Robert Hagg didn’t stand out a ton either way from the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers defensemen this season. He was okay in a depth role, even while battling a few injuries.
The Flyers missed the playoffs and closed out their season earlier than expected this year. They finished the season with a win on Monday, May 10th, then held their end-of-season media availability on Tuesday.
Alain Vigneault and Chuck Fletcher both spoke about the big picture and larger issues plaguing this Flyers team. After that, the players took to the podium for their exit interviews.
This week, we’ll be going through those exit interviews (alphabetically) with full transcripts and quotes. We’ll dig into any interesting tidbits at the end.
Robert Hagg Exit Interview
How would you evaluate your season this year?
Some good parts and bad parts. Been up and down. Definitely not happy with it. I mean, it’s been kind of a struggle for myself as well with injuries, but you can’t really blame them. You just have to be better. I think most of the guys in this team feel it’s a disappointing season. And I think everybody has to play better.
You dealt with a lot of injuries this year. Was it hard to get into a consistent mentality when dealing with all that off the ice?
That’s stuff you have to go through as a professional athlete. Injuries and whatever happens. Of course, I would love to be healthy the whole time and be in the lineup for every single game. I’m going to have to play better.
Do you look at the Seattle Expansion draft? Does it weigh on your mind at all?
To be honest, I haven’t really thought about it. It’s out of my control. So whatever happens, happens, I guess. So, let’s take it after the draft and see what happens.
Did you have any other injuries, besides the shoulder injury, this season that you can disclose?
Started the season with pulling both of my groins, so it was kind of hard to skate. That’s what I mean. There’s stuff you can’t control you have to battle through it and do the best of it.
What would you say was the biggest difference in terms of penalty kill this season versus last season?
Yeah, that’s a good question. I wish I had a good answer for you there. But clearly, it didn’t work this year for whatever reasons. Breakdowns happen way too often. That’s something we’re gonna have to reevaluate as a team and as a group. And I think even the coaching staff, for sure, will look at it. I can’t really give you an answer of why it happened like it happened.
Did the tactics and systems on the penalty kill change this year?
I think we tried to have it the same as last year. And I think it’s more like execution and willingness, honestly, to make the job done. I mean, you can put it X’s and O’s and all that, but when it comes down to willingness to block shots, to work harder than the power play. Clearly, we didn’t do that this year.
How good was it to have Oskar back in the locker room this year? How good is it to know that he’s back to full health from what he went through?
It’s awesome after everything that happened last year and he’s coming back for the playoffs and all that. To have him here for a full season and he’s playing, it’s unbelievable. It’s unbelievable to have him back in the in the dressing room and just be around him. It’s been a pleasure.
Robert Hagg played a bit worse than expected this season, which he acknowledged in his opening answer. I can’t really see the Seattle Kraken even thinking about taking him, but crazier things have happened.
Transcript via Philadelphia Flyers
Flyers Exit Interviews