Snider: “We’ve Got to Figure Out What to Do”
VOORHEES — With his hands in his pockets, Flyers chairman Ed Snider was in no mood to celebrate a Hall of Fame introduction for legendary coach Fred Shero. He looked through the glass in the press room of the team’s practice facility and saw a version of his team that’s far, far different than Shero’s 1974 and 1975 teams that won Stanley Cups.
“The effort was pathetic,” Snider said, recounting a 1-0 shutout loss Thursday night. “We were losing all the battles along the boards. We can’t continue to be a team that can’t score. If we can’t score, we can at least win the battles along the boards.”
The Flyers average a league-worst 1.47 goals per game. Their leading goal scorer, Vinny Lecavalier, has found the back of the net five times. The NHL leader, St. Louis’ Alexander Steen, has 14.
“I’ve been in the game for 47 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Snider said. “We’ve had teams that have struggled. Sometimes we have bad goaltending, but we’re scoring four goals a game and giving up five. I’ve never seen a team that can’t score, particularly with the talent that we have.”
The chairman was seen just outside the Flyers’ locker room following Thursday’s loss talking to Claude Giroux, before the captain left the arena because “I was frustrated.”