NHL Daily: Flyers’ Changes Keep Coming; L.A. Kings Are Rolling
The Philadelphia Flyers are going through a metamorphosis.
Hey, when you have won only one playoff series in 11 years, and when you will miss the playoffs for the third straight season, well, change is good.
The Flyers made a change at the top on Monday. Dave Scott, a classy man who is chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast Spectacor, announced he will retire after the season. Dan Hilferty will be his successor.
If you are scoring at home, in less than a year, the Philadelphia Flyers will have a new chairman, a new general manager, a new coach, and several new assistants.
This summer, they also figure to have several new players as the Great Rebuild picks up steam.
“Our No. 1 goal for the Flyers will be to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup,” Hilferty said.
It was refreshing that he said his goal was to compete for the Cup — and not just get into the playoffs. In recent years, too many Flyers front-office execs have lowered the standards of this once-proud franchise. Making the playoffs was their weak goal.
Hilferty is setting the bar high, which is good. He is also a realist, and that’s good, too.
“It’s going to take time to get on that path,” he said, “but I’m confident we are headed in the right direction with Danny Briere as our interim general manager, coach (John) Tortorella, and our hiring of a president of hockey operations soon.”
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