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06-15-2009, 10:40 AM
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Hatcher joins Flyers Front Office/Retires

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Derian Hatcher has been named as the new player development coach, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. The former Flyers defenseman and captain also announced that he is retiring from the National Hockey League after 17 seasons.

“We are pleased to add Derian to our coaching staff in this very important capacity,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “Derian will spend valuable time with the young players throughout our organization, working on their on-ice game as well as helping these young players deal with the issues playing and/or preparing to play professional hockey.”



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06-15-2009, 10:57 AM
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Sweet. I hope he helps improve the nastiness of Coburn and maybe even Parent.

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06-15-2009, 10:59 AM
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Hatcher is absolutely a great guy to have around the team. I really like the personnel moves of keeping these guys who will be great influences on the young players around the organization.

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Very good.

Good to see Hatch remain a part of our organization. He was always one of my favorite players. Hopefully he does a good job developing our defenseman. I would like to see a mean Parent.

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I saw DeadPhish post this in the OBT and I'm glad it's got his own thread.

Thanks for everything Derian!

Glad he's sticking around. They say once you become a Flyer you never leave. Having him help the defense will really help the young guys develop.

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I definitely saw this coming. I knew he'd stay with the Flyers organization as long as he didn't go elsewhere as a UFA this offseason. His knee replacement kind of cemented that fact. The organization loves him and he loves the organization.

As much crap as we gave him for having one working knee on the ice I can't think of anyone who would think of this as a bad move.

Interesting thing is Desjardins stepped down from this position a year after accepting it.

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why is desjardins leaving? i'm ecstatic that we're keeping hatcher around, but not really at the cost of eric.

i share the optimism that hatcher might instill some snarl in our younger defensemen.

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06-15-2009, 11:22 AM
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I think our coaching staff and front office could kick the **** out of any other....

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why is desjardins leaving? i'm ecstatic that we're keeping hatcher around, but not really at the cost of eric.
I was pretty confused about that too. Eric just got here last offseason. I thought he'd do really well with all of our young talent.

Was he really not working out or did he just want to move on?

I'd really like to know.

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I think our D-Men need Hatch's help way more than Desjardin's.....

He can teach those guys D that Desjardins can't. Most of the guys we have can already play like Eric (puck-moving...good skaters)...it's about time they learn to play a little like Hatch.

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I was pretty confused about that too. Eric just got here last offseason. I thought he'd do really well with all of our young talent.

Was he really not working out or did he just want to move on?

I'd really like to know.
I get the impression that Rico isn't too inclined to stick around the Delaware Valley. I think he wanted to move back home to Canada. Hatch seems more interested in sticking around the area.

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I was pretty confused about that too. Eric just got here last offseason. I thought he'd do really well with all of our young talent.

Was he really not working out or did he just want to move on?

I'd really like to know.
From Tim's new article on HB.

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"He's going to replace Eric Desjardins as a player development coach. Desjardins resigned to pursue other opportunities. "
Link to article -- mod edit...

http://philadelphia.comcastsportsnet...765&feedID=695


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Very good news - Hatcher has the attitude and mentality that this team needs in spades, and the defensemen can use his guidance.

Kinda sucks about Rico though - I was hoping he'd carry on with the team and be a forever Flyer.

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I'm glad he's making his home here.

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why is desjardins leaving? i'm ecstatic that we're keeping hatcher around, but not really at the cost of eric.

i share the optimism that hatcher might instill some snarl in our younger defensemen.
Really didn't hear much about Desjardin's involvement after the season started. Anyone really know what the job entails? There at every practice in a coaching type capacity?

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I believe Desjardins was only brought in to work with the kids during prospect camp and nothing else. It seems to me that Hatcher was hired on a more permanent basis.

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I think our D-Men need Hatch's help way more than Desjardin's.....

He can teach those guys D that Desjardins can't. Most of the guys we have can already play like Eric (puck-moving...good skaters)...it's about time they learn to play a little like Hatch.
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I think our D-Men need Hatch's help way more than Desjardin's.....

He can teach those guys D that Desjardins can't. Most of the guys we have can already play like Eric (puck-moving...good skaters)...it's about time they learn to play a little like Hatch.
agreed, we've got natural puck moving dman. Learning a bit of snarl would really beneficial for them. Now of course you want them to keep improving their puck moving but with Kimmo here they can learn through observation and his advice

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I remember some clown was arguing with me about that a year or two ago..

I think Hatch will make a good NHL head coach eventuall

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Fantastic news!

Thanks for all the hard hits, Hatch, and good luck coaching!

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Hatcher was one of the toughest, meanest, borderline dirty players I ever saw play. He was a guy I would want on my team for a cup run, when he was healthly he was just down right scary to play against.

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Glad to see Hatch stick around in a coaching capacity. The D currently lacks some sandpaper; maybe he can 'Clockwork Orange' some tenacity into the young 'uns.

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Glad to see Hatch stick around in a coaching capacity. The D currently lacks some sandpaper; maybe he can 'Clockwork Orange' some tenacity into the young 'uns.
I don't think guys like Bourdon or Marshall really need that much in terms of sandpaper (and Sbisa isn't afraid to bang it up either). Those two (Bourdon, Marshall) can hit like freight trains, so that's alright.

I also hope that some of the guys do become a bit more physical, but not to the point that their physical play negates the other side of their games (puck movement, positioning, etc...).

It should be interesting to see if this move will help Coburn snap out of his funk from last year. I think Hatcher will help him simplify his game. This past season, it seemed that Coburn tried to do much and just made too many bad decisions as a result. If Hatcher gets Coburn back on track, then he's done his job (part of the reason I think he was hired on).

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Will we now be able to use his salary on others?

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I don't think guys like Bourdon or Marshall really need that much in terms of sandpaper (and Sbisa isn't afraid to bang it up either). Those two (Bourdon, Marshall) can hit like freight trains, so that's alright.

I also hope that some of the guys do become a bit more physical, but not to the point that their physical play negates the other side of their games (puck movement, positioning, etc...).

It should be interesting to see if this move will help Coburn snap out of his funk from last year. I think Hatcher will help him simplify his game. This past season, it seemed that Coburn tried to do much and just made too many bad decisions as a result. If Hatcher gets Coburn back on track, then he's done his job (part of the reason I think he was hired on).
I don't think this job has all that much to do with the NHL roster...so doubt it has much to do with Coburn specifically.

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