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April 29, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most fans roll their eyes when former Flyers players or coaches are mentioned to fill the vacancy created by Craig Berube's firing. It's understandable that fans want someone fresh, someone without any preconceived notion of how the organization operates, to become the new coach. It has been 40 years since the Orange and Black won their last Stanley Cup, and many of those years have had ex-Flyers in the front office and/or behind the bench, so no one will argue that a fresh set of eyes might help.
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April 28, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
HOW MUCH is on the coach? How much is on the players? They are the questions St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong will be asking today, one day after his Blues were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight spring despite one of the best rosters in the league. Ken Hitchcock figures to join the deep ranks of coaching free agents. They are the questions Ron Hextall will be asking himself when it comes to candidate Dallas Eakins, who was fired in December after a season and a half in Edmonton.
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April 28, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The most underrated candidate to become the Flyers' next head coach has never had an NHL team finish better than third in its division, has coached in the postseason once over his seven years in the league, and was fired on the day after Christmas. At first glance, Peter DeBoer's resumé doesn't seem worthy of a spot near the top of the stack on Ron Hextall's desk, as if DeBoer were a second-class contender compared to the bigger names who have or might yet become available: Mike Babcock, Claude Julien, Todd McLellan.
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April 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
An impressive name was added to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's list of coaching candidates Monday. San Jose coach Todd McLellan and the Sharks mutually parted ways, making him a major contender for the Flyers opening. McLellan, 47, a former Detroit assistant, will have a long line of suitors, including Buffalo and Toronto. Interestingly, when McLellan coaches Canada in the world championships in the Czech Republic next month, he will have three Flyers on his team: Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier.
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April 21, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TODAY IS Day 4 of the Flyers' head coaching vacancy. That in itself is a rarity in franchise history - a rather long length of time in between coaches for a team with an innately itchy trigger finger. In fact, six of the seven Flyers coaches hired since 1998 replaced their predecessor on the same day. Ken Hitchcock, who succeeded Jack Adams Trophy winner Bill Barber on May 14, 2002, was the lone exception. Eleven of the 17 coaches hired in franchise history after original boss Keith Allen were same-day replacements.
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April 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE FUTURE of one of 14 NHL franchises will change with the drop of four pingpong balls tonight in Toronto. The Flyers just aren't holding their breath. In fact, the Flyers are not sending a representative to see the draft lottery be conducted, even though Connor McDavid is hockey's first runaway consensus No. 1 pick since Steven Stamkos in 2008. The draw will be announced as part of a "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcast, simulcast live on NBC, at 8 o'clock immediately preceding Game 2 of the Penguins/Rangers series.
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April 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Goalie Steve Mason said it would have been a "present" if the Flyers won the draft lottery Saturday night in Toronto and earned the right to select a center viewed as a generational player, Connor McDavid, with the first overall pick. Well, when the Ping-Pong balls were done falling, the gift was given to Edmonton. The Oilers won the lottery and will undoubtedly choose the player scouts call "The Next Crosby" on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. The Flyers did not move up or down in the lottery, and they will pick No. 7 overall.
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April 20, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
VINNY LECAVALIER and R.J. Umberger got one coach fired. It will be fascinating to see how far they can erode the new coach's equity. Lecavalier signed with the Flyers in 2013, before general manager Ron Hextall got the job. Hextall replaced popular, inconsistent Scott Hartnell with Umberger. Lecavalier and Umberger occupied a whopping 14 percent of the Flyers' cap room this season. They occupied about 1 percent of the opposition's attention. They were disasters that first-time head coach Craig Berube was unable to solve in his first full season.
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April 20, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
An amazing - or at least unprecedented - thing happened in 2013 with the four major professional sports teams in Philadelphia. All of them reached a franchise crossroads in which it was necessary to hire a new head coach or manager. Since the Flyers arrived on the scene in 1967 to complete the foursome in Philadelphia, that had never happened before. Three of the four had made changes at the top in the same year 10 times, but it was never before a clean sweep. Then came 2013, as the Eagles replaced Andy Reid with Chip Kelly, the Sixers shifted from Doug Collins to Brett Brown, and the Phillies and Flyers both made in-season changes.
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April 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THIRTY HOURS? A shade over a day. That was all the time required for a wavering Ron Hextall to determine the job status of a man without a shadow of a doubt. The Flyers general manager held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon and announced he was neither dismissing nor keeping head coach Craig Berube. He made up his mind Thursday night after a supposedly "methodical" process with "due diligence. " Berube, 49, was fired yesterday morning, capping off one of the most head-scratching weeks in a franchise history full of them.
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