Flyers GM undecided if head coach Craig Berube will be back

Wednesday April 15th, 2015

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he has not yet made a decision on whether head coach Craig Berube will be brought back next season.

The Flyers finished in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division with 84 points, missing the playoffs. It was Berube's second year as a head coach in the NHL. 

"At this point he's our head coach, and if something changes, I'll let you guys know," Hextall said. "At this point in the process ... we're going to evaluate everything, as I said, and at this point the decision hasn't been made."

Hextall, who was speaking at an end-of-season press conference, said he'd like to make the decision "as soon as possible" but that he is going to be "methodical" about it in order to make the right decision. 

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"I'm not going to make a quick decision to appease people, or to follow along like it's supposed to be done," Hextall said. "I'm going to do everything I can to do the due diligence that's appropriate to make the decision. Once I get there, then we'll let people know."

On Monday, center Vincent Lecavalier said he can only be successful in Philadelphia if there is a coaching change. The 34-year-old's points total dropped from 37 in 2013-14 to 20 this season.

Hextall said Wednesday that the team will not buy out the three years remaining on Lecavaliers' contract.

- Molly Geary

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