Archive for Peter Laviolette

CBC: The Flyers Want NO PART of a “Runner-Up” Label

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on March 11, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…Aside from the recent slide, the argument can be made that no team matches up to the Flyers in the entire league, save possibly the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings.  I’m tired of the “Runner-Up” label too; I, like many Flyers fans, have never seen a Cup won by the Orange and Black in my lifetime, and I’d love for that to end this season.  Still, so much has to happen between now and (hopefully) when the Flyers are playing in June.

There are still 15 games left in this regular season, and the Flyers have yet to truly distance themselves from the pack.  Will they?  Well, taking care of business against the next few teams that are out of the playoff picture will certainly help.

Laviolette Takes the Blame for the Slide

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 8, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…Maybe, MAYBE, Laviolette worked them too hard with the Flu going around and all.  Still, the play of his players on the ice is not entirely his fault.  It’s admirable to take the fall as the bench boss, but this team’s issue do not lie with Laviolette.  The players have gotten away from Lavy’s system, and that, in turn, is a big reason why they are losing games.  They need to get back to the basics – something that requires the attention of the players themselves, and not just the coaches.  And they need to start getting it together tonight against Edmonton.

Using Monday to Rest

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 7, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…I agree with this.  Obviously, the team isn’t fully healthy and the flu-bug has been going around, but that’s still not really an excuse.  As Boucher points out in this article, the Rangers have had far worse adversity this year and they were the team that won 7-0 yesterday.

You take a day off today.  You rest, you relax, you take your mind off hockey.  Tomorrow, you come back to the rink ready to work and take care of business against the Edmonton Oilers.  Sure, the Flyers’ next 5 games are against non-playoff teams, but has that really mattered recently?  No.  It’s about getting back to the basics, something Lavy and the coaching staff have taken a giant step towards by way of declaring today an off-day for the club.

Tweet: The Flyers Beat Security to the Practice Facility

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 4, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…I don’t know how I feel about this.  I was talking to my dad about this last night, and we both agreed that a day away from the rink may have been the best scenario today.  Obviously, the flu is going around, and it’s already grabbed two of the best players on the team in Richards and Carter, but it’s hard to imagine there being any chance Lavy would give his guys a break after another disappointing effort.  The fact that he had them in probably before the sun came up this morning, now that’s something different entirely.  I like that.

Issues w/ Laviolette’s Power Play Approach?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 1, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


When the powerplay is struggling, that’s obviously going to frustrate everyone.  The two units that Whyno says are the finalized groups in this piece sound good to me.  I would personally like to see Versteeg play a little more on the man advantage, but if I know Lavy is all about making his players earn their stripes and Steeger still has yet to do that.

Regardless, they need to get it together on the PP, because it could prove to be their undoing come playoff-time if they continue to suffer with the man advantage.

JJ: Is Laviolette Jack Adams Worthy?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 22, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…I understand JJ’s argument, and there’s no reason why Lavy shouldn’t at least be considered amongst the finalists for the NHL’s Coach of the Year Award.  Still, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I don’t like the Rangers one bit, but the fact that they are in the playoffs right now despite all their injuries and the – at times – laughable roster they’ve put on the ice is astounding, and their playoff outlook is solely because they are playing John Tortorella’s system.

So, as of now, I’d say Torts is your Jack Adams winner – barring the Rangers collapse and don’t make the playoffs – with Laviolette, Dan Bylsma, Guy Boucher, Barry Trotz, and Alain Vigneault rounding out the top five.  HOWEVER, if the New Jersey Devils somehow sneak into the postseason, Jacques Lemaire wins the award, and wins it EASILY.

Quote: The Hottest Team in the League Comes to Philly Tonight

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Previews with tags , , on February 22, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Behind the New Jersey Devils, they’re probably the hottest team in the league.  So I think you have to respect the fact they’re going to come in here and play a good hockey game. We have to make sure we’re ready to do our work.

– Peter Laviolette, to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer

…Scottie Upshall returns with the ‘Yotes, who are showing that despite playing in a crappy hockey market, they are a legitimate NHL club.  Tonight also marks the home debut of Kris Versteeg.  Sean O’Donnell also begins his stay on the shelf with a sprained knee, as Latvian-born Oskars Bartulis will be in the line-up tonight.