Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider believes there is nothing wrong with his franchise’s culture. He said as much after the organization made still another internal shuffle, replacing coach Peter Laviolette with assistant coach Craig Berube.
“We don’t need a fresh perspective. We have a pretty good culture and we know who we’re dealing with,” Snider said at that news conference.
“The culture is to win. Thirty teams are trying to win the Cup and we’re doing our damnedest to do it. That’s our culture.”
Guess again, Ed.
They hit a new low with their 3-0 loss to the sputtering Devils. Here are some fun facts about the 4-10-1 Flyers:
- They have scored just two goals in their last four games and 22 all season. They have scored two goals or fewer in 14 of their 15 games.
- Last season the Flyers had the league’s third-best power play with a 21.6 conversion rate. This season they are 6 for 60, ranking 27th in the NHL.
- Captain Claude Giroux hasn’t scored a goal in 21 games, dating back to last season.
The players held a meeting after that fiasco and Giroux bailed on the media, leaving some of his more courageous teammates to face the media music.
“We want to stick together,” veteran defenseman Hal Gill told reporters. “We talked about some things. We know it’s a long season and there is plenty of time for us to turn things around, but it’s got to be now. It’s got to be the next game. We need to find a way to get points and to keep moving forward. Like I said, we can’t sit there and pout. No one out there really cares about it but we in the locker room we care, and we have to find a way to turn it around.”
Berube has been a loyal Flyers soldier. He was tough as anybody as a player. But appears to be in hopelessly over his head as head coach.
“I've got to get them to play better. That's my job,” Berube told reporters. “It’s the competitiveness and a will to win and doing all the little things right to win, and right now we’re not good enough. We’re not doing good enough. That’s the bottom line.”
General manager Paul Holmgren appears flummoxed by his team’s failure.
“It doesn't make sense to me,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We're all scratching our heads. I don't know what to call it, but we need to get out of it. It doesn't make sense with the people we have who have scored in the past, and not just one-hit wonders, but guys who have done it consistently. Right now, as a group, we're struggling.”
Holmgren is another loyal Flyers soldier. But he has made some huge and expensive mistakes and Snider hired his heir apparent, Ron Hextall, before the season.
Will Flyers management drop a plunger on that team? And if that happens, with it be Holmgren or Hextall who pushes down?
“I think you're always in the process where you're looking at your team,” Holmgren told Inquirer. “Is there something bigger coming if things continue to go this way? Who knows?”
The mystery endures.