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Quick Hits: Trotz, TIFH (Stanley Cup 1 anniversary)

May 19, 2022, 7:02 AM ET [307 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Quick Hits: May 19, 2022

1) According to multiple reports, the Flyers will interview head coach candidate Barry Trotz on Friday. It's not a question of whether Trotz is a good fit for the Flyers. The question is whether Trotz would opt to come to the Flyers rather than accept an offer to return home to Manitoba to join the Winnipeg Jets, seek a coaching opportunity with the Vegas Golden Knights, prefer a possible management role with the Nashville Predators (whom he coached for the first 15 years of the team's existence) or pursue other opportunities in the NHL. Trotz, who will turn 60 on July 15, is in the enviable position of being able to handpick his next destination and name his price.

Of particular interest to the Flyers: After winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2017-18, Trotz was instrumental in the turnaround of the New York Islanders. In 2017-18, the Islanders missed the playoffs by 18 points and had the NHL's worst goals against average. That offseason, the Islanders lost John Tavares to unrestricted free agency and did not have major additions to the roster. Nonetheless, Trotz got the team to buy in to his structured system and the team went from the NHL's worst GAA to the best in a single season. The next two seasons after that, the Islanders reached the Eastern Conference Final (beating the Flyers in seven games in the 2020 playoffs).

2) Today in Flyers History: May 19, 1974

On this date in 1974, the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins at the Spectrum, 1-0, in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers won the series, four games to two, and captured the first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.

Boston forward Terry O'Reilly was called for a hooking penalty at 13:58 of the first period. Fifty seconds into the Flyers' power play, center Rick MacLeish deflected Andre "Moose" Dupont's shot past Boston goaltender Gilles Gilbert to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. It would be the only goal of the game. Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent stopped all 30 Bruins shots to record the shutout. Parent was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

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