Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Peter Laviolette Is a Hockey Genius

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Peter Laviolette Is a Hockey Genius
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The Philadelphia Flyers made big changes this past offseason.  Everybody knows the names of the departed and acquired.  

But perhaps the most surprising change of all was of the organization's philosophy.  

For too long the players have held all the power over the coach—play hard when we like him, tank to get him fired.  

Blaming the voice in the room, whether it be Terry Murray, Bill Barber, Ken Hitchcock or John Stevens, has been a time-honored tradition in the City of Brotherly Love.  

But not this year.  No, finally, the immature captain, over-paid "sniper" and several other frustrating under-achievers were given the boot while the head coach was given a vow of confidence.  

Seeing as Ed Snider is in charge of one of the quickest to react/panic franchises in the NHL, his empowering of the head coach must mean only one thing: Peter Laviolette is a hockey genius!

Do you agree?  Here's my attempt to persuade you, the readers.  Let me know what you think.   

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