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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 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 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 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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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said he felt pained when coach Craig Berube was fired Friday, six days after his offensive-challenged team completed a 33-31-18 season. "It's always difficult to let somebody go that has worked so hard and has particularly been such a good member of our organization," Snider said in a statement. Berube spent parts of 18 years with the organization as a player, coach, or assistant. He may be given another job in the organization.
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April 19, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On the days, separated by seven months, that they promoted Craig Berube to head coach and Ron Hextall to general manager, the Flyers framed each announcement in the manner in which they conduct so much of their daily business - with a reverence for their past that bordered on the pathological. Berube and Hextall had been teammates with the Flyers a generation earlier, and both had worked for the organization after their playing careers had ended. Ed Snider, the Flyers' team chairman, and Paul Holmgren, the team's president, flanked Berube at the first news conference and Hextall at the second, and the stories and anecdotes from the old days flowed like foamy Molson from a just-tapped keg. That was the nostalgic veneer and implicit message of each image: that Chief and Hexy were Flyers once and Flyers forever, and they would stay true to the organization's core principles and practices.
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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued their coaching carousel Friday. Craig Berube was fired after the Flyers failed to make the playoffs in his first full season with the team. The Flyers went 33-31-18, including a 10-20-11 mark on the road. Overall, they were just 8-18 in games that went beyond regulation, and 3-11 in shootouts. General manager Ron Hextall, Berube's teammate during five of his seasons with the Flyers, said the dismissal was not an easy decision. "Craig Berube is a good friend of mine," Hextall said.
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