It seems that Philadelphia Flyers head coach Craig Berube is auditioning for a job at the Toronto Sun.
At least that’s the impression left by the scorching hot takes he dished out earlier this evening. Take a look at this take (but shield your eyes first, it’s glowing hot):
“What Emery did turned our season around.” -Berube on Emery’s fight
— Amy Fetherolf (@afetherolf) July 8, 2014
In case your memory is a bit jogged, Berube is ostensibly referring to this fight that occurred between Ray Emery and Washington Capital’s goaltender Brayden Holtby. Well, calling it a fight might be a bit of a stretch, considering Emery kind of jumped an unwilling opponent. Whatever, goalies that can’t and won’t fight suck anyway, so I’m not about to defend Holtby here.
Now, you and I both know that coaches are prone to saying silly things sometimes to appease the fanbase, but this isn’t one of those times. No, Berube actually believes that Emery helped the Flyers turn the season around, and he has every right to feel that way.
Think about it — that fight occurred on November 1. Before then, the Flyers had an awful record and just couldn’t get going. Well, you want to know what happened after that fight? That’s right, the Flyers coasted into the playoffs, courtesy of Mr. Emery and his ability to send his team a message. See, it had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Claude Giroux was in a slump or anything like that. It was all due to a lack of goalie fights, and Emery realized that.
Berube was just brave enough to say it, and we’re just happy it came in the form of a piping hot take.