After firing John Stevens and hiring Peter Laviolette the thought was things were going to get better for the Fly guys. Of course, no one expected change to come over night, then again no one thought it would take this long.
The Flyers continue to struggle under Laviolette, and things don't appear to be getting better anytime soon. With the upcoming “Holliday Trade Freeze” quickly approaching the Flyers are likely to make a move soon.
The struggles of the Flyers start at the top, with Captain Mike Richards. Whose doesn't seem to have control of this team or the locker room. Jeff Carter flat out isn't producing, and young phenoms Claude Giroux and James Van Riemsdyk have hit a wall recently. And Braydon Coburn is doing his best Randy Jones impression lately.
Brian Boucher hasn't played badly but the defense infront of him has been simply terrible.
The team is clearly struggling to learn Laviolette's new system. His hard nosed approach doesn't seem to be working either, as the team continues to take what Laviolette describes as “bad penalties” on a nightly basis.
If this trend continues, and I believe it will, a change will have to be made. The first change was firing John Stevens, next some players must be held accountable. Clearly, losing hasn't been enough of motivator for this team, perhaps losing a popular teammate will.
Now no players have been linked to trade rumors which only leads to the suspicions that no one is 'untouchable.” And that's the way it should be, no players on this team have played well enough to expect any sort of job security. Worse than bad play is the apathy that seems to be taking hold of this team.
The changes to this team have to be swift and shocking. It's what is needed to breathe life back into this proud franchise. Whether it be striping Mike Richards of his captaincy or trading away a player like Jeff Carter, a change is certainly coming.
About the Author
Written by Mike Santa Barbara
Sports writer covering mostly Philadelphia sports for over 10 years. Work has been featured on RealGM.com, GCobb.com and Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia (CSNPhilly.com.)