Farwell Has Shot At Clarke's Old Job

Posted: June 30, 1994

HARTFORD — The irony would be so delicious, it can't possibly really happen, but for what it's worth, former Flyers general manager Russ Farwell is in the running for the job Bob Clarke left in Florida.

Clarke replaced Farwell two weeks ago, offering Farwell a chance to stay with the organization in an unspecified job. Farwell indicated he wasn't much interested in staying, and wanted to see what was out there.

That Panthers GM job, obviously, is out there. Farwell confirmed that he met last weekend with Panthers president Bill Torrey. The only other candidate whose name has become public is Bryan Murray. Murray, fired recently as the Detroit Red Wings' GM, was the other finalist with Farwell four years ago, when then-Flyers president Jay Snider was hiring a successor to Clarke.

"Bill Torrey stopped by on his way to the draft and we talked about it," Farwell said yesterday from his South Jersey home. "I haven't heard back."

Torrey said there are "12 or 13 people that have certain qualifications that I've spoken to. Russ Farwell is one. Bryan Murray is another."

However, a Florida report said Torrey only had met face-to-face with three candidates, Farwell presumably among them.

Torrey indicated that after he returns to Florida, he will sit down with Panthers owner H. Wayne Huizenga and hash out exactly how the organization will be structured. Now that the Panthers have been in the league a year, and the pace has slowed, it is possible that Torrey can handle the GM duties, that he will hire some sort of an assistant who will have less clout than Clarke had.

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