October 24, 2006 |
He enjoyed the experience of being a boss with the Phantoms - a post he held for all of six games into his first season as a head coach. Now, former Flyer Craig Berube is back in the NHL. Yesterday, Berube became an assistant coach under John Stevens on the reshuffled Flyers' staff. Another former Flyer and Phantoms assistant, Kjell Samuelsson, took over as Phantoms head coach. One of his first tasks will be to find an assistant coach. Berube joins a staff that includes one of his former Flyers coaches, Terry Murray, and Stevens, who replaced Ken Hitchcock on