December 11, 2000 |
Bill Barber's Stanley Cup championship rings and plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame got his old linemate Bobby Clarke off the hook with Flyers fans. After an embarrassing 5-1 Flyers loss in Detroit on Friday night, Clarke reluctantly decided that Craig Ramsay had to go. Yesterday he elevated Barber - his linemate on the Broad Street Bullies in the 1970s - to head coach. The move, Clarke's fifth coaching change since inheriting Terry Simpson from Russ Farwell in 1994, might have smacked of panic.
September 13, 2000
'Boys bounce back Rejoice, Eagles fans, the dreaded Dallas Cowboys have been vanquished - but the loss did not bother true Cowboys faithful. Before long, the 'Boys will be legitimate contenders again. True super-teams experience some down time during their years of dominance. Isn't that why Eagles fans despise the 'Boys so much? Maybe I'm living in the past, but what past do Eagles fans have to speak of? One meager Super Bowl appearance where you became the first team to lose to a wild card?
April 11, 2000 |
Bob Clarke paused in the middle of explaining his view of yet another dicey, potentially ugly situation erupting around the Flyers as they begin the Stanley Cup playoffs. Clarke looked at the reporters sitting in front of his desk and shook his head. "Nothing's ever easy around here, is it?" he asked. No, indeed. Here is the latest Flyers soap opera, stripped to essentials: Coach Roger Neilson, recovering from a stem-cell transplant to combat bone-marrow cancer, and bronzed from a 10-day visit to Clarke's condo in Sarasota, Fla., thinks he is ready to take charge again from interim coach Craig Ramsay.
March 30, 2000
Eric Lindros, Bobby Clarke and today's Flyers I say the "C" should be stripped from someone in the Flyers organization all right:the "C" being Bobby Clarke! He has mismanaged at every turn situations involving Eric Lindros ("Outspokenness costs Lindros his captain's 'C'," March 28). Lindros has sacrificed practically everything, including his health and more than likely what's left of his sanity, for an organization that seems to delight in disregarding and humiliating him. All he has left to give it is his very soul, and it now appears that they want even that.
July 17, 1998 |
Flyers coach Roger Neilson met with Eric Lindros yesterday and assured the star center that Neilson does not want Lindros to be traded. The two-hour meeting, which took place in Canada, was scheduled before trade rumors about Lindros surfaced on Wednesday. "I'm not even thinking about trading him," Neilson said in a telephone interview. "It would be crazy to speculate. He'll be here next year. That's what I think. That's what I'm counting on, anyway. " The meeting had been scheduled before broadcast reports out of Toronto had Lindros being sent to the Maple Leafs for forwards Mats Sundin and Mark Recchi.
February 13, 1998 |
Bob Clarke is back at center. The center of attention. With the main draw of the Olympic hockey tournament set to start today, issues raised here by the Canadian general manager suddenly are at the heart of the competition - at least for the Canadian and American teams. Three days ago, less than 24 hours after arriving in a nation where outspokenness is a vice, Clarke denigrated the U.S. team and vilified Gary Suter. Yesterday, Clarke's remarks surfaced at a U.S. team meeting, prompting someone to ask how Clarke, who once admitted breaking a Soviet star's ankle and captained the notorious Broad Street Bullies, could criticize anyone.
February 6, 1998 |
Be on alert, Trent Klatt. This warning is meant for you, Dainius Zubrus. Score. Or else. When the Olympic break is over, a kind of late-season training camp begins anew. "There's a gap between our top guys and our bottom guys that doesn't seem to be filling in too well," Flyers president and general manager Bobby Clarke said yesterday, after announcing the acquisition of yet another center/right wing, Vancouver's Mike Sillinger. "We've got to get more goals in our lineup and we think Mike can do that for us. He's a very competitive player.
September 25, 1994 |
The team player is in the office at the top of the stairs once again, sitting behind the desk in a room made heavy by dark wood and expectation. From the windows along a side wall, there is the half-light of the empty hockey rink, its clean ice waiting for the team to practice. "I've moved enough," Bobby Clarke says with a smile. "This is home. " Clarke - president, general manager and last great hope of the Philadelphia Flyers - keeps the outside world beyond the door of his office.