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November 8, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It might seem like the obvious choice to make Robert Esche the Flyers' goalie this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Esche is 4-1-1 as the Flyers' goalie, with a 1.81 goals-against average. In the Flyers' last two games - both victories - Esche saved 41 of 44 shots (93.2 percent). Meanwhile, Jeff Hackett is 2-2-2, with a 2.44 goals-against average. But Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock is starting Hackett instead of Esche. "My decision is always based on what's best for the team," Hitchcock said.
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April 20, 2006 | By Rob Parent INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shortly after the announcement yesterday that he would be the Flyers' starting goalie in the playoffs, Robert Esche didn't hesitate to say that his "Silent Bob" act of two years ago was officially a postseason production of the past. Esche, the starter the last time the Flyers entered the NHL's spring tournament, in 2004, was outstanding. He was 11-7 with a 2.32 goals-against average as the Flyers went seven games deep into the Eastern Conference finals. He also largely kept his mouth shut, speaking only after games in a reversal of his naked-truth norm for interviews.
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November 25, 2006 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When he arrived at the Wachovia Center yesterday morning, Ken Hitchcock's mind was racing in so many different directions he twice referred to his new team as "Nashville. " But he was not confused about the matter of where he would have rather been than in South Philly, making his debut as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Flyers, who fired him on Oct. 22. He would have rather been anywhere else. "Yes, definitely," said Hitchcock before the game, after being introduced as the Blue Jackets' new coach on Thanksgiving Day. "I didn't want to come here and take anything away from the competing players.
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September 29, 2005 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Joni Experiment at the Flyers' training camp has ended. Yesterday, coach Ken Hitchcock told 22-year-old defenseman Joni Pitkanen that he was returning to left defense - permanently. It was welcome news for Pitkanen and his partner, Mike Rathje. Both told the coaching staff that they weren't comfortable switching sides of the ice. "We talked to Joni and felt he wasn't using his speed enough coming up the off wing," Hitchcock said of the young defenseman, a lefthanded shooter.
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September 12, 2003 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The second season in the Ken Hitchcock era opens this morning at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, Camden County, when veterans report to training camp. The buzzword this time is trust. A driven man, Hitchcock is sometimes impervious to the demands he asks. Knowing when to push and when to let up is how you develop trust, the coach says. Last season, he felt the trust factor between players and coach wasn't ideal. If they are going to win the Stanley Cup, players have to trust a coach who increases pressure.
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May 15, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There were times when Mike Modano would bristle from the incessant demands of Ken Hitchcock, demands frequently made in biting language. Modano, like some other Dallas Stars, would chafe while wondering why this coach did not seem so impressed that he was among the most reliable goal-scorers in the NHL. "At first, you don't realize why he's such an in-your-face kind of coach," Modano said yesterday from Dallas, moments before Hitchcock, 50,...
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May 28, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Were it not for the Memorial Day holiday, the Flyers would have completed their new coaching staff over the weekend. Wayne Fleming, the 51-year-old vice president of the Canadian Hockey Association, is expected to accept the Flyers' offer to join Ken Hitchcock's staff this morning. Fleming said yesterday from his home in Calgary, Alberta, that he would talk to Flyers general manager Bob Clarke today. "Bob was away for the weekend, so we didn't talk," Fleming said. "We both agreed to talk [today]
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May 13, 2004 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A war of words between members of the Flyers' and Toronto brass was expected in the last playoff round. After all, Toronto's Pat Quinn is a former Flyers coach. But Tampa Bay? John Tortorella? Are you kidding? Yesterday, during his news conference in Tampa, Fla., the Lightning coach threw some not-so-playful verbal darts at Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock and even at general manager Bob Clarke, who hadn't said a word during these Eastern Conference finals, which are tied at one game apiece.
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May 22, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Flyers assistant coach is rejoining the fold. Craig Hartsburg, 42, an assistant coach with the Flyers from 1990 to 1994, is expected to announce today that he is leaving his job as coach and general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to join Ken Hitchcock's staff, according to a source close to Hartsburg. The Greyhounds, a junior club, have called an afternoon news conference to announce the move. Hartsburg "told me he wants back into the NHL," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said yesterday.
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October 31, 2005 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This time, the Flyers didn't blow a two-goal lead in the third period. They played responsibly with the puck, despite having just five defensemen. And they got timely saves as Robert Esche clearly outplayed Dominik Hasek. It all culminated in a shocking 5-3 Flyers victory over the white-hot, speedy Senators last night at the Corel Centre. "We did a lot of better things; we played the same way for 60 minutes that we did for 45 minutes in Carolina," coach Ken Hitchcock said.
