Nov 24

Puck Daddy: Five reasons the Philadelphia Flyers went from disaster to contender

Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

It was just three games, but it might as well have been 30 with the way the Philadelphia Flyers had performed.

The start of the 2013-14 NHL season was a large enough sample for management to feel comfortable firing coach Peter Laviolette, who had also supervised “one of the worst training camps I’ve ever seen” according to owner Ed Snider, which isn’t usually an assessment that portends prolonged employment.

Enter longtime assistant coach, and head coach-in-waiting, Craig Berube who … well, seemed to fan the flames of suck for the next several games. Their first win of the season against the Florida Panthers preceded four straight losses.

The Flyers were 1-7-0. They were done, right?