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.
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.