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Keith Jones understands "major challenge" ahead in making Flyers contender again

Gallen of Questions Podcast, Ep. 22: Keith Jones
Gallen of Questions Podcast, Ep. 22: Keith Jones 22:53

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Former Flyer and broadcaster Keith Jones is now the team's president of hockey operations. After nine years as a player and 17 years in the TV booth, Jones is moving upstairs to run the entire franchise.

Jones appeared on the latest Gallen of Questions Podcast episode to talk about the job ahead and how to fix the issues. 

"Well, number one, we need to get younger. We need to get more talent," Jones said. "We need to make sure we draft extremely well and we need to develop some of the young talent that we have within our system, including Cutter Gauthier, who looks like a very important player for us in the future."

As a result of the Flyers' recent struggles, some fans may feel apathetic toward the franchise. 

The Flyers are coming off a 31-38-13 season where they failed to make the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons.

Philadelphia hasn't made it to the postseason since the 2019-20 season, where it lost in the second round in seven rounds to the New York Islanders in the second round.

So what does Jones say to the Flyers fans who have lost faith in the organization recently? 

"When fans become apathetic to an organization, they stop listening and paying attention," Jones said. "We want to give them a reason to come back. We also hear the ones that are disgruntled. We hear the ones that are still interested but are angry."

"We want you. We want your opinion," Jones added. "We're listening and we want to make it right. We're not there right now, we understand that. But there is no question a major challenge in trying to start to climb up the sports landscape here in Philadelphia." 

Jones thinks he can handle the Flyers' rebuild, but can he handle a Gallen of Questions? 

Favorite athlete outside of hockey?

Jones: "I'm going to say, Bryce Harper."

What's the hardest hit he's taken during his playing days?

Jones: "Richard Pilon. He hit me with a left, I thought he was a righty. My helmet flew across the ice. I don't remember much after that."

Who's the most ridiculous Flyers teammate he's ever had?

Jones: "I think Alexandre Daigle was ridiculous. He was ridiculously funny and in an under the radar type way. A real character, but he had a lot of pizzazz." 

What's the best part of Philadelphia?

Jones: "The people. There's no question about that. They are awesome." 

The full Gallen of Questions podcast can be watched in the video player above.

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