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Ear to the glass: Change has come

Players that saw coaching changes in 2008-09 discuss the aftermath

Updated: December 11, 2009, 2:19 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine
John Stevens and Dan Bylsma Getty ImagesAfter the Flyers fired John Stevens (left), they hope to follow Dan Bylsma's path in Pittsburgh.

After at 13-11-1 start through Dec. 4, the Philadelphia Flyers dropped the ax on coach John Stevens with the hope that a new coach could engineer a playoff-bound turnaround. Can they do it? If last season was any indication, yes. In 2008-2009, three teams that made mid-season coaching changes went deep into the postseason.

We talked with players from each of those clubs about the downs and ups of their winning transition. Notebooks out, Philly.


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Lindsay Berra is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.