“Was Laviolette safe?” the Internet asked in anticipation. “Would he make it past the 10-game mark?”
No, Laviolette wouldn’t make it past the three-game mark as manager Paul Holmgren decided — on a gut feeling — that a change needed to be made. Whether that was the ultimate rationale for the move remains to be seen. But it’s another instance of the Flyers organization displaying why they are the NHL’s most entertaining show.
Philadelphia is a wild card. While you always kind of know what they’re going to do, you never know what they’re going to do. The only thing that you can bet on is that they’re going to do something and that it’s going to keep you on the edge of your seat. No name is ever too big and no risk is ever worth wasting. If it’s an aggressive stance, the Flyers will be the ones to take it.
In a micro-observation of the franchise over the last four years, the team has: come two games short of winning the Stanley Cup, traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, traded for Ilya Bryzgalov, lost Chris Pronger for the remainder of forever, offer sheeted Shea Weber, traded Sergei Bobrovsky (who went onto win a Vezina), traded first-round pick James van Riemsdyk, cut Bryzgalov, cut Danny Briere and signed Vincent Lecavalier.
Is the player a star? Does he want a max-contract? Whatever the case, Philadelphia will be involved. The reason they’re involved? Because they’re always involved.
I feel like I’m covering the fucking Kardashians… only there are fewer black guys.