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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 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. Aug 18 - 10:45 AM
Source: NJ.com

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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

Although Paul Holmgren is still Ron Hextall's boss, all hockey decisions will fall under Hextall's jurisdiction now that he's the general manager.

Holmgren will be focused more on the business side of things now that he's the team president. That's unfamiliar territory for Holmgren, but he's looking forward to the fresh challenge. At the same time, Holmgren expressed some regret that his eight years as general manager didn't result in a Stanley Cup championship. "At the end of the day that is all it's about," Holmgren said.
May 8 - 9:29 AM

Look for the Philadelphia Flyers to err on the side of caution when it comes to developing their young talent.

"Tell me one young player who was hurt with time in the AHL," new GM Ron Hextall said. "I can tell you hundreds and hundreds that were hurt too soon in NHL." Hextall also indicated that the Flyers are going to put more weight in advanced statistics going forward.
May 7 - 12:25 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have made it official: Ron Hextall is the team's new general manager.

Former GM Paul Holmgren will take over as the team's president. Holmgren is taking over Peter Luukko's old job, who left in December and will report to Flyers owner Ed Snider while Hextall will answer to Holmgren. When Hextall was brought in as the team's assistant general manager, it was clear that Holmgren was hiring a potential successor, but things moved quicker than many anticipated.
May 7 - 11:22 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly getting ready to announce that Ron Hextall will take over as the team's general manager.

Flyers owner Ed Snider made it clear that Hextall would eventually become the team's GM, but he initially made it sound like the transition wouldn't be a fast one. Current GM Paul Holmgren will be promoted to team president, which is a position that was vacated by Peter Luukko in December. Holmgren has been very bold as Philadelphia's general manager and sometimes that's led to painful results. The most glaring of which was signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract, only to buy him out after two seasons.
May 7 - 10:24 AM

Paul Holmgren will remain the Philadelphia Flyers' general manager for now.

Flyers president Ed Snider said that assistant GM Ron Hextall will eventually take Holmgren's job, but that process won't happen overnight. Philadelphia is close to the projected salary cap when you factor in that they still need to re-sign restricted free agents Brayden Schenn, so they might have a relatively quiet summer. That being said, the Flyers have made some bold moves in the past, even when they were close to the cap ceiling, so it certainly wouldn't be shocking if they end up doing something noteworthy.
May 2 - 5:55 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Claude Giroux
2Sean Couturier
3Brayden Schenn
4Vincent Lecavalier
5Ryan White
6Scott Laughton
LW1R.J. Umberger
2Matt Read
3Zac Rinaldo
4Jay Rosehill
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Michael Raffl
4Jason Akeson
5Zack Stortini
D1Mark Streit
2Kimmo Timonen
3Braydon Coburn
4Andrew MacDonald
5Michael Del Zotto
6Nicklas Grossmann
7Luke Schenn
8Nick Schultz
9Chris Pronger
G1Steve Mason
2Ray Emery