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New Flyers assistant Murphy doesn’t see many weaknesses with team

Jun 19, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

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New Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Gord Murphy has seen his fair share of action as a player and an assistant and he likes what he’s getting into with his latest venture.

Murphy spoke with the press after the team announced they’d brought him on to help Craig Berube behind the bench and had glowing things to say about the Flyers lineup as Tim Panaccio of shared.

“They play a fast, strong brand of hockey,” Murphy said. “They’re very competitive. I don’t personally see many weaknesses in the club. They were as good as any team the last three or four months of the season. The run they went on just show the depth and the ability of that team.”

The Flyers could score with anyone last season, but one area that could’ve used some work was on defense. Fortunately for Philly, that’s just what Murphy is there to help out with.

Now it’ll be up to Murphy to help make sure the lapses on the back end don’t take away from the job Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell and others are doing. Steve Mason won’t say “no” to a little extra help defensively either.

  1. courtjester1234 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Average goalie and D at best. No natural scorers beside Giroux and Simmonds possibly. No the Flyers have some issues that need to be addressed. Mason can build on this last season, but the D is the same as last year. I know as a fan I’d like to see a couple new faces if not just because we know what this core is

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Average goalie? It’s remarkable what Mason was able to accomplish with that blueline “protecting” him. Did you even watch the playoffs? He almost stole a series the Flyers had no business being in. He’s got impressive athleticism, a 6’4″ frame, and is clearly enjoying the sport again. Plus he’s just 26, the age most netminders start to come into their own.

      33-18-7, 2.50GAA, .917sv%, 4 SO’s looks all the more impressive when you consider how slow his defense was/is and how many times this team was on the PK. If Mason is healthy the entire 7-game series or you replace the entire top-6 with any other playoff participant, it’s very possible that NYs magical run never happens . He was that good. If Hextall somehow re-configures the backend then this team has the offensive depth and goalie to compete. Of course that’s a huge “if”.

      • goodolejr - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        He was 10th in the league in shots against and was like 7th or 8th in save % out of those top 10. I can only imagine the numbers he would have put up with a legit defense. I’m really looking forward to what they do to improve the defense going forward. We may have to suffer through the same defensive corps for another year but hopefully they can at least make a few tweaks.

    • upper90cheese - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Flyers had 7 20+ goal scorers. Please stop making silly comments.

    • mcphillthy - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Wtf is wrong with you? Mason was the gem of the entire season. Give him some real D and he will do great things. Do you even watchthe games or ddo you just enjoy typing out of your rear end?

  2. petersteelewannabe - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    “I don’t personally see many weaknesses in the club” Apparently ol’ Gordo didn’t watch the defensive end of too many Flyer games last year. The D, while not horrible, had way too many stretches of bad play. Minimize that and they will be 10 strides closer to competing for the Cup.

  3. phtjoey - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Grounds for dismal right there….

  4. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    And once again ANOTHER former Flyer brought back….This franchise just does not lear.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Yes, because somehow being a former Flyer should exclude you from getting a job within the organization.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Go ahead…keep drinking the kool aide they have been serving for 40 years

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        You do realize that Ron Hextall won a cup as an assistant GM, and teams were tripping over themselves to hire him as GM. Murphy has been coaching for over 12 years at the NHL level.

    • lilgurgi - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      With that logic you would rarely be able to hire anyone out there. There is a huge amount of turn over in the league. There are probably few teams that do not have a player or coach who in some way is connected to the Flyers.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:09 AM

      You do realize Ruben Amaro won a cup as an assistant GM in 2008 don’t you?

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:09 AM

        world series

  5. mcphillthy - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    No weaknesses, huh? Ok. He’s fired

  6. flyboystransport - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    If anyone that actually plays hockey watched the flyers last season you’d notice the biggest breakdown defensively was the forwards not back checking. …..not the d corps. Hopefully a training camp under berube fixes that

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