Keith Jones joined The Anthony Gargano Show in studio on Tuesday to discuss a new era for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The President of Hockey Operations talked about the new front office, confidence in head coach John Tortorella, his relationship with the city of Philadelphia, and even some Eagles football.
Jones played 554 combined regular-season and playoff games in nine NHL seasons. He spent his final 155 games with the Flyers before retiring in 2000.
He has spent over two decades as a national and local broadcaster since retiring from the NHL.
The Flyers have missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons for only the second time in franchise history.
They’ve slipped into a tense situation under pressure to succeed for a fan base starved for playoff success.
Jones is well-versed in the 56-year history of the franchise. He will now face the uphill battle of fixing an unfavorable salary cap position and reversing a multilayered mess in Philadelphia.
The “New Era of Orange”
Newly-appointed franchise governor Dan Hilferty has ushered in a “New Era of Orange” under the leadership of Jones and general manager (GM) Danny Briere.
The Flyers have already taken intense criticism for hiring more alumni to executive positions.
However, the new mission for Jones and the front office is to solve the problem that Anthony brought up on Tuesday.
“Growing up in this town, that Flyer family thing was legit, and when Ed (Snider) passed, it felt like part of that went away.” -Anthony Gargano
Despite all the backlash Flyers fans have given to the team and the organization during a truly disastrous three-year period, all they really want is to see the Orange and Black raise the Stanley Cup once again.
How does Keith Jones plan to make that happen? He discussed seven key points with Anthony.