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April 4, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Ken Hitchcock can still remember the first time he got a glimpse of Craig Berube. It was the summer of 1984. Berube arrived in Kamloops, British Columbia, for a camp before the start of the Western Hockey League season - Hitchcock's first year as a big-time junior coach. Berube, then 18, had just wrapped up a 104-penalty-minute campaign with the New Westminster Bruins of the same league. Some 30 years gone, the sight still haunts Hitchcock. "He got off this bus from Williams Lake with the toughest group of guys I've ever seen," Hitchcock said.
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March 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Hitchcock coaches the NHL's best team, the St. Louis Blues, but he is leery of his surging opponent in Saturday's matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. To Hitchcock, the Flyers are going to be an ultra-dangerous team when the playoffs roll around. "If I was in the East, I'd be really nervous to play them," Hitchcock, who coached the Flyers for three-plus seasons before being fired early in 2006-07, said in a phone interview from St. Louis on Friday. "They look like a team right now that not only has a lot of resolve, but they are fully committed to checking - and that's the coach who has gotten that out of them.
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November 22, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
Funny thing about hockey. The right coach for today's team is not necessarily the right coach for tomorrow's team. Or yesterday's team. Not so long ago, Ken Hitchcock led the Flyers on a long playoff run, reaching the seventh game of the conference finals. He did so by molding an offense-oriented team into one more defensively responsible, but just a couple seasons later, that system collapsed amid an early playoff exit and some lopsided early season losses, the ugliest a 9-1 demolition to last night's opponent, the Buffalo Sabres.
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October 9, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
ED SNIDER has seen a lot since founding the Flyers 47 years ago, but he said he never saw a training camp as bad as the most recent one. And it's a big reason why Peter Laviolette is now the team's ex-coach after just three regular-season games. As the news outlets gathered to chronicle Laviolette's firing and the promotion of Craig Berube to head coach, Snider wanted to make one thing very, very certain: This decision was made exclusively by his general manager. "Paul Holmgren did it. Paul Holmgren is the general manager," the Flyers chairman said emphatically.
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May 8, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
'OUR FANS love the game and know we're trying hard every year to get better. Fans aren't stupid. They know when an organization is doing everything possible and when it's not. They probably wouldn't support us if we weren't working our butts off. " These are the words of 80-year-old Ed Snider to the Inquirer and Philly.com last week, spoken from the heart as always. Whether it's the fat deal he gave Chris Pronger or the one he gave Ilya Bryzgalov 2 summers ago, Ed always has backed that heart with his checkbook, and for that he escapes much of the vitriol that fans express toward ownership of our more recent champions, such as the current Phillies.
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March 28, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IN SUNDAY'S overtime loss to Pittsburgh, coach Peter Laviolette liked what he saw in the Flyers' defensive zone, but said "it could be better. " On Tuesday night, it got worse. Perhaps the only way to cure what ails the Flyers - the same thing that has been their downfall all season: downright bad defense - is by beefing up the blue line. Last week, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and director of hockey ops Chris Pryor created buzz in their native Minnesota by scouting both the WCHA's Final Five tournament and the Wild's home game against San Jose.
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February 28, 2013 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FLYERS have never been confused as a patient, let's play-our-way-out-of-it franchise. Paul Holmgren's hands were tied Tuesday. Matt Read is on the shelf for another 5 weeks with torn rib muscles. Tye McGinn will miss at least the next 2 weeks with a fractured orbital bone, suffered on Monday. Simon Gagne, obtained Tuesday in a trade with Los Angeles, is not a permanent fix. He is a player who, when healthy, may be better than even the Flyers are expecting. He will provide a temporary stopgap in Peter Laviolette's lineup.
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April 25, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
SIFTING THROUGH the charred remains of his team's season on Tuesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero - the son of the only man to ever coach the Flyers to a Stanley Cup - was asked about his cross-state rival and the battles that loom in coming years. "They're not going anywhere," Shero said of the Flyers. For Shero, it was an outward tip of the cap to Paul Holmgren, who was somehow left off the list of finalists for General Manager of the Year, as announced by the league on Tuesday.
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March 18, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - After struggling at home for most of the season, the Flyers have finally discovered how to win at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's tough to lose a game," veteran winger Jaromir Jagr cracked, "if you don't give up any goals. " Entering Sunday afternoon's highly anticipated matchup against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers have won four straight at home for the first time this season. They have allowed a total of five goals in those four wins, and Ilya Bryzgalov has shutouts in the last two home victories.
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November 8, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
It happened quickly. The St. Louis Blues changed coaches after only 13 games. Now Ken Hitchcock is in charge, an experienced hand who says he knows how to get the most out of players. Yesterday, hours after his introductory news conference as the successor to Davis Payne, Hitchcock was on the bench for his first practice with a team that's off to a stumbling 6-7-0 start. His first game is tonight, at home against Chicago. Hitchcock said he plans no major changes, inheriting a staff and style of play, but will expect more consistency.
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