Ed Snider caught plenty of attention with his combative attitude at Monday morning's press conference and his insistence that the Flyers "don’t need a fresh perspective."
But when the press conference formally ended, and when the media scrums began, that's went the real fun started.
We'll get out of the way and let the quotes speak for themselves, although we have bolded a few sections to point you in the direction of the highlights. The emphasis is all our own:
“I thought our training camp, quite frankly, was one of the worst training camps I had ever seen,” club chairman Ed Snider said.
“Not talking about wins or losses. There was nothing exciting. Nobody shined. Nobody looked good. I couldn’t point to one thing as a positive and I was personally worried. Unfortunately, my worries were realized in the first three games.”
And from John Gonzalez:
“There’s no question in my mind, anybody looking at this from the outside looking in, would say that three games is totally unfair,” Ed Snider said. “But, quite honestly, training camp was a disaster. I’ve been to 47 training camps and I’ve never seen one that I felt was worse.
“That’s not talking about Peter. That’s talking about our players, and it carried right on over to the first three games of the season. It’s not simply the three games you saw. There’s more to it than that. Basically, there are a lot of things I know that are private. Bottom line is, I have great respect for Peter Laviolette. I’m sorry this has happened to him. He’s a class act. He’s done a great job for us. He got us to the Stanley Cup Finals, within a game of winning the damn thing.”
“Unfortunately, in the business we’re in, the only way to find out [about the players] is to make a change,” Snider said. “You can’t get rid of all the players. This is why coaches lose their jobs and sometimes lose them because of the players, but we don’t know that until we make a change. Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re wrong. We think our players are better than they’ve looked.”
So, someone asked Snider, you fire the coach because you can’t get rid of the players?
“Right,” Snider replied. “You show me a way to do that, we’ll be glad to do that instead.”
So much for that trip to Lake Placid.
Respond to whatever you feel like.
I'm partial to: "Basically, there are a lot of things I know that are private."
Video from earlier: