Originally written April 28, 2013 on Fox Sports:
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The Philadelphia Flyers have failed to win a Stanley Cup every season since 1975. But they're at least in the hunt. Not this year. Not after the Flyers failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and only the second time since 1995. Any offseason shakeups needed to mold the Flyers back into a contender won't include changing the coach. Peter Laviolette has another chance to win the Cup with the Flyers, and will return for his fifth season with a chance to prove this was a one-year blip and not the start of downward spiral for the franchise. ''We're not in the playoffs, so we all underperformed,'' Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Sunday. ''Players, coaches, myself. And we've got to get better. I'm not unhappy with the coaches. I think they did a good job under the circumstances. But we're sitting here today talking and the playoffs are going to start in two days and we're not in them, so that's not go...
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