Paul Holmgren cited the decision to fire Laviolette as a gut decision because he didn't like what he was seeing on the ice. It is hard to argue with that but the "gut decision" brought back some past gut decisions he has made like trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. The pitchforks are out and Flyers fans want Holmgren gone, too. He stays... for now.
It got particularly interesting when Flyers owner Ed Snider was asked about the perception of Berube's hiring along with the organization's "culture." The question clearly alluded to the culture of the Broad Street Bullies but Snider played coy and asked the reporter about the culture. The reporter responded with "the culture of not winning a [Stanley] Cup since 1975."
Snider went off.
The 80 year old said the team has been to multiple Stanley Cup Finals, is a regular in the NHL playoffs, and the Flyers' "culture is winning." Snider was further pressed on the culture issue when asked if the organization needed a fresh perspective. Well, Snider certainly did not mix words with his response.
"We don't need a fresh perspective."
The Flyers culture, whether they think so or not, is perceived to be closely in line with the Broad Street Bullies culture. The team's general manager was a hard-nosed player who would fight anyone. Their new head coach was a player whose job was to fight everyone. No matter what they say that is how it is perceived.
I'll be the first to admit that I love hard-nosed hockey. I love players like Wayne Simmonds who can score but aren't afraid of anyone. However, it is tough to argue that the Flyers' mentality is working when their last Stanley Cup victory was in 1975. 38 years and counting.
Maybe they do need a fresh perspective but, from an organization that is heavily controlled from the top down, they will not get one anytime soon.
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