Sources in Philadelphia say that coach John Stevens’ job could be in jeopardy if the Flyers don’t improve soon. With tonight’s Philly loss to the Vancouver Canucks, it doesn’t look like things have turned around.
The Flyers were heavily hyped going into this season, picked by many analysts to challenge for the Stanley Cup. They have a solid roster and look terrific on paper, especially after acquiring Chris Pronger, but success hasn’t come easy (if at all) in the City of Brotherly Love. And it looks like Stevens will be to blame.
Stevens is already on the hot seat for his team’s performance, but being shut out by the Canucks isn’t going to help cool things off.
There has already been talk of a replacement for Stevens in Philly, with some interesting names being bandied about by the locals. Craig Berube, former Flyers assistance coach, has been given some consideration along with Peter Laviolette and Craig MacTavish.
Of course, the team claims to be behind Stevens. “We’re 100% behind him,” Flyers centre Jeff Carter told the South Jersey Courier-Post. “All he can do is give us a game plan and it’s up to us to go and play. You can’t push the panic button. The game plan works. We just have to go out and do it.”
The Flyers boasted an impressive record in October, going 8-2-1 only to fall to a dismal record in November. With December on tap, Stevens will have to hope that past history speaks volumes. The Flyers have twice endured 10-game losing skids during his tenure and he’s managed to hold his post thus far.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.