Esche lobs barb at Hitchcock
Flyers goaltender Bob Esche is a weird fellow, but the following quote from him in today's Courier-Post makes me think the troubled netminder is soon to be on his way out of Philadelphia:
Asked Monday about Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock's decision to start him against the Sabres, Esche said, "I don't try getting in his head, that's for sure. It's an empty place."It's difficult to know what to make of that, as Esche has a history of being sort of a joker with the press, but with this team in as much of a mess as it is right now, one would imagine this is the last thing Hitchcock wants to be dealing with. And given that the coach is on a long-term deal and has the ear of Flyers owner Ed Snider, it's not hard to see who will win out in a spat like this.
Hitchcock grew red-faced when told of Esche's comment and could only come back with the reply, "Tit for tat."
GM Bob Clarke's problem? Who in the world wants Robert Esche?
UPDATE With the score 9-1 in Buffalo and Esche still in goal, I think we can expect some fireworks following tonight's game.