Craig Berube’s Job Safe….For Now…
VOORHEES – Flyers coach Craig Berube is… still Flyers coach Craig Berube.
General manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday that he is still evaluating Berube and his staff.
There has been rampant speculation that Berube, 49, will not return for the 2015-16 season even though he has one year left on his contract.
Between his days as a player and coach for the Flyers and minor-league Phantoms, this was Berube's 18th season with the organization. Before taking over as head coach, Berube had been an assistant with the Flyers since August 2008.
Since taking over for Peter Laviolette three games into last season, Berube's record as Flyers coach is 75-58-28.
"It's a great job. It really is," Berube said Monday when asked about his future. "It's even more special here. It's a real good sports town. When you're in a town like Philadelphia, you've got to accept the good and the bad. You know that you're gonna get critiqued and you know you're gonna get criticized. You gotta understand that. It's the same as a player. It's a tough town to play in."
Whenever teams don't make the playoffs in the NHL, and especially in Philadelphia, the coach ends up on the hot seat. Berube's has been near boiling even though most of the players say they'd like to see him back.
(Listen to Flyers GM Ron Hextall on the Sports Bash with Mike Gill)