It's been a chaotic time for those in the Flyers' organization.
With change comes a lot of moving parts.
One of those moving parts got a little lost the other day.
Scott Gordon felt the effects of all the hustle-bustle. The poor guy was just trying to get to his new job after being named the Flyers' interim head coach Monday.
He did everything right. He was following his directions and even studying up while on the commute.
Gordon was focused. Maybe a little too focused.
The new bench boss couldn't help but laugh when he shared the story after Tuesday's 3-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center.
There's been so much going on. I was telling the guys from TV, I was driving in here last night and speaking to the captains and a couple of the players that I knew, and I was so into the conversation that I looked up and I see a casino in front of me — I had driven into Atlantic City on the way to Voorhees. So it's been a bit of whirlwind here and I'm like, 'What just happened?' So what happened was I put the Skate Zone in and I got some other Skate Zone.
Hey, he's learning on the job — now he knows there are multiple Skate Zone facilities.
And Gordon's phone must have been buzzing nonstop Monday.
One of the first calls he received after taking the gig came from the man he was replacing.
A classy move from Dave Hakstol on the day the head coach was fired.
I wasn't expecting it, it kind of caught me off-guard. Hak and I, we didn't talk often but I felt like we had a good relationship. The first thing that he said was, 'I just want you to know that this is a really good group of guys. They care, they want to win … off the tracks a little bit right now.'
But I just felt that … usually when a team struggles, there seems like there's some dissension, there doesn't seem to be enthusiasm in the pregame skate, the meetings, the game tonight, on the bench. That [enthusiasm] was there.
Gordon didn't have any problem finding it.
This time, his directions were just fine.
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