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Flyers ‘will always do something crazy,’ says Canucks’ Alberts

Oct 15, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

Ed Snider AP

Vancouver defenseman Andrew Alberts know about playing in Philadelphia, having appeared in 79 games for the Flyers during the 2008-09 season.

That one campaign was enough, apparently, to get a feel for the madness.

“They will always do something crazy and make something happen — that’s just the way the owner and the GM are,” Alberts told The Province in advance of Tuesday’s Flyers-Canucks game at Wells Fargo. “They’re passionate and the owner (Ed Snider) is in the locker-room after every game and he just wants to win.

“And the fans are great. They’ll be hard on everybody. They always are.”

The Flyers will be desperate for a win and some offense tonight. Philly has just one win this season — a narrow 2-1 defeat over the lowly Panthers — and has scored eight goals in six games, three of which have come from the Schenn brothers, Brayden and Luke.

Forwards yet to find the back of the net include Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmons, Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Scott Hartnell, the latter currently out with an injury.

Head coach Craig Berube, 1-2 in his first three games behind the bench, says some of the offensive woes could be alleviated by improving the power play.

“The power play needs to score,” Berube told CSN Philly. “I hate saying that, but they’ve got to create momentum for the team. By having some pressure, getting some shots through, getting some traffic and second and third opportunities around the net.”

  1. mclovinhockey - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Yup most moves the flyers make do remind me of an evil genius.

    In no way can anyone with a clear knowledge of the game blame Homer. On paper this team should be one of the best out there. They just lack motivation and heart.

    Every since that game in Montreal where the refs were horrible (both teams to deal with them, about half the icings, penalties and even a goal or two were completely botched, the Habs probs would have still own by 3 even if the refs didn’t suck, but you could see they lost all their will in that game) they never got back on their feet.

    If I was coaching this team G would have been stripped of the C, he has not played well since getting it, it’s putting way too much pressure on him.

    The team needs to get back to basics and really just try to have fun. I can see the game vs the pens sparking this team win or lose and helping them get some of an edge back.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Uhh one of the best out there? Have you seen their D and goal tending….?

      • kellyb9 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        I don’t think you can hang it on the goal tending this year. The fact that they havent been able to muster any offense whatsoever is killing them right now. Like the OP, I was of the same opinion – on paper, this team should be good. At some point, you have to admit that they just aren’t. I don’t think it’s lack of talent thats killing them… it’s lack of leadership and direction.

      • flyinhighwithvick - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        It’s not the goaltending….for once. Mason has been good.

    • hockey412 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      As much as I hate to admit it, I agree…what they need is a game with the Pens. I’ll bet once they get the ball rolling (or their balls rolling in the same direction) they’ll stage a comeback this year.

      And maybe, just maybe for Snider to back out of the dressing room. If he’s really in there after every game, was the team ever Laviolette’s…or Giroux’s, or will it ever be Berube’s….back off, Jerry Jones.

      • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Coburn and Grossman are likely to catch a draft when the Pens players start skating circles around them. They are so slow that they make turtles look fast.

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      ” They just lack motivation and heart”. How part of this problem is not on Homer? Way too much pressure in Giroux? So, what you’re saying is this guy is not the real deal like… say Crosby. Is that right? Maybe Giroux is over paid with his $5 mil per/year this year and double that next year. Grossman and Coburn are BAD! How is this not on Homer? where are Richards and Carter? How is this not on Homer?

      • hockey412 - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        I think the point is that it is the same team, with pieces that are actually better for the most part, as the playoff team from two years ago.

  2. mclovinhockey - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Grossmann has been pretty solid Coburn needs to be a 2nd line D.
    Richards and carter are in LA, the Flyers are enjoying the package of voracek, Simmonds, coots, schenn, grossmann (we used a pick we got in that deal to trade for him), for that deal.

    Mason is looking better than he did his rookie year and emery is playing decent, our D is not the problem as well.

    The coaches job is to motivate the players, not the GMs job. That’s like blaming Mason for G not scoring.

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      The GMs job is to make sure his coach has the right ingredients to win hockey games. What have the Kings done since they acquired Carter and Richards? Two strong character players who play very well when the chips are a down. Flyers still don’t have a proven goalie, and are weak on defense. BTW, coaches job is to make sure the players by into the system, and execute day in and day out. We’re not talking about pee wee players here that need motivation from their coach. These guys are paid thousands and millions of dollars. Isn’t that motivation enough?

  3. amadeushack - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    The article should read……

    Flyers ‘will always do something STUPID,’ says Canucks’ Alberts

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