Monday was Part 2 of the Flyers exit interviews where players, coaches and management give their thoughts on the 2018-19 season, a look ahead to summer, training camp and what is needed for a successful 2019-20 campaign.
Right off the bat was Executive Vice President & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher who wasted no time addressing the coaching situation. Below are the best quotes to come out the session of both he and interim head coach Scott Gordon:
FLETCHER: "It's a big decision for the Flyers. I'm going to take the time to get it right. Having said that, I want to take the chance to recognize the job that Scott did. You look at the job he did with our young players. You look at the job he did with our veteran players...
I need to spend some time with Scott and kind of get his vision going forward... Having said that, I owe it to the process, to myself, and to the organization to reach out to speak with a couple people as well and make sure we're getting the right candidate at the right time."
The focus quickly shifted to the roster, and what that will look like. The question was posed that the Flyers will be an aggressive team this offseason. Fletcher addressed the possibility of what's to come:
FLETCHER: "You want to improve your talent level. We will actively look to do so. To me, that's why the coaching situation is important. It's about making sure going into camp next year, we have to change some details, change our mindset, and have a good start. A lot of reasons we fall behind in games is because we give up easy goals. It's not about effort. It's about thinking, about working smart and playing better.
Reflecting back, Gordon weighed in on what he saw was a big issue that he would correct, should he return to the team in training camp.
GORDON: "I've always felt this way, in particular this year, the amount of time you spend in your defensive zone, how good you are defensively, there's a correlation of how good you are offensively. Not from a scoring goals standpoint, not necessarily a shot standpoint, it's a willingness to work in the offensive zone under desperation like you would work in the defensive zone under desperation to keep the puck out of your net."
To get better in those areas stated above, it will be not just a team-wide examination, but everything from coaches, players and prospects. That process will start next week.
FLETCHER: "Next Monday to Wednesday we will have organizational meetings. That's sort of our preliminary stab at the the summer. We'll talk big picture from 30,000 feet, what do we need at a high level, where do we think our weaknesses are, where do we need to improve, and backup goaltending. We'll talk about Lehigh Valley and players we want to bring back."
Getting back to the coaching aspect, among the x's and o's, the demands of a tough schedule and not much time to implement new systems, the one thing that stuck out was the players response to Gordon's style.
GORDON: "Through the player meetings, I talked to the players and asked them what did you like that we did that we changed, meetings, practices, systems, video length, stuff like that. It was refreshing to hear the players say they had appreciation, particularly the younger guys, to sit down and go through their shifts or go through things, tendencies they had in their game that were either good, bad or indifferent, and it's nice to hear that."
In turn, he very much appreciated them...