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For Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, a philosophical shift | Sam Donnellon

By hiring Alain Vigneault and assistants Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo, Fletcher has shown his belief that “it’s harder to predict the future of unproven coaches.”

Former Flyers Rod Brind’Amour, Justin Williams leading Hurricanes through wild playoff run

An unlikely pair -- a first-year coach and his 37-year-old captain, both former Flyers -- are leading the league's youngest team straight toward the Stanley Cup.

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Chuck Fletcher makes case that new coach Alain Vigneault can quickly return Flyers to playoff contention | Sam Donnellon

The new Flyers coach thinks the team is closer than fans think to making a run at the Stanley Cup.

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In hiring Alain Vigneault, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher chooses the road well traveled | Sam Donnellon

Fletcher's hire of Alain Vigneault is the latest indication that he entered this second go-round as an NHL general manager with a list of dos and don’ts from his nine years as the Wild GM.

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Claude Giroux’s challenge: Getting young Flyers to believe | Sam Donnellon

Through four coaches, the only consistency under Giroux’s captaincy has been this team’s inconsistency.

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Despite successful stretch, Scott Gordon’s future with the Flyers is in limbo

Scott Gordon can be comfortable any place you put him. The question now is where will that place be?

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Jake Voracek’s high expectations for Flyers make him frustrated, but he’s not going anywhere | Sam Donnellon

The outspoken forward fits in well in Philly: "If you don’t play well, they let you hear it," he said of fans. "If you do, they let your hear it, too. I find it way better to be in a city like that instead of one that doesn’t care."

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The Flyers are ending another season with more questions than answers

“It was the worst game that I was part of in 11 years,” Jake Voracek said of Thursday’s loss to the Blues. Given the disappointments and inconsistencies surrounding this team over his last seven seasons here, that’s saying something.

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Observations from the Flyers’ loss to the blues, and some advice for Chuck Fletcher | Sam Donnellon

The Flyers might have done Chuck Fletcher a favor with this epic fade down the stretch. The fools’ gold impression made with the arrival of Carter Hart and Gordon was washed away over these last few weeks.

Flyers observations: Team desperately needs an era of its own

This team has not had an era since Eric Lindros left. The Sixers have, the Phillies have, and the Eagles most certainly have.