Ranking the 5 Worst Coaches in Philadelphia Flyers History

Dan Fremuth@@hometownphanContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2014

Ranking the 5 Worst Coaches in Philadelphia Flyers History

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    The Philadelphia Flyers have won just over 1,800 games since the team's inception back in 1967.

    During the franchise's 46-year history, the Orange and Black have enjoyed not only some incredibly successful players, but some incredibly successful coaches as well.

    Sadly, however, not all have been a triumph.

    Here's a look at the five worst coaches in Flyers history.

5. Keith Allen, 1967-1969

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    The first head coach in Flyers history, Keith Allen, was at the helm for the franchise's inaugural two seasons but failed to produce a winning record in either one.

    An expansion squad during the 1967-68 campaign, Philadelphia held its own, managing to finish just one game under .500 with a 31-32-11 regular season mark. The Orange and Black even earned a playoff berth but were promptly dismissed in the opening round by the St. Louis Blues.

    Unfortunately, the Flyers took a step back in Allen's second season.

    Philly won just 20 games the next year finishing 15 games below .500 with Allen producing just a .401 winning percentage. Surprisingly, the Flyers still qualified for the postseason but were bounced by the Blues once again, this time in a sweep.

    Allen's 51 regular season triumphs in Philadelphia are the sixth-lowest in franchise history, while the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native produced just a 3-8 mark in the playoffs.

4. Wayne Cashman, 1997-1998

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    One of the briefest-tenured coaches in team history, Wayne Cashman controlled the Flyers bench for just 61 games during the 1997-98 season.

    During that time, Cashman and the Flyers amassed a 32-20-9 overall mark but were struggling for a team expected to build upon its trip to the Stanley Cup Final the year before. As a result, Cashman was dismissed in early March and replaced by then-St. Louis assistant coach Roger Neilson.

    The 11th bench boss in Flyers history, Cashman's 61 games and 32 victories are both the third-fewest in Philadelphia history.

3. Terry Simpson, 1993-1994

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    Mark Recchi was the team's leading scorer during Simpson's lone season as Philadelphia's head coach.
    Mark Recchi was the team's leading scorer during Simpson's lone season as Philadelphia's head coach.Elsa/Getty Images

    The ninth head coach in team history, Terry Simpson made it through only one season behind the bench in Philadelphia.

    A longtime coach in the Western Hockey League, Simpson got his first crack at an NHL head coaching gig in 1993 and guided the Flyers to a mediocre 35-39-10 mark during the 84-game campaign.

    Its first season in the newly constructed Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, Philadelphia failed to qualify for the postseason for the fifth straight year and just the then-seventh time in franchise history.

    Simpson's 35 wins and 84 total games are the fourth-fewest in the Orange and Black's history.

2. Paul Holmgren, 1988-1991

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    Before he was Philadelphia's general manager, Paul Holmgren served as the Flyers' bench boss from 1988 to 1991.

    In three-plus seasons at the helm, the St. Paul, Minnesota native accumulated just 107 victories and produced a .464 overall winning percentage. His 107 triumphs rank eighth on the franchise's all-time list, but his sub-.500 win percentage is sadly the third-lowest total of any of the 18 coaches who patrolled the Flyers bench.

    Holmgren's best campaign was his first when the Orange and Black finished the 1988-89 season 36-36-8 overall before falling in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Montreal Canadiens.

    Sadly, it was all downhill from there.

    Philadelphia finished nine games under .500 the following year and four games below par during his final full season. What's worse, the club failed to qualify for the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in franchise history.

    Holmgren began the 1991-92 season but was fired after just 24 games and a 8-14-2 start.

1. Vic Stasiuk, 1969-1971

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    Gary Dornhoefer (right) was a member of Stasiuk's 17-win roster during the 1969-70 season.
    Gary Dornhoefer (right) was a member of Stasiuk's 17-win roster during the 1969-70 season.Denis Brodeur/Getty Images

    The second head coach in Flyers history, Vic Stasiuk took over in 1969 and produced just 45 total victories in his two seasons at the helm.

    A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Stasiuk holds the dubious distinction of guiding the Flyers to their worst season in franchise history when the Orange and Black produced just 17 wins in a 76-game calendar during the 1969-70 campaign. Needless to say, Philly missed the playoffsthe first such occurrence in team history.

    Stasiuk did manage to return the team to the postseason the following year despite a 28-33-17 regular season mark. The Flyers were, however, ousted in an opening round sweep at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.

    All told, Stasiuk's 45 victories are the fifth-fewest in team history, while his .425 winning percentage is the lowest among the 18 head coaches in the 46-year history of the Flyers.