AFTER A SEASON and a half, the Flyers fired Phantoms coach Joe Paterson on Tuesday. It comes after Adirondack’s best single-season AHL record (37-35-4) since the franchise moved there from Philadelphia in 2009.
“As an organization, we feel the Phantoms need a new voice moving forward,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “We feel a new direction is needed at this time.”
Paterson, a former Flyer, was named the Phantoms’ head coach on Dec. 20, 2010. He posted a combined record of 62-55-8 in 125 games. Adirondack finished five points back of a playoff spot in a tightly contested Eastern Conference, despite missing most of its top players — like Erik Gustafsson, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall — as injury replacements for the Flyers.