- Lindsay Berra
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.
Cutting the cord with a coach is never easy, but it can also motivate an underachieving team. We asked our panel of players about the aftermaths of their coaching changes and the ensuing push to the playoffs for the Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Penguins.