Three games. Yeah, it’s obvious the Flyers have a ton of problems. But, like the Phillies, this is more the GM’s fault than the coach’s. In three years, Paul Holmgren has (this might become a run-on sentence) traded the captain and leading scorer from a Stanley Cup team, overpaid for a goalie and then traded his backup who went on to win the Vezina and replaced him with his mediocre backup, traded a promising young forward who had just been given a long-term contract, missed on signing big name free agents, and, with no plan B, settled on giving mid-30s players too-long contracts all while extending Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill because, yeah, THEY’RE IMPORTANT.
Meanwhile, the young forwards that were supposed to be sooo promising haven’t exactly done anything yet (except for Jake Voracek), meaning that the Flyers have traded away very legitimate all-stars and missed out on even more legitimate all-stars, and are instead left with a concerning mix of slow-to-develop youngsters who just got their coach fired.
This team has an aging, terrible defense, no natural goal scorers (BUT HEY LET’S OVERPAY SCOTT HARTNELL!), and a goaltending situation that couldn’t have been mishandled any more than it was the last few years.
The one issue that needed to be addressed from successful teams in 2010 and 2011 was the impending demise of Chris Pronger. But nope, instead the Flyers jettisoned half of their forwards, signed Bryzgalov, traded Bob, and failed to land any of their target free agents. Solution? FIRE THE COACH.
So now, the Flyers are going to bring in another made man, a goon in the typical Flyers mold, to coach a team made, not surprisingly, in the typical Flyers mold. And Ron Hextall will be the GM by Christmas, thus completing the cycle.
No idea if Berube will be a good coach or not, but this team is laughingly predictable.