Flyers-Avalanche: Game 23 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It's already been an eventful Monday with the dismissal of head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Michel Therrien. It came at a bit of a surprising time – no, not following a 7-1 loss, but with the Flyers right back on the ice on Monday night to take on the Colorado Avalanche.

Mike Yeo will be behind the bench serving as head coach in the interim, as the Flyers try to avoid a ninth straight loss.

Game time is 7 p.m.

 

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Flyers Fire Head Coach Alain Vigneault

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Sunday’s game was finally the tipping point. A 7-1 loss to reach eight games on a losing streak prompted a change, and on Monday morning, it happened.

The Flyers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault

Vigneault, who was hired on April 15, 2019, was head coach for parts of three seasons and had a 74-54-19 record in 147 games behind the Flyers bench. Assistant coach Michel Therrien was also fired. Mike Yeo remains on the coaching staff and will be the interim coach. The Flyers play again on Monday night at 7 p.m. against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Sunday's Flyers-Lightning Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

On Sunday evening, the Wells Fargo Center was decked out in a summer’s theme for Shore Night. Never mind the fact that it was the first weekend of December and 45 degrees outside. 

Maybe the theme of the night was to remind you of summer. To remind you that this past summer was when there was a new hope for the Flyers, a transformed roster that indicated that change was necessary and action had been taken. Perhaps it was prophetic, a way of looking ahead to what the summer months will provide you, because by the product on the ice, there will plenty of time to enjoy the shore and no Flyers hockey on the calendar at all.

In a 7-1 rout by the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flyers losing streak reached eight games, with now three of those losses coming at the hands of the back-to-back champs. And the takeaways from this one are pretty simple. It can’t be much longer before more changes start coming. There isn’t much more to say about the play on the ice that hasn’t already been said during this streak. A season that was all about making the playoffs and getting back to winning has become the opposite in a hurry.

Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s game.

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Phillies: 2022’s Deliberate Approach

 

By Tal Venada, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

While the Philadelphia Phillies faithful helplessly witnessed the spending frenzy in the majors, they now feel only their team did nothing. But the New York Yankees are applying the same method, plus the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have had limited activity. Basically, not overpaying.    

            

 Contractual Consequences:

For many Phillies fans, they will carry disappointment through the weeks ahead. And when the campaign begins, they will point out successful players inked before the lockout. Ergo, they will only mention the highlights, but they will be blind to the poor signings and the desperation moves leading to other teams’ difficulties. 

IN OTHER WORDS:

“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

With a deadline of Dec. 2, many franchises chose to either meet a player’s asking price or overpay to secure his services. They believe they won’t have a last-minute rush to construct their rosters if the negotiations last two months. Yes, Feb. 1 is the anticipated date leaving 2-3 weeks to be ready for spring training.        

The Fightins are in the group taking the deliberate approach. Basically, the remaining stars will compete for offers from like-minded execs, who will want to field the strongest –not the most expensive– active 26. But while there will be less available talent, there also won’t be many organizations going overboard.                  

Some expect another spending frenzy when the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) takes effect. However, anticipating franchises to ink more top-dollar stars is questionable because this time the players may be under more pressure to find a landing spot.

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Lightning Strikes Again as Flyers Fall for 8th Straight Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Less than three week ago, the Flyers got a last-second goal to tie the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and force overtime. The Flyers ultimately lost the game in a shootout. 

Since then, the Flyers had suffered six more losses in a row leading into Sunday's night final meeting of the season against the Lightning. This one didn't go any better than the previous seven games, as the Lightning struck early and often in a 7-1 result at Wells Fargo Center.

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