April 14, 2015 |
WHEN CRAIG BERUBE was tabbed to replace Peter Laviolette as the Flyers head coach in October of 2013, he vowed to make them a more responsible bunch, one that would compete hard every night, one that would never take a shift or a game off, one that would become more consistent. Now, as his second season and first full one as their coach has been completed, Berube's future as that coach may be determined by the execution of those principles, and not the way he imagined back on that day. Because the perception of the 2014-2015 Flyers is that they did not compete hard every night, that shifts and games were taken off, and that they were anything but consistent.
October 9, 2014 |
One day into Craig Berube's minor-league hockey career, John Paddock sat him down for the kind of cold-truth conversation that a coach sometimes has to have with a player on the margin. This was the fall of 1986, and Berube had been a point-per-game forward the previous two years in major juniors, a 6-foot, 205-pound left winger who was beginning to learn that he didn't have the requisite speed and skill to be the same kind of scorer for the Hershey Bears, then the Flyers' affiliate in the American Hockey League - let alone in the NHL. "I was in between, thinking I could play a little bit, not knowing what I was going to do," Berube, now the Flyers head coach, said in an interview last week.
October 28, 2013 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Even before he was promoted from a Flyers assistant to their 18th head coach in franchise history, Craig Berube would run several miles a few times each week, especially when the team was on the road. The pattern continues. "I like doing it. It helps relieve stress," Berube said the other day. With his new position, and with the Flyers struggling for wins and goals, the stress has intensified. There are a lot more duties, a lot more headaches. And, he hopes, a lot more satisfaction.
December 14, 2011
Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots to lead the visiting Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins . Johan Franzen added his team-leading 14th goal for Detroit and Danny Cleary provided some insurance with a pair of late goals as the Red Wings won their third straight. The Penguins played without captain Sidney Crosby, who missed his third straight game and 23d overall this season following a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.
October 14, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Mike Richards did his best to downplay the situation. But even in his low-key style, the anticipation of playing against the Flyers was inescapable. The center and former captain will make his first appearance against his old team when the Los Angeles Kings visit the Flyers for Saturday night's game at the Wells Fargo Center. Richards was dealt to the Kings over the summer, and Thursday's game at the Prudential Center against the New Jersey Devils was only his third with his new team.
February 10, 2011 |
Exactly 1 year ago, Andreas Nodl was toiling in anonymity with the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms in the small town of Glens Falls, N.Y. Nodl had made his mark under John Stevens, appearing in 43 games with the former Flyers head coach. Under Peter Laviolette, Nodl, 23, had lasted just five games, averaging less than 8 minutes per game in ice time, before being sent back to Adirondack. He was unsure what Laviolette had in store for him. "It was pretty tough," Nodl recalled. "You're not that familiar with the guys.
October 20, 2009 |
Flyers coach John Stevens yesterday juggled three of his four lines and promised to give his third defensive pairing more minutes to take some strain off his top two blue line duos. The Flyers' No. 1 and No. 2 defensive pairings - Chris Pronger and Matt Carle, along with Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn - have been logging an inordinate number of minutes. All four, who are also used on special teams, are in the NHL's top 5 percent in time on ice. The 35-year-old Pronger leads the league with an average of 28 minutes, 13 seconds per game.
September 17, 2009
VETERAN CENTER Blair Betts is in Flyers training camp trying to win a roster spot. The fourth-line candidate had six goals in 81 games last year with the Rangers. His first NHL goal was in 2002 with Calgary and came from an accidental and rather eclectic line pairing. "I remember it like it was yesterday," he said, laughing. "Craig Berube, myself and Jarome Iginla ended up being on the ice somehow. "We obviously overlapped [shifts]. " Betts recalled Iginla carrying the puck up ice and sliding a pass to Berube, currently a Flyers assistant coach, but a notorious fighter as a player.
April 24, 2008 |
Game 1: Tonight at 7 The Goalies It took the Flyers' Marty Biron until he was 30 years old for the chance to compete in the playoffs, and he's likely full of confidence now after stopping 39 of 41 shots in Game 7 against Washington. Coach John Stevens called it Biron's best game as a Flyer. He lost to the Canadiens, 5-2, in his only start against them, on Nov. 1, but he's 12-7 with a 2.17 goals-against average against them during his career. The Canadiens felt so strongly about 20-year-old rookie Carey Price that they dealt Cristobal Huet to the Capitals three weeks after they recalled Price from the AHL. Price became the fourth rookie goalie to get a Game 7 shutout in the 5-0 win over Boston.
December 22, 2007 |
The Flyers gave coach John Stevens a one-year contract extension worth $650,000 yesterday. In expressing his enthusiasm for the job, Stevens cited Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider and president Peter Luukko, and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. Comcast-Spectator owns the team. "It's obviously exciting for me to continue on with this group," the coach said last night. "I can continue to build my relationship with Homer, Snider and Peter Luukko. " Talks had been going on for a while.