The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have added Gord Murphy (the coach on the right of the picture above, NOT Kevin Dineen) to their coaching staff. Along with the hiring, they announced that John Paddock will not return to the Flyers organization for the 2014-2015 season.
Paddock served as one of Craig Berube’s assistant coaches last year. He has spent time as the coach of the Phantoms and as an assistant general manager while in Philadelphia.
Gord Murphy was originally drafted by the Flyers in 1985. After his playing career, he became an assistant coach. He has been an assistant for 11 years with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers. Murphy is expected to help coach the Flyers defensemen.
Murphy went on record yesterday talking about the Flyers, saying:
Obviously a new coach is going to have good things to say about the job with which he is preparing to undertake. However, Flyers fans hope that he can help the defense play a “fast, strong” game, something they clearly lacked this past season.
The Flyers looked like a slow team last year, many times due to the lack of skating ability on the blue line. Murphy will have his work cut out for him as he tries to speed up the current defensemen while working with the prospects within the farm system.