In a recent article by Chuck Bausman, he stated that the Flyers have a reputation for continuing to hiring alumni to key roles within the organization. It’s almost like organization nepotism. In this particular case, it was because the Flyers were interested in hiring Scott Mellanby for a front office position.
Mellanby is a good candidate with a great resume of leadership behind him. However, the Flyers may have another “family” choice to make. His name is Ray Shero, the son of Flyers legendary coach Fred Shero.
Ray has an impressive resume. You know all too well how to find it. First, he was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Under his leadership, the Pens went to two Stanley Cups, capturing the championship in 2009. Just take the PA Turnpike west and you can see the banner. You can also see the banners from 2016 and 2017 there. Even though Shero was fired in 2014, a good core of the team he had built were a part of those teams.
Need more evidence, take the NJ Turnpike north to the Meadowlands. From 2015-20, he was the general manager of the Devils. Yes, the Devils sucked then (wasn’t that great!). But they are now one of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division. Under him, the Devils drafted future stars Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier.
Shero has one Stanley Cup title under his belt. The Pens won two more after he helped to put together a strong nucleus of players; some of which are still playing today after 10+ years together. He put the core of players in New Jersey that has catapulted them, very quickly, from a basement dweller to a legit contender. We could use that here in Philly.
More importantly, he knows us. He pretty much grew up here in Philly watching his father lead a great group of guys to hockey’s promised land. He knows this city bleeds orange and black. He knows the passion of the fans here. He knows what it takes to win.
If you are worried about Daniel Briere’s inexperience at such a high level, Shero, as team president could mentor him. A trinity of Briere, Shero, and John Tortorella would be a great combination of hockey intelligence that could turn around the Flyers. If anything, it is worth thinking about.