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10-22-2006, 09:00 AM
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OT - Rumour, Hitchcock fired.

According to Spector, he's received word that Hitchcock has allegedly been fired, and Clarke has either been re-signed or resigned. Thought i pass it on. Would be nice to finally see the ankle breaker finally lose his god like status in Philly.

http://spectorshockey.tripod.com/spe...e_rumours.html

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10-22-2006, 09:02 AM
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Verified: FAN 590, PC at 10. Clarke resigned, Hitchcock fired.

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Espn Sportscenter: clarke resigned, hitchkock fired

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http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2634817

It´s no rumour any longer

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Clark resigned. yeah right...I think he was fired just like Hitchcock

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nope..................http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=181589&hubname=nhl

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I think Gretzky should give Hitch a call to take over in Phoenix.

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I wonder if Clarke will be kicked upstairs retaining on eof those mysterious advisory positions a la Milbury and Sinden.

Now that I think about it, when Corey panicked and fired Savard he should have done that.

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Wow. Didn't think this day would actually happen. I guess they let Clarke save face by "resigning".

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i wonder if hitchcock would get hired as a scout or consultant or sumthing by the habs.. he has enuff friends here.. lol

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i wonder if hitchcock would get hired as a scout or consultant or sumthing by the habs.. he has enuff friends here.. lol
You might be on to something, and it might not be such a bad thing. Hitchcock is a particular kind of coach, but he knows hockey.

I'm just wondering where the Flyers go from here. I'm not sure they have the players to make a turnaround this season, and it might be time for a total housecleaning. It's obviously still way too early to talk of missing the playoffs, but I can't remember the last time the Flyers went through a serious rebuilding.

You have to wonder if that's in order after years of Clarke's reign. On the one hand, they have a good young core to do it, and on the other, they have lots of overpriced junky (and some not so junky) veterans who can probably fetch something in a trade.

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You might be on to something, and it might not be such a bad thing. Hitchcock is a particular kind of coach, but he knows hockey.

I'm just wondering where the Flyers go from here. I'm not sure they have the players to make a turnaround this season, and it might be time for a total housecleaning. It's obviously still way too early to talk of missing the playoffs, but I can't remember the last time the Flyers went through a serious rebuilding.

You have to wonder if that's in order after years of Clarke's reign. On the one hand, they have a good young core to do it, and on the other, they have lots of overpriced junky (and some not so junky) veterans who can probably fetch something in a trade.
Hitchcock is good enough to become a coach anywhere in the league. It has been mentioned in this thread that perhaps Gretzky should sign him to coach in Phoenix, and that doesn't seem unreasonable at all. I cannot see him taking a consultant position at this time.

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Watch Brian Burke be the first one in line to **** Holmgren in a deal...

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Hitchcock has proven his worth. To my mind Clarke has made a number of bad decisions over the years. I wouldn't compare him to Mike Milbury, but he shouldn't be permitted to enter a building through the same door as Lou Lamoriello.

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Hitchcock is good enough to become a coach anywhere in the league. It has been mentioned in this thread that perhaps Gretzky should sign him to coach in Phoenix, and that doesn't seem unreasonable at all. I cannot see him taking a consultant position at this time.
It depends on whether Hitchcock wants to jump right back into coaching. I have no doubt he could coach somewhere right now, and he will coach again in the NHL, but I could also see him wanting to take it easy for at least the rest of this season. Consultancy is a halfway house between full coaching pressure (especially with a new team already into the season) and complete idleness.

Anyway, I don't think he'll be a consultant here, but the thought is interesting.

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Hitchcock and Clarke are both very good at what they do, IMO. But it's the nature of the NHL beast that the welcome wears out sooner or later even for the very good. For all the microscopes that get applied to any perceived mistakes Clarke might have made over the years, I believe a more careful scrutiny of his complete track record would reveal that he's a very shrewd and successful GM. I just wonder if he hasn't burned some bridges, say with his RFA offer and some of his officiating rants, that will keep some doors closed to him if the Flyers don't give him another hat to wear.

Beyond that, it seems like Snider wants the Flyers to win, win, win... else, why bother making the changes upstairs? You could clean house and rebuild with Clarke and Hitchcock in place. It doesn't seem to me like the kind of move the precedes a rebuilding project. Dumping off the big contracts and murky veteran presences to stockpile picks and prospects around some of their good kids might be an HFBoarders dream scenario, but it's a bit hard to imagine it as a Snider dream scenario?

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I wonder if Hitchcock would consider coaching in the AHL for a little while. Say, in Hamilton

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Hitchcock and Clarke are both very good at what they do, IMO. But it's the nature of the NHL beast that the welcome wears out sooner or later even for the very good. For all the microscopes that get applied to any perceived mistakes Clarke might have made over the years, I believe a more careful scrutiny of his complete track record would reveal that he's a very shrewd and successful GM. I just wonder if he hasn't burned some bridges, say with his RFA offer and some of his officiating rants, that will keep some doors closed to him if the Flyers don't give him another hat to wear.

Beyond that, it seems like Snider wants the Flyers to win, win, win... else, why bother making the changes upstairs? You could clean house and rebuild with Clarke and Hitchcock in place. It doesn't seem to me like the kind of move the precedes a rebuilding project. Dumping off the big contracts and murky veteran presences to stockpile picks and prospects around some of their good kids might be an HFBoarders dream scenario, but it's a bit hard to imagine it as a Snider dream scenario?
Well, it could go either way: Hitchcock and Clarke are probably the last people you want to keep around for a rebuilding (whether partial or total). Hitchcock is the kind of coach you bring in to win you a Cup with veterans, and it would seem strange to keep him around after he failed in that capacity. Clarke seems to be much more of a "build a competitive team" specialist rather than a hatchet man who purges veterans and shows patience with youth.

I don't think any owner wants to give up winning and be happy with rebuilding. But it happens all the time on advice from new management. Is Holmgren telling Snider that he can win with the same roster with only minor tinkering, but a different coach? I doubt it, because then Clarke would've stayed on, as he's never been afraid to fire coaches and make deals. I don't really know, but it seems that Philly's problem is that they're not built to compete with the new Sabre paradigm.

Obviously it's silly to talk about rebuilding not even 10 games into the season, and the new management team will try to win before giving up and pulling out the dynamite. But I suspect that Snider brought in the new management team to bring in a new philosophy if the team doesn't respond to a simple coaching change.

(And as a loyal HFBoarder, I reserve the right to dream about trading Forsberg to the Habs for picks and unwanted prospects -- it's my RIGHT, dammit. )

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I'd be very surprised if we see Hitchcock coaching this season. He just signed a new deal to coach Philly for another 2 seasons after this (which they still have to uphold) so there's no (financial) reason to go looking for a new coaching stint. I think he'll sit back and wait until the right offer comes around.

Phoenix is quickly turning into the Oakland Raiders of the NHL.. it's where players and coaches go to die... only without Al Davis.

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