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Today’s interview is with Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, whose team’s quest for their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975 ended abruptly with a four game second-round sweep by the Boston Bruins.


I finally was able to get about 15 minutes with him; if I stayed any longer I may have pulled for another interviewer.


Matt:  Peter, how would you characterize the 2010-11 Flyers’ season?Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. Photo: cbc.ca

Laviolette:  It’s frustrating whenever you don’t achieve your main goal. We were so close last year, and at times we were the best team in the NHL this year. We just picked the wrong times to be a dominant team. But our goalies had nothing to do with that; I have full confidence in them—all of them.

Matt:  Speaking of your goalie situation, do you envision bringing back Brian Boucher, Sergei Bobrovsky and Michael Leighton next year? Is there somebody else on another team’s roster that you will make a move for?

Laviolette:  I envision lots of things, but won’t discuss all of them with you and your readers. As for other goalies, any and all candidates will be welcomed. Not to take anything away from Boosh, Bob and Leights, but—

Matt: So, do you see the need for a proven No. 1 goalie?

Laviolette: No. all these guys can stop the puck, and acquiring more goalies is Holmer’s (GM Paul Holmgren) job. I simply would remind Paul that if no one goalie is a Vezina Trophy candidate, that it’s a long season. Playing seven or so different goalies 12 games apiece may be the best way to approach this thing.

Matt:  Interesting idea, Peter. But will you be making these goalie changes mid-game, between periods, or right after the first bad goal?

Laviolette: All options are on the table right now. Why let our rivals know our intentions?

Matt: One last thing about the goalies.  In the playoffs, the Flyer’s goalies for the 11 games were as follows:  Bobrovsky, Boucher, Leighton, Boucher, Bobrosky, Boucher, Bobrovsky. You made seven in-game moves, not counting pulling the goalie for an extra attacker. The team that swept you, the Bruins, has only used Tim Thomas in net.  Any thoughts?

Laviolette: Yes, I think I stayed with Leights a little too long there against the Sabres. But, complete games are a thing of the past, Just look at the Phillies: Roy Halladay is leading the Major Leagues with four complete games in 12 starts. Doesn’t that tell you something?.

Matt: But the Phillies are a baseball team, not—

Laviolette:  (sarcastically) Thanks for pointing that out, Matt.

Matt:    Let’s change the topic. Is Mike Richards the right captain for the orange-and-black, given his quiet nature and the domineering presence of veteran Chris Pronger on the team?

Laviolette: I don’t have anything bad to say about Richie. He does it all for our team and to be honest, everyone is a little afraid of Prongs—even the coaching staff.

Matt: So, maybe you can utilize a double-pronged …no pun intended…approach to the captaincy. When things are going well, let Richards wear the “C."  If not, bring in the tough guy, Pronger.

Laviolette: You know, that’s a great idea. I will seek permission from the NHL to Velcro the “C’ onto Richie’s jersey, and the “A’ onto Prong’s.. If the team needs that extra spark, we’ll just make that switch mid-game.

But, let me be clear.  Richie’s presumed lack of leadership—or his one goal in 11 games for that matter—is not what beat us. The goalies, on the other hand, were the real culprits. I tried what I could, but they are the reason why we were free to play golf on May 7.

Matt:  You may be onto something, Peter. But speaking of the links, how’s your golf game treating you?

Laviolette: It could be better. I was off to a great start today, just four-over after nine. On the par-fourth tenth, my caddie convinced me to hit a seven-iron against the wind from 175. I hit it pure, but found the water.

Matt:  So, what happened?

Laviolette:  I triple-bogeyed the hole, and my round fell apart. I went with my backup caddie on the 11th, but that didn’t help. I shot a 93, but still have full confidence in both my caddies.

Matt:  Are you in the market for a new No. 1 caddie?

Laviolette:  I’m off to the pro shop to buy a new extra putter. Please address all questions to Holmer.

A Disclaimer: The above conversation with Laviolette did not really take place—but is it really all that far-fetched?

Along with being a lifelong Philly sports fan, Matt Goldberg is a unique, award-winning writer, speaker and all-around humorist who resides with his wife and son in South Jersey. He is a featured columnist for the Phillies for Bleacher Report, and is also the author of two new humor books—Wordapodia, Volume One, and All That Twitters is Not Goldberg.

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8:52 PM
Sat Jun 4 2011
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