like some people thought it would. For the most part, you can’t go out and sign a free agent or two and say you took this huge step. Because of chemistry and everything else that goes into it. If you don’t get better from within, your chances of moving too far ahead are slim.
That’s where we focused this summer. Getting better from within. Not just on the ice, but some of our staff and minor league team. Little things we can improve in here like the analytical part or coaching part. There’s things we can get better. It’s not just the product on the ice which is a byproduct of all the little things that you improve on, whether it’s medical devices or training programs. Our team was very diligent about training [this summer]. Our team last year? I don’t think was in great shape. I really don’t, for whatever reason. We better be in better shape this year. 1 and 7 [start]? We can’t do that again. We got to be ready to go on opening night. We gotta fricking go! That type of thing far outweighs signing a decent free agent.
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
NJ.com: What are you expectations for next season? A lot of people see the 2014-15 Flyers having to fight for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots, then potentially being dangerous in the playoffs if your goalie gets hot. Your team doesn't appear to be the full puzzle yet, but seem to have the makings of a pretty good team. Agree?
Hextall: “We've got a good team. We expect our players every night to go out and be the best they can be and collectively be a cohesive unit. When you have that type of cohesion and players playing hard and playing for the cause every night, you can accomplish good things. Look at the Rangers last year. Who'd have thought they'd be a Stanley Cup Final team? And they beat us by one goal in Game 7 (in the first round)? So we’ve got a good team and our expectations are high. I don't know if the belief from people is we don't have high expectations. That couldn't be further from the truth. All I’ve said all along is we’re going to continue to get better every year.”
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
“I regret my actions on Canada Day and sincerely apologize to my fans, teammates and the Philadelphia Flyers organization for my misguided attempt at humor.
Following an investigation, law enforcement determined that charges are not warranted. I have the utmost respect for law enforcement and apologize to the Ottawa Police Department and specifically the individual officer. I will be making no further public comment on this matter.
I will not be distracted from my ongoing preparation for the upcoming season. I remain 100% committed and focused on working with my team to return the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.”
“We’ve been in contact with Claude and the Ottawa Police Service and have been informed that no charges will be filed. Moving forward, we will deal with this incident internally and we will no longer publicly discuss this matter.”
-- Flyers GM Ron Hextall
Below, watch Flyers GM Ron Hextall discuss the trade...
As noted during the GM's meetings post, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tends to issue a set of "Rumblings" in conjunction with an episode of TSN's Insider Trading, and that is most certainly the case this evening. TSN's Darren Dreger, James Duthie and LeBrun spent three-and-a-half minutes discussing hot topics, and TSN conveniently provided a transcript of the video.
The Stanley Cup Final is on but GM's are already focusing about next season. We expect Brad Richards to be bought out by the New York Rangers - what about Mike Richards by L.A.?
Darren Dreger: Well the Los Angeles Kings don't plan on buying out Mike Richards because then they would have to replace him. But Mike Richards doesn't want to be a fourth-line centre next year for the Kings. The Kings are expected to push Richards in the off-season to improve his conditions and get a little bit stronger. But we also know that Richards is a strong and confident young man and he may not want to follow the path that the Kings want him to follow. So this could get very interesting.
Is current Philadelphia Flyer Vincent Lecavalier soon to be an ex-Flyer?
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The Philadelphia Flyers will have a press conference to reportedly announce Ron Hextall as their new GM and the moving of Paul Holmgren to team President.
It is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and can be watched below via CSNPhilly....
When Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider hedged his bets regarding GM Paul Holmgren's future, everyone and their brother's uncle's cousin in South Jersey figured that the Flyers would shuffle the managerial deck. Surprise surprise:
What becomes of Peter Laviolette and how much heat is there now on Paul Holmgren?
[Darren] Dreger: For the moment Laviolette and his family are trying to stay below the radar. Obviously Laviolette is not happy with the way things ended with the Philadelphia Flyers so he may lay low. He wants to coach again in the NHL and given his resume it's believed that he will get another opportunity.
If things don't materialize in the NHL say before Christmas, I'm told Laviolette would consider going over to Europe and coaching there. It's not too far-fetched that Laviolette and his family would consider that.
As for Holmgren, he was looking for Ron Hextall. Since Holmgren took over as GM of the Flyers he has been constantly trying to lure Hextall from the Los Angeles Kings. There's no imminent danger for Holmgren and the belief is he will go out on his own terms and Hextall ultimately would be his successor.
from the Philadelphai Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Ron Hextall has been named Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” said Holmgren. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.”