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Video: Craig Berube tells Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski to ‘get lost’

Oct 8, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

You may not be familiar with Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski by name, but you likely remember him from Craig Berube’s introductory press conference on Monday.

Sielski was the one who asked Ed Snider about the perception created by hiring someone like Berube, who was “steeped” in a Flyers culture “that hasn’t won a Cup in 38 years.” That line of questioning prompted an already agitated Snider to become only more combative and eventually deliver his instantly famous “We don’t need a fresh perspective” line.

That exchange would lead Sielski to write a piece, published Tuesday, entitled “Flyers’ culture needs to start anew.” Here’s an excerpt:

The Flyers’ lack of patience, their unwillingness to consider a longer view or embrace an innovation before it’s already become old hat, their reliance on the tired cliché of “Flyers hockey” – together, those factors have created a vicious cycle that has kept them from achieving their ultimate goal.

The foundations of their franchise, as Berube said, are “character, hard work, competitiveness” – intangibles that are meaningless without the necessary talent or tactics. They pat themselves on the back, as Snider did Monday, for doing whatever it takes, for acting immediately in the name of chasing championships. Still, they apparently never stop to wonder whether that very approach contributes to their failure to win another Cup.

Well, Berube either remembered Sielski or read the piece — or both — because their first postgame interaction on Tuesday night didn’t go so smoothly. Berube was asked to address Jay Rosehill’s four-minute penalty from the third period, which he said was “unacceptable.”

Sielski proceeded to ask if Berube had any punishment in mind, prompting the coach to respond:

“What do you want me to do? Spank him? Get lost. That talk’s stupid.”

The dismissive wave really makes it.

I’m excited for Chief to lead all active coaches in penalty minutes, although there are plenty of other beat writers I’d rather see him beat up first.

Maybe Sielski-Berube can be the new Panaccio-Pronger or Bryzgalov-everybody.


  1. BenE. - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    “Maybe Sielski-Berube can be the new Panaccio-Pronger or Bryzgalov-everybody.”

    Or maybe we can leave well enough alone and let the Chief do what he wants to get this team firing on all cylinders, without all of this media-manufactured drama. Has anyone in that conference room ever thought of that?

  2. Paul - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Really, you want business as usual? You are part of the problem. This organization is headed by a befuddled old man in Ed Snider who blames everyone else for the mistakes he mandates but for which he refuses to take responsibility. But no we cannot talk negatively about the culture of a franchise who is continually late to changes in how NHL hockey can be successful. God forbid we question, “The Chairman”, the man who thought it prudent to have a ultra right wing retard in Sarah Palin drop the puck in one of the most liberal cities in the US. This franchise is fucked until that jerk off retires or dies.

    • Lol - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Relax. There are a lot of worse owners out there.

  3. Mostel - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    WAY overblown story here. Berube simply didn’t want to speak on getting his own player suspended, he wasn’t pulling a Torterella style attack on a reporter.

    • Nick Menta - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Every post on this website will now be a screenshot of the box score. Nothing else that happens will be mentioned.

      • BenE. - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        No one is saying that, but save the drama for your mama.

  4. vgp - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    It was a stupid question and an appropriate answer.

  5. dr. love - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    The simple fact is that there is no accountability with the Flyers. While I’m not in love with the snarkiness of the question, the Flyers cannot escape the truth that the winning formula has produced two championships, now 38 years in the rearview and counting.

    I’m all about an organization that develops an approach and sticks to that approach. Provided it is a winning approach. The Steelers are a good example of a team with management that set a direction and stick to it. In more ways that one the Flyers are the Raiders – a team with a direction also set by management. Except in the Flyers (and Raiders case) that formula no longer works.

    • willh888 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      the Raiders are on their 11th straight season without a winning record, including just 5 winning records in the last 21 season. The Flyers have sucked twice in 20 years.

      The more modern example you’re looking for is the Eagles. Really good for a decade. Excelled in their division. Lots of high seeds in the post season. One title shot.. lost. Good, not great.

    • james - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      you didn’t get the memo? You’re not allowed to criticize and organization that hasn’t won in over 35 years. It’s flyers hockey, which recently means purgatory hockey. We trade away a Vezina winner and sent the core of the stanley cup winning team two years ago…but hey at least we’re doing the flyers way.

  6. galasso2586 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I realize that they won last night, but they look really bad. My main issues: 1. Not setting up in the offensive zone: All they had were quick counter attack plays. They rearely set up in the offensive zone, moved the puck around, or cycled down lown. This goes for on the PP as well. During the 5 min major in the 3rd period they look pitiful and couldn’t even get passed the blue line. 2. Everybody except for Rinaldo looks like they don’t have their legs underneath them. Everybody looked to be moving slow and getting out hustled by the Panthers. Even in the defensive zone where the Panthers constantly beat them to the puck.

    Positives: Steve Mason. Rock solid effort and the main reason that they won last night.

  7. psudrozz - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    the flyers won on two flukey goals and mason.

    there were some improvements (talbot’s line was steller), but they need to do more.

    • MJS - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Agreed that they did not look good last night, but how often was this said in the last couple of years?:

      “The Flyers lost on one or two flukey/questionable goals and (insert other team’s goalie, who stood on his head and stole the game).”

      I’m glad the Flyers won one and I’m glad we can actually say that our goalie stole the game. With that being said, they need to improve in many different areas

    • T800m101 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Talbot is still a pussy and I hope he breaks his other leg.

  8. T800m101 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Would be nice to see Berube beat the fuck out of that pussy reporter.

    • 2sentz - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Agree or disagree, Sielski has amped up the conversation and lit a fire under mgmt. As a fan I like it. Snider angry? Good, go out and prove him wrong.

      • T800m101 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Anyone saying they like something from this pussy Sielski has zero credibility. Guy needs the fucking shit beat out of him. He’s obviously not a true fan of hockey.

      • 2sentz - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        As a lifelong fan and 20+yr STH I have plenty of credibility, and agree with him that something’s fundamentally wrong here. Yes his question today was douchy and stupid, but there’s a problem with a mgmt that spends decades being a few right moves away from the cup. Sure it makes for entertaining regular seasons, but in the end there’s no cup. No cup.

      • Jerry - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM


        really? what gives him zero credibility, because he’s not a blind sheep fan that drinks the orange kool-aid. News flash, this team hasn’t won in 38 years, so what is Snider/Berube doing right? I’ve been a flyers fan all my life and haven’t seen a championship…and I’m 30. How’s it like being a “true fan of hockey” with ZERO cups in the last 40 years. Grow up.

      • MJS - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM


        Agree with some of what you said except “…so what is Snider/Berube doing right?” I don’t need a lesson on what Snider has done incorrectly over the years, but what exactly has Berube done wrong at this point? (note: I’m not saying he’s going to be the greatest coach ever or even be the coach of this team in a year (can’t make that guarantee about anybody in Philly these days), but not sure the criticism on him at this point)

      • Jerry - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM


        good points. I guess the whole “you played for the flyers…you’ll be a flyer forever” (holmgren gm/hextall asst. gm/berube coach) is growing tired on me. To me, this hire is another example of “good ole flyer hockey” which was great in the 70s but now…not so much. If Berube proves to be otherwise, i’ll acknowledge it. But given the flyers history, i don’t see it. I think the question was stupid, but all the flyers beat reporters are just yuck-yuck fans (as you can hear them yuck-yuck in the background) that never really question the “flyers way”.

        look at T800m101 moronic flyer kool-aid, orange glasses comments ” Would be nice to see Berube beat the fuck out of that pussy reporter.” and “Anyone saying they like something from this pussy Sielski has zero credibility. Guy needs the fucking shit beat out of him. He’s obviously not a true fan of hockey.” seriously?

        Flyers need to change the way they think…it starts with Snider, to Holmgren, to berube, and to the players…which won’t happen. Everyone that disagrees with me just wikipedia the Chicago blackhawks and see how a “fresh perspective” changed that franchise around in 2007.

  9. brandonphilly - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    1st of all, this story isn’t overblown at all. There’s zero overreaction here by the Level.
    2nd, it was funny. Plain and simple. It’s nice to see a Bully-style player coaching the team.

    What’s funny is that Lavi was fired and I was thinking, “great, who the hell is going to replace him”. Then I see the pic of Berube and I didn’t even flinch. He’s gonna do great in there. At least for a year.


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