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Flyers Replace Cashman As Coach

March 9, 1998

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Flyers today demoted head coach Wayne Cashman to an assistant and named Roger Neilson to replace him despite the team’s 32-20-9 record.

General manager Bobby Clarke has been critical of Cashman’s coaching style, saying the team lacked aggressiveness.

Philadelphia has 73 points, third-most in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, but has lost eight of its last 12 games.

Neilson, 63, has coached the New York Rangers, Toronto, Buffalo, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Florida. Most recently, he’s been an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues.

Cashman’s tenure of 61 games is the shortest for any Flyers coach. He replaced Terry Murray after the Flyers were swept by Detroit Red in last year’s Stanley Cup final.

Clarke met Neilson at Philadelphia International Airport early this morning, The Philadelphia Daily News reported today. Both refused to answer questions.

Cashman, 53, earns $400,000 this season and has two years left on his $2.45 million contract.

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