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April 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WITH CRAIG BERUBE gone, who might man the Flyers' bench next? Since general manager Ron Hextall has clamored for a complete "culture change," it's a good bet the 19th coach of the Flyers has no previous ties to the organization. Here's a peek at a few qualified candidates: MIKE BABCOCK Age: 51 Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Playing career: Team captain at McGill University in Montreal NHL coaching record: 2 seasons in Anaheim, 10 seasons in Detroit; 527-285-19-119 (.627)
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April 18, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ron Hextall and Craig Berube were Flyers teammates for five seasons. For the most part, they have been organization lifers. Hextall, the club's first-year general manager, says that doesn't make it more difficult to make a decision on retaining or dismissing Berube, who has been the Flyers coach for nearly two seasons. Human nature says otherwise. Hextall said Wednesday he was still mulling whether to bring back Berube for the final year of his contract. The longer he waits, the longer he allows Berube to twist in the wind.
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April 17, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There's a fine line between methodical and calculating, and if his stated reasons for leaving Craig Berube twisting in the breeze are true, then Ron Hextall is treading that line now. The Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention in late March. Their regular season ended Saturday. Their exit interviews took place Monday. Yet Hextall, their general manager, ostensibly still hasn't decided whether Berube will return as head coach, and he took pains to paint himself Wednesday as a great deliberator - patient, thoughtful, measured.
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April 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall hasn't decided whether he wants Craig Berube back next season, but he claimed his indecision had nothing to do with which coaches may soon become available. "This is singular in itself. There's no waiting around to see if someone comes available or what else is out there," Hextall said Wednesday during his end-of-season news conference at the team's practice facility in Voorhees. "It's not part of the equation. " Hextall, whose team was eliminated from the playoffs March 29, said he was going to be "methodical" because he wanted to make the right choice.
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April 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to add some pieces to a team that finished 33-31-18 and 14 points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot this season. "I'd like to find an upgrade on defense, whether it be a free agent or whatever," he said during a season-ending news conference Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I'd like to find a skilled forward. That's my wish list. Free agency, trade . . . we'll look at that. " The free-agent market is rather thin, and it includes wingers Matt Beleskey (Anaheim)
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April 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SIDNEY CROSBY? NAH. Ryan Getzlaf? Nope. Rick Nash? Not a chance. Ask Jake Voracek in December if he thought he could have kept pace in the NHL's scoring race with those players and those would have been his answers. He didn't believe he belonged then. He refused to believe he was an elite NHL forward after leading the All-Star Game in Columbus with six points. Even now, nearly 3 weeks after being booted from contention in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Voracek isn't sure.
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April 17, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE THEME of Ron Hextall's first season-ending news conference as Flyers general manager was clarity. Reporters wanted clarity on Craig Berube's job status. The GM said he had not decided whether to bring the Chief back for the final season of his contract, extend it, or thank him for his service and move on. "He's our head coach," Hextall said. "And if something changes, I'll let you guys know. " OK, fine. But then Hextall asked for some clarity, about a perceived philosophical rift between his vision going forward and that of team chairman Ed Snider.
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April 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RON HEXTALL swallowed hard before the words dribbled out of his mouth. Craig Berube is still the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, but Hextall isn't sure for how much longer. The Flyers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs 19 days ago, but Hextall said that wasn't enough time. "The wait is that I'm going to be methodical," Hextall said. "I want to make the right decision. I'm not going to make a quick decision to appease people, or to follow along like it's going like it's supposed to be done.
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April 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
'YOU EVER WATCH Mike Keenan?" Ron Hextall was asking. "Mike Keenan had Vezina Trophy winner after Vezina Trophy winner, and he yanked goalies all the time. " That was one of Hextall's responses yesterday when asked whether he was comfortable with how coach Craig Berube managed the Vezina-caliber season Steve Mason cobbled together against the odds. Mason, 26, set a Flyers franchise record for save percentage (.928) since the stat became official in the NHL in 1981-82. It was good enough for third in the league.
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April 16, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE LINE between winning and losing in hockey is razor thin. That fact is never more in focus than during the Stanley Cup playoffs. This year, that line was not as fine for the Flyers. It was pretty clear where they stood - 14 points out of the mix, finishing with their second-lowest point total (84) in an 82-game season in franchise history. The lens through which these playoffs are viewed should be different in this town this year. General manager Ron Hextall has a lot of work to do. Here is a comprehensive preview of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin tonight, with predictions and an eye on what Hextall could use as a prototype: MONTREAL (A1)
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