The more I'm thinking about this the more I'm coming to the conclusion it's not simply the coach but the result of the coach trying to compensate for the goaltending -- which is ultimately on Hextall.
The centers ARE a mess. And so is Ghost. Why? Because the centers are not staying low in the offensive zone and--Patrick and Coots in particular--not mucking it up in the slot to cheat back to hedge against being caught.
Ghost is doing less going low or pinching much for t
So the senior management part isn't going to happen, but it needs to.
Get a priest or two and do an exorcism and rid the Flyers of the influence of Clarke and Holmgren. Then use about 600 cans of lysol to get rid of the stench.
Those two combined drove this organization right into the 9th circle of Hell. And then they're rewarded by moving UP in the organization and stand over Hextall, who therefore cannot acknowledge the mess and gut the team as needed.
Can a new coach really change the sum of the parts without actually changing some of the parts? As I mentioned before - I'd put Voracek at the top of my trade list.
A new management system doesn't make our goaltending any better. I also don't think there is a coach out there that can actually change the mentality of some of the Flyers players as some of them just play weak most of the time. They slap off the puck quickly for fear of being hit. The players play a peripheral game