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Blow up the Flyers' roster? Not necessary, says Dave Scott, the team's chairman.

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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Dave Scott, the Flyers’ chairman, understands the fans’ grief over an underachieving season that has turned miserable.

He shares their frustration.

“I feel for our fans. I mean, it’s a sad situation,” he said in an interview Monday. “I’m angry. I’m frustrated. Everyone keeps saying they’re disappointed, and it’s beyond disappointment where we’re sitting today.”

He paused.

“But I’m not discouraged, and I’m determined,” he added.

Determined to turn things around after a two-month collapse — 11 wins in their last 33 games entering Monday — that knocked the Flyers out of the NHL playoff picture. They will miss the playoffs for the fifth time in the last nine years.

 

A year ago, the Flyers went 41-21-7, finished second in the Metropolitan Division, and won their first playoff series since 2012.

That created high expectations, making this season’s fall from contention even more head-scratching.

No overhaul coming

In a wide-ranging interview, Scott, who confers with general manager Chuck Fletcher every day and believes in his decision making, said he doesn’t think the team needs radical changes. He believes the Flyers need another scorer and top-pairing defenseman, and he strongly hinted that a backup goaltender is on the team’s wish list.

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