The Philadelphia Flyers have a culture of not pulling punches, and team chairman Ed Snider let Philly have it in the press today. He spoke to Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com at length about the struggles for the Flyers, and he didn’t let up one bit in his analysis of the team.
Here are a few highlights of what Snider had to say to Baicker:
I’ve been in the game for 47 years. I’ve never seen anything like this. We’ve had teams that have struggled. Sometimes we have bad goaltending, but we’re scoring four goals a game and giving up five. But I’ve never seen a team that can’t score, particularly with the talent that we have.
Snider went on to call the team’s efforts out on the ice “pathetic” and addressed the fact that the fans were booing the Flyers on home ice.
He’s just voicing the same things that pundits have been saying since the first couple games of the season, however. Philadelphia’s efforts cost Peter Laviolette his job by the third game of the season, but the insertion of Craig Berube behind the bench hasn’t changed a thing.
This is still a very skilled team that hasn’t found ways to score. The players seem to be buckling under the weight of themselves and nothing seems to be working. They’ve tried to hold team-only meetings. They’ve tried to shake up the roster with demotions and promotions and line changes. Nothing has clicked.
To make matters worse, team captain Claude Giroux bailed on talking to the press after the squad held a lengthy team meeting following a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night.
Flyers say Giroux left. Wont talk tonite
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) November 8, 2013
The guy wearing the C bails and leaves the rest of the crew to answer for his short comings? Every time you think things can’t get any worse in Philadelphia, they find a way to keep digging.