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May 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he was hired by the Flyers and left the University of North Dakota on Monday, Dave Hakstol became just the third coach in NHL history to climb directly from the NCAA ranks to his first head coaching job in the NHL. He hopes to be as successful as one of them, the late Bob Johnson, who directed Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 1991. Johnson coached the University of Wisconsin for 16 seasons and won three national titles before being hired by the Calgary Flames in 1982. The Flames made the playoffs in all five of his seasons and reached the Finals in 1986.
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May 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MIKE BABCOCK promises this will all be over within a week. For the Flyers, the prospects of landing their No. 1 head-coaching candidate must seem at least a little dull, considering the optics of a 25-minute interview with TSN's Darren Dreger on Friday. Babcock thoughtfully answered every question, but the NHL's most sought after free-agent coach in history did so while sitting next to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland in a hotel room in Prague, where the two are scouting the World Championships.
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May 10, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER A WEEK of contemplation, Mike Babcock wants to see what's on the open market. And despite their interest in keeping Babcock on as head coach, the Detroit Red Wings will give him that opportunity. The Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak to interested parties beginning at noon yesterday, the team announced. His negotiation window with interested parties will extend through May 25. Babcock, 52, is hockey's most sought-after free agent this summer - including players.
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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 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 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 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 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Thirty-five years ago on tax day, this town was the envy of sports fans across the country. The Flyers, with memories of their consecutive Stanley Cup titles still fresh, were on their way back to the finals after putting together a record 35-game unbeaten streak during the regular season. The 76ers, with Julius Erving in his prime, were a couple of weeks away from ousting the hated Boston Celtics from the Eastern Conference finals and returning to the NBA Finals for the second time in four years.
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April 13, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AS MUCH AS just about anyone, Phantoms coach Terry Murray has a Flyers logo tattooed on his butt. The Flyers' coach in the 1997 Stanley Cup final enjoyed stops in Florida, Washington and Los Angeles, but he's always made it back to his first home as a player - as a scout, assistant coach or minor league mentor. Murray should be forgiven if he is rooting for the Flyers to lose today in their meaningless season finale. That would mean his older brother, Bryan, can officially resume the chase of that elusive first Stanley Cup next week.
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April 10, 2015
"Everyone at the Phillies is saddened by the news of Stan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Gloria, his family and his Daily News colleagues. In the early '60s, Stan and his fellow writers made the Daily News sports section a 'must read' for young readers such as myself. Over the next 45 years, it was a pleasure to get to know him on a personal level. "His writing skills and talents allowed him to cover a variety of subjects including restaurant reviews, boxing and other sports, but I believe he always had a special place in his heart for baseball.
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