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Craig Berube | Center

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (48) / 12/17/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
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Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube isn't hitting the panic button after the team's 0-2-2 start.
Philadelphia looked fine against Anaheim on Tuesday before ultimately losing in a shootout. "We played a solid game," Berube said. "We made a couple of mistakes, and they capitalized. The third goal is a mistake that can't be made. But other than that, the guys played hard and did a lot of good stuff. In the end we don't win, obviously it wasn't good enough and we know that. But there were a lot of good things to build off of. We're going to go practice and get better." Unfortunately for Philadelphia, its schedule doesn't get any easier as its set to play in a three-game road trip against Dallas, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. Oct 15 - 6:08 AM

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Even though the Flyers are off to an 0-2 start this season, do not compare last year's team to this one.

The Flyers got off to a horrible 1-7 start in 2013-14 but according to Wayne Simmonds, it's two completely different teams. "Last year, we were being outclassed and weren't even in games," Simmonds said. "This year, we’re in the games and it comes down to simple thing ... A little play here or little play there makes the difference at the end of the day.[Against New Jersey] we did a good job after a while starting to control the puck and make plays down low and we weren't gripping our sticks as tight. It’s the little things that make the difference." Stay tuned as the Flyers play their third game of the season at home to Montreal Saturday.
Oct 11 - 8:24 AM

This is the third straight season that the Philadelphia Flyers have started 0-2.

The Flyers actually went 1-7-0 to start the 2013-14 campaign and still made the playoffs, which is just another way of saying that it's far too early to worry. For better or worse, Philadelphia won't get much time to reflect on its poor start before playing again on Saturday against Montreal. The Flyers will play Anaheim on Tuesday to complete their stint of four games in six nights before they finally get some days off in a row.
Oct 10 - 11:04 AM

Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube wasn't happy with his team after their 3-1 preseason loss to New Jersey.

The Devils out shot Philadelphia 41-16. "If you are not ready to compete and skate in a regular season game or exhibition game, you will get embarrassed like tonight," Berube said. He added that he was disappointed in his veteran players and found their performance "unacceptable," regardless of the fact that it was an exhibition game. Keep in mind that a poor training camp led to Philadelphia starting the 2013-14 campaign on the wrong foot and quickly got Berube's predecessor, Peter Laviolette, fired, so Berube has every reason to take the preseason seriously.
Sep 29 - 10:49 AM

In a refreshing comment of self-awareness, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider admitted that he's been impatient when it comes to team-building.

He reportedly praised new GM Ron Hextall's more patient approach. While Hextall is strapped with a clogged salary cap, he might benefit the organization with what he's learned from being in the Los Angeles Kings' front office.
Sep 13 - 12:44 PM

Philadelphia coach Craig Berube thinks his team will be better in shootouts next season.

"I don't like them, but I think it's a mental thing more than anything," he said. "I think we will be better this year at them." The Flyers posted a 3-8 record in shootouts last season, which was the third-worst mark in the league. When he was asked what the team could do to improve he said: "You can do a lot of things, but it's like anything else - work on it. Just work on it. Work on it, but work on it with a purpose. Don't just go cruise in there and put the puck between your legs and flip it over the goalie because you've not going to do that in a game." The New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs last season because they went 0-13 in shootouts, so improvement should be a point of emphasis for all teams that struggled to pick up those crucial points in the standings.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 18 - 10:45 AM

Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall doesn't want to rush one of the team's prospects on defense as a possible replacement for Kimmo Timonen.

"I don't want to put a kid in a situation who is not ready for it," he said. "The way to protect yourself is to add a veteran if possible." The Flyers signed Michael Del Zotto shortly after announcing that Timonen had been diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and both lungs. Philadelphia has Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg waiting in the pipeline.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 6 - 6:10 PM

There's a good chance the Philadelphia Flyers will be relatively quiet on July 1.

The Flyers don't have the cap space to make a splash, so the only realistic thing they can do is make a trade. They have been shopping Vinny Lecavalier, so that's certainly not outside of the realm of possibilities, but we wouldn't be surprised if that process drags out beyond July 1.
Jul 1 - 11:00 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers will have a tough first half of the season as 23 of their first 39 games are on the road.

The Flyers hope they are not behind the eight ball as the season enters the second half of the season, but if they are contending, then having 25 of the last 43 games at home will be a boon.
Jun 23 - 7:34 AM

Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall wants to improve the Flyers through the draft.

The Flyers currently have only three players on the team that they drafted in Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Zac Rinaldo, while Hextall's former team, the Los Angeles Kings, have 11 picks in their lineup and they have won two of the last three Stanley Cups. Steve Downie was also a Flyers draft pick but he has spent most of his NHL career elsewhere as the Flyers reacquired him last autumn from the Avs. The Flyers pick 17th and Hextall said that he will take the best player available.
Jun 22 - 8:20 AM

Gord Murphy has been hired as an assistant coach by the Philadelphia Flyers.

He and Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube were teammates for parts of three seasons from 1988-91. Murphy has been an assistant coach in the NHL since 2002 and he'll work with the Flyers' defense corps after John Paddock was relieved his position with the team.
Jun 19 - 10:14 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers and ECHL Reading Royals have inked a two-year affiliation agreement.

Along with the AHL Phantoms, all of the Flyers' teams will play in Pennsylvania next season. The Royals have made the playoffs for five straight seasons and won the Kelly Cup in 2013.
Jun 4 - 2:56 PM

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Flyers coach Craig Berube wants more consistency from his players next season.

"We need to be mentally stronger," he said. "We need to play a more aggressive game. We got faster this year, but we've got to get faster. ... We have to change people. Because they've done it a certain way for a long while. You've got to change 'em, you've got to get on 'em more. But they've got to want to make it happen." Berube wants his players to be quick and in "exceptional" shape at the start of training camp.
May 29 - 11:49 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since the 1974-75 season despite having the best winning percentage in the regular season since then.

The Flyers came out on top with a .572 winning percentage in the last 39 years, just ahead of Montreal (.568) and Boston (.565). An interesting stat as it proves that regular season performance may have less to do with playoff performance in the NHL than any other sport.
May 19 - 9:37 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have done a poor job of drafting and developing defensemen and changing that will be one of new GM Ron Hextall's priorities.

"We got Kjell Samuelsson on our development team now and he's worked with some of the young defensemen this year," Hextall said. "We saw Morin and Gostisbehere a lot. Went to Sweden for Robert Hagg. It's a huge priority. The one thing that hasn't changed in my mind is build through the middle. Your goaltender, your defense, your centermen. You have to be strong there or you can't win. ... You can't win in the playoffs without defense and goaltending." The Flyers have relied on trades and the free agent market to build its defense and that can be both costly and messy. As far as the blueliners in the Flyers' system goes, Samuel Morin in particular is worth keeping an eye on. He had 31 points and 121 penalty minutes in 54 QMJHL games in 2013-14 after being taken with the 11th overall pick in 2013.
May 9 - 10:41 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Claude Giroux
2Vincent Lecavalier
3Brayden Schenn
4Sean Couturier
5Blair Jones
6Chris VandeVelde
LW1R.J. Umberger
2Matt Read
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4Zac Rinaldo
5Jay Rosehill
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Michael Raffl
4Jason Akeson
D1Mark Streit
2Braydon Coburn
3Andrew MacDonald
4Nicklas Grossmann
5Michael Del Zotto
6Luke Schenn
7Nick Schultz
8Shayne Gostisbehere
9Kimmo Timonen
10Chris Pronger
G1Steve Mason
2Ray Emery