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.
June 24, 1994 |
Terry Murray, who was hired yesterday as the Flyers' new coach, wasn't the most well-known player when he was on the team two decades ago. In fact, his career as a Flyers defenseman was rather forgettable. In 115 games over four seasons, Murray had 31 points and 69 penalty minutes. A mere blip in the club's 27-year history. But Murray absorbed the essence of those Flyers teams. He learned that hard work, dedication and defense - as basic and corny as that sounds - really do pay off in the NHL. That's why the 43-year-old native of Shawville, Quebec, was hired yesterday as the team's 10th coach.
May 21, 1994 |
The Flyers rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic yesterday. Five weeks after the ship sank again. After missing the NHL playoffs for a fifth straight spring, the Flyers decided that Terry Simpson was not the man to lead them again next season. So yesterday, five weeks after the regular season ended, they fired their third coach in three years. In dismissing the tight-lipped, stone-faced, gum-chewing Simpson after only one season, the Flyers took the latest step in their unchecked downturn and created the shortest coaching tenure in the history of this city's once- proudest sports franchise.
April 26, 1992 |
Those underachieving, unpredictable Minnesota North Stars are at it again. Just a year after they surprised even themselves by making it to the Stanley Cup finals, the North Stars are giving the favored Detroit Red Wings fits in the Norris Division semifinals. Won't those guys ever learn? According to general manager Bobby Clarke, the Stars, who were up three games to one after Friday's game, are succeeding in the playoffs for the second straight year for the same reasons they won last season: good goaltending and defensive intimidation.
June 9, 1990 |
For the past seven weeks, Bob Clarke kept his emotions in check. Whatever pain he felt following his dismissal as Flyers general manager, he kept buried inside. Yesterday, following his introduction as the new vice president and general manager of the Minnesota North Stars, Clarke finally opened up. He made it clear that while he was happy in his new National Hockey League home, he was deeply wounded by what happened to him in Philadelphia. "It has been brutal (since the firing)
May 20, 1990 |
Bobby Clarke, the hockey player, carved out a Hall of Fame career with a competitiveness that his opponents found as irritating as a fever blister. Now, Bob Clarke, the job applicant for an NHL front-office position, has irritated some of the people who run the Detroit Red Wings. According to a source close to Detroit, the Red Wings are angry with Clarke for saying publicly that he was a candidate to become their next general manager. Angry because, as of now, Jim Devellano is still the Detroit GM. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press last week, Jim Lites, executive vice president of the Red Wings, theorized that Clarke and other candidates for the GM job in Minnesota are using the Red Wings to gain leverage in their negotiations with the North Stars by hinting that Detroit is looking for a GM. "We haven't interviewed anybody and we don't plan to interview anybody," Lites told the Free Press.
April 30, 1990 |
Nothing so much as the firing of hockey superstar Bobby Clarke as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers points up the obvious: After all is said and done, sports is first a business. Clarke's firing proves again that sports can be a cruel enterprise. But you would have thought that Hall of Famer Clarke would have been an exception because he spent the bulk of his playing days breathing life into an otherwise unspectacular franchise. Indeed, during the '70s Clarke was the franchise.
April 17, 1990 |
Naturally, there was some shock. And disbelief. Still, several Flyers who played with or for Bob Clarke said they could sense something like this was about to occur. Most of all, they find it difficult to envision the franchise without him. "I am (surprised), and I'm not," said Bob Taylor, a former teammate and current Flyers radio broadcaster. "I knew there were some changes coming at the end of the season. I just can't imagine him not being with the Flyers. " "I don't know what goes on behind the scenes," said Mark Howe, another ex-teammate and employee.
April 17, 1990 |
When he arrived here in 1969, a wide-eyed second-round draft pick from Western Canada, he wasn't even sure he would last through a Flyers training camp. But Bobby Clarke not only made the Flyers, he made them champions. Clarke's indomitable spirit and drive guided a youthful franchise to two Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s, in the process turning him into one of Philadelphia's sports legends. A city unfamiliar with hockey soon grew to admire the fierce passion with which Clarke and the Flyers played.