Flushing the System of Hakstol
It has been a few weeks since flushing the system of our boys head coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers look like they are finally coming out of the coma that they have been plagued with for so long. I’m noticing the seasoned players finding the offensive zone after long droughts and the newcomers breathing a sigh of relief that they are finally not carrying the team anymore.
If you look at th games before and after, you can see the Flyers put up more quality shots versus quick dives into the net as before. Watching the games throughout October to now, the Flyers started with some fire. But they cooled off almost instantly, and sure you could attribute that to injuries or a new season or even new players and goalies. Instead I saw a different explanation, which is coincidentally the same solution that the Flyers have now seen.
So the question now becomes, who should become the new coach? The Interim coach Scott Gordon is already taking control of the team. Moving up from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. A Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award winner and a playing career as a goalie. He is more than qualified to take that spot on the bench. He has already worked with some of the boys on the roster. That includes Carter Hart, who seems to be a shoo-in for the starter position.
The boys seem to be more motivated. They appear to hang their heads less. Take for instance the Predators game last week. They were pushing all game. Despite the countless penalties against them and missed calls in their favor. I would have to say that the huge part of this resurgence has to be the fact that there is a lot of new personnel in the office. Including Chuck Fletcher as new GM, Brent Flahr as Assistant GM, and Rick Wilson as the new assistant coach. Coupled with the young Hart in net. The Flyers feel comfortable leading the charge knowing that they have a guy who wants to prove himself in net in the NHL.
If flushing the system was my decision, I wouldn’t change anything else and stick to what works. I would see it foolish to push any further. With the NHL experience, Scott Gordon has with the Leafs and Islanders. Changing anything now would surely be setting all involved up for failure. I say since we are flushing the system of all reminders of the last few seasons. I would not take it game by game or else they will be looking at the finish line and trip at the starting gate.
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