It's scary to think how drastically this team has changed over the years. Believe me, it was necessary, and there are still more changes that could be beneficial. On paper, the team is crazy-scary and well-stocked, even with the injuries. The unfortunately part is that the same coaching style is being used now as it was in 2010. The GM did his job in adding defensive depth, but at the sacrifice of some scoring depth. Normally, that's not a problem, except that Lavy is still using the same all-out-attack mentality when the scorers just aren't there to pull it off.
This year, owner Ed Snider made it clear that team defense is what is needed. He wasn't wrong. Laviolette gave a verbal middle finger when he stated he would continue to attack. Guy Boucher was recently interviewed and questioned about his change in coaching style. I was very impressed when he replied that his coaching style has changed as his team has changed (not a direct quote). That flexibility and adaptability is fundamental in being successful. Clearly, that has worked for Guy as his team is flying right now.
I was impressed with the Flyers ability to buckle down defensively against the Lightning on the 5th. It looks like the team is beginning to buy into that system, even if Lavy is not. Don't get me wrong, it was their hustle to backcheck and how they played in their own zone that leads me to that assessment. That was to overcome the attack style that Lavy is still preaching. And let's not forget that the effort was bolstered by Bryz's incredible play. His post to post save on Stamkos should be on the highlight reel for quite awhile. And there were countless more that were equally as important Without him, it wouldn't matter the hustle by the players, the system would still be broken.
Without the scoring depth that the Flyers once had, it's impossible to properly utilize the system that Lavy has been somewhat successful with in the past. When failing to score, the defense is in for greater challenges and the goalie must continually make highlight-reel saves. When failing to score, the system does not put the opposing team on their heels. When scoring is prevalent and there are a great number of proven threats that can spread out the opposition's defenders, the system works. Especially with the injuries, I simply don't see this team surviving Lavy's system. Something has to give.
I think it's interesting the changes that have occurred with Paddock this year, joining the coaching staff as the eye in the sky. Could this be a potential precursor to him being a candidate for a coaching replacement? I'd be interested to know what you think will come of the coaching position moving forward. Feel free to participate in the poll, and leave me some comments if you have other opinions.