Stevens Leaves Flyers Without an Identity

December 5th, 2009 by Bill Sudell Leave a reply »
The Flyers’ decision to fire John Stevens was certainly not surprising to anyone who has watched this team over the last two seasons. While most believe the roster is stocked with talent, the product on the ice is far from impressive.

For a team that was selected by The Hockey News to win the Stanley Cup this season to be sitting tied for 11th in the Eastern Conference is completely unacceptable. The reasons for the Flyers’ struggles are puzzling, yet plentiful.

First of all, is there any structure? Are the Flyers an up-tempo offensive team? A shut-down defensive squad? A team that excels on special teams? I would have to say no on all three. I have no idea what they are. With an impressive roster that would make even Joe Banner proud, the Flyers are not a team I feel comfortable with whether they have a 3-0 lead or are trailing by a three goals. There is no confidence this group can either hold a lead or rally from a deficit.

The same simple mistakes this team makes are maddening. Once again, they CANNOT win a faceoff. Ever. Outside of the injured Blair Betts, this team is pathetic inside the circle. Jim Dowd, where have you gone? A ...

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