Flyers coach Peter Laviolette sharply criticized the two unnamed general mangers who took verbal shots at defenseman Chris Pronger in Sunday’s New York Post.
In a story written by the Post’s Larry Brooks, two GMs said Pronger was “a problem” in the Flyers’ locker room.
“I don’t know where they sit in the standings or if they’re playoff teams or not,” Laviolette said of the general managers. “If they are, then they probably should focus on the playoffs. If they’re not, they should probably look at their own team.”
Laviolette, talking to reporters after Monday's practice in Voorhees, said he “didn’t agree with what was written” and added that he doesn’t believe there are locker-room issues.
"Since I’ve been here, the players seem to be dialed in as a team on the ice,” he said. “I think when you put new players together, it’s something you constantly work at. You don’t get team chemistry overnight.”
Pronger is the Flyers’ candid, outspoken veteran and the leader in the locker room. He isn’t afraid to be critical of the team.
Mike Richards, the Flyers’ young captain, is a quiet sort who shuns the spotlight _ and doesn’t like to criticize.
One theory being floated is that some players follow Pronger’s lead, while others follow Richards’.
When the Flyers play in Toronto Tuesday, they will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since March 7-9.
They are coming off consecutive sharp performances _ a 1-0 loss to Montreal in which Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves and stole the victory, and a 4-3 win over streaking Detroit, which had collected points in 12 straight games (10-0-2).
“The Montreal game is about as clean a game as we can play,” Laviolette said. “…I like the direction we’re going and it needs to be followed up” Tuesday.