Sunday, February 14, 2016

Snider on struggling Flyers: 'Never seen anything like this'

Ed Snider said "I wish I knew," when asked about what needs to be done to get his 4-10-1 team going in the right direction.

Snider on struggling Flyers: 'Never seen anything like this'


Ed Snider is baffled.

The chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, said “I wish I knew,” when asked about what needs to be done to get his 4-10-1 team going in the right direction.

"I’ve been in the game for 47 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said after the team practiced Friday in Voorhees. “We certainly know that we’re more talented than we’re showing on the ice. I think the question is, ‘How talented are we?’ ”

When GM Paul Holmgren dismissed coach Peter Laviolette last month, “I said we can’t fire all the players and we’ll see what we have,” Snider said. “I’m hoping they’ll snap out of it and show us the kind of talent they’ve shown in the past and that we believe they still have.”

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The Flyers, who host Edmonton on Saturday afternoon, have scored two goals or fewer in 14 of their 15 games. They are averaging a league-low 1.47 goals per game.

As for the fans' recently chanting "Fire Holmgren!" Snider said it was part of being a GM. "Paul understands it.... Next they'll be calling for my head," he said.

Giroux's response. Captain Claude Giroux said he left the arena without talking to the media Thursday because he was frustrated with the 3-0 loss to New Jersey and with his play. He said he understood the fans' reaction during the game.

"If I was a fan, I'd be booing myself, too."

Giroux, goal-less on the season, said the Flyers need to loosen up and start having fun on the ice.

Breakout vs. Oilers? The Flyers have the league's worst offense (1.47 goals per game), while Saturday's opponent, Edmonton, is allowing an NHL-high 3.82 goals per game.

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