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Snider hints at change in wake of Philly’s blown leads

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Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider talks during a news conference as the NHL hockey team practiced in Voorhees, N.J., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The Flyers open their season at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, David Maialetti) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT TV OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES


On Monday, Flyers owner Ed Snider talked about his team’s recent struggles -- they’ve lost five of seven -- and not-so-subtly suggested that changes could be coming.

“I think we have to take a long hard look at where we are and where we are going,” Snider said, as per CSN Philly. “We’re always doing that and we will continue doing it. Whatever we can do to help the team get over the hump, we will do.

“Obviously, we’re not happy with giving up third-period leads.”

The Flyers have already gone the fired coach route -- Peter Laviolette was replaced by Craig Berube just three games into the season -- so logic would suggest the next course of action would be a trade.

But that won’t be easy.

Philly is pressed right up against the cap ceiling, with Chris Pronger’s LTIR relief the only thing keeping it under. It’s also unclear exactly what facet the Flyers would seek to improve through a deal, as everybody is struggling right now -- and that includes goalie Steve Mason, who’s arguably been the team’s MVP this year.

Mason has allowed four goals three times already in December and looked shaky in a 5-4 shootout loss to Washington on Sunday, most notably on Dmitry Orlov’s speculative, long-range shot late in the third period.

Snider was insistent the club is ready to fix whatever problems need fixing.

“This is something that can be corrected and that is something we are going to do.” he said. “However we have to do it.”