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Berube tells reporter to ‘get lost’ over punishment for Rosehill question

Oct 8, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT


The Philadelphia Flyers won in Craig Berube’s debut as the team’s head coach, but it was a nail-biter victory.

Things got particularly dramatic early in the third period. With his team up 2-1, Jay Rosehill was handed a two-minute penalty for roughing, but he got into another altercation before making his way to the penalty box and ended up with a 10-minute misconduct and double-minor.

The Flyers killed the penalties, but it had the potential to be a devastating turn of events to a team that got off to a 0-3-0 start this season.

As CSN Philly reported, Berube was preaching accountability prior to Tuesday’s contest. So does what Rosehill did came at an inopportune time for more than one reason.

Berube felt Rosehill’s actions following the initial penalty were “unacceptable,” but he took exception to a reporter asking if there would be any specific punishment for Rosehill.

“Do you want me to do spank him?” Berube asked. Once the laughter died down he added, “Get lost.”

You can view his post-game interview below:

  1. mcphillthy - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    You tell em, Chief!!

    • wjr37375 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      “You tell em, Chief” that’s funny . Ole Chief will be the one getting lost later this season. Glad a 2-1 win over the Panthers picked up your spirits. They would do really well in the AHL for sure though. If you can’t tell this guy isn’t head coaching material then your completely fogged.

  2. hosewater2 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Seems like we’re seeing more clips like this…maybe it’s because some of the “media” aren’t actually affiliated with a large outlet and are just bloggers asking dumb questions trying to make a name for themselves?

    • mp1131211 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Seems like a good question and like it was a stupid penalty, which would indicate that the entire team is still not committed to winning. I think the bigger problem here is that flyers can’t keep out of the news. Like anyone outside of Pennsylvania wants to keep hearing about this club.

      • joey4id - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Yep! Old habits die hard. And I don’t think that both Roeshill and Rinaldo should be dressed. No need for two of these typhus of players in the lineup. Certainly not against the Panthers.

      • coopjr - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Yeah! Like anyone who doesn’t care about the Flyers would click on a story about the Flyers and then take anytime at all a comment about that story. People who don’t care about the Flyers just wouldn’t do that, you know; ’cause they don’t care.

      • hockey412 - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        It could also be that more and more teams are hiring hot-headed coaches. In this case, Berube was never more than a goon on the ice, it’s not like he’s going to put on a tie and all of a sudden be a professional.

        I actually didn’t see anything wrong with the comment, but that’s what the press does – they ask the obvious question. Sometimes they try to get under the coach/player’s skin, but not in this case. From Berube’s standpoint, the spanking comment was fine….but just leave it at that. No need to be belligerent.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        if you STILL think that Rinaldo doesn’t belong on the ice… you don’t watch Flyers games, plain and simple. he delivered one of the hardest clean hits I’ve seen in a long while last night and forced a bunch of turnovers in the other end….. which is GREAT from a bottom 6. his hands suck, but this guy plays a big role for the Flyers. if you watch him closely, you’ll see how many times he lays off from a huge hit because it’s especially dangerous. i saw it from several other Flyers too last night.

        If you watched that game last night, there’s no way you can say Flyers were the goon team. They had a score to settle with Kopecky for shoving Timonen’s face into the ice multiple times. they settled it wrong, but it is what it is.

      • mcphillthy - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I have always been and always will be team rinaldo!! He is a necessity to this team and anyone who doesn’t understand his role doesn’t know a damn thing about how a team is built.

      • dku5 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        hockey412…Quennville and Juline started their playing careers as goons. Granted they developed into talented players. I don’t think Rolston, Hartley, Vingneault or Babcock ever played an NHL game, yet the latter two won the Adams award. Disco Dan played for a few years, but he really was not much of a play maker, either.

        I understand that you really want to belive the stereotype, but there is something else to consider: These guys that don’t have raw or natural talent have to have extreme conviction and drive to make the NHL. Their commitment to the game at the expense of getting beaten is very strong. You don’t necessarily need to play the game to coach it, and not all elite players (including the Great One) can coach.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        coopjr, I clicked because of the interesting headline not realizing who the name was. Shame on me for not keeping up to the minute on who this garbage team puts in to man the sinking ship.

    • ryanrockzzz - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      This guy is a new beat reporter for the Philly Inquirer. He’s the same one that asked Snider about the insulated approach in the organization. Shake em up!

  3. jimw81 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    this is same reporter who asked ‘Culture’ question to Snider yesterday.

  4. skipcastaneda - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I don’t think bloggers could get press credentials. Unless he’s a Bleacher Report guy.

  5. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Whats wrong with that question? Looks like he took a page from the torts press handbook.

    • buffhockeynutt - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Was going to mention same thing. Dumb question yes, but do we want Tortorella Jr.?

  6. earpaniac - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    It didn’t seem a bad question at all. Some of the questions they ask sometimes you can tell are just done to antagonize and get a reaction. And I’m not even talking about questions like, “Do you wish your daughter had married a better defensive coordinator?” That type of question you already know whats going to happen. Just needling kind of questions. It seems they do it to make themselves part of the story.

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