In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Carchidi has an article discussing Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette’s end of season media session held yesterday and the fact that the Flyers coach is incredibly excited about the prospects of 2010-2011. Laviolette feels that a full season of control over the Flyers’ on-ice product will make the team better than they were this year. He also said that he wants the team to be in a better situation this year than they were last year – having to even qualify for the playoffs just by winning a shootout.
He compared the Flyers’ path to the Cup Final to that of the victors, the Chicago Blackhawks:
“Chicago had a good year; they finished in the top of their conference, they won a lot of hockey games, they gained success from that and then they entered the playoffs that way,” he said. “That’s more of the run you’d like to have as opposed to the way we had to come in.”
…As you all know, I despised John Stevens as the Flyers head coach from the day he took over for Ken Hitchcock. Peter Laviolette became exactly what this team needed when he took the reigns for Stevens early in this season. He got them believing, and got them to play a faster, more uptempo pace of hockey. A full season of his conditioning and his style of play will do the Flyers well, and may help them achieve the ultimate goal.
Check out Carchidi’s full article here: LAVIOLETTE: LET’S MAKE PATH EASIER