Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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John Stevens, Ironman

The Flyers' coach is a veteran, somehow.

John Stevens, Ironman

Well, the Rangers gassed Tom Renney on Tuesday; so reports the New York Daily News. All of which means that Flyers coach John Stevens moves up another rung.

Stevens is in his second full season as the Flyers' coach.

He now has the third-longest tenure in the NHL's Eastern Conference.

It seems impossible. But if there has ever been a sign of the impatience of our current world, in the NHL and NBA especially, it is that simple fact. In the NHL overall, Stevens is 11th in tenure at his current team. But in the East, so balanced, so competitive, so perpetually insecure, he is third. He got the job on October 22, 2006, and he is damn near a lifer by Eastern Conference standards.

The short list:

Lindy Ruff, Buffalo, 884 games.

Guy Carbonneau, Montreal,  224 games.

John Stevens,  Philadelphia, 213 games.

We all know why owners in all sports have ADD anymore, but especially in the NBA and NHL: because playoff gates can make the difference between profit and loss, or between getting by and being comfortable. Follow the money and then follow the coaches to the unemployment line.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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