John Boruk goes one-on-one with Craig Berube
Craig Berube talked about accountability and attitude during his first meeting with the Flyers as head coach on Monday. (AP)
As a player, Craig Berube was a fierce competitor on the ice as an energy guy and Flyers enforcer.
His new staff now includes John Paddock and Ian Laperriere, who is slightly closer in age to the Flyers’ current roster than any of their previous assistant coaches.
On Monday, after general manager Paul Holmgren addressed the players, Berube took his turn.
So what was his message to the team?
“You know what, it’s like guys need to be accountable,” Laperriere said. “You know Lavy (Peter Laviolette) lost his job because some guys didn’t do their job. That’s going to change, that’s going to need to change.
“He talked about the attitude that needs to be changed and everybody going to look forward, tomorrow’s going to be a different step forward, I guess.’’
Hal Gill, who joined the club off a tryout contract and then signed a one-year deal, said the players need to be held accountable.
“I’ve been through it as a player and it’s no fun for anybody,” Laperriere said. “I’m glad the players feel that way. The one thing they can do is play better. As a coaching staff, we’re going to make sure they do.’’
Gill played against Berube for nearly 10 years and knows him pretty well.
“He’s a hard-nosed, tough guy,” Gill said. “You know what you’re going to get. And I think we’re going to find out tomorrow.’’