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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


The Flyers, as per recent tradition, tried two goalies Wednesday in a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Ed Snider watched ... and understood.

“The coach is making a decision," the Comcast-Spectacor chairman said. "And I have no qualms with the decisions that he’s made. He’s doing everything in his power to win.”

Peter Laviolette, then, is off the goaltending hook. But when Snider was pressed about the way his organization acquires goaltenders, he didn't so quickly salute.

"You know, the season’s not over," he said, "and we will evaluate everything when the season is over."

One interpretation: He's not planning to saddle his head coach with such goaltending next year.

“It’s unusual,” he said of the goaltending carousel. “That’s all I can say. It’s unusual. But I don’t think it’s wrong. I think it is something that had to be done and I think the coach has done a good job in deciding what he is going to do and when he is going to do it.”

Check out my story on Snider in the Daily Times and on Thursday. Also, I will have a column about how the Flyers appear demoralized.

They rallied from an 0-3 hole to eliminate Boston last spring.

This year?

Don't count on it.


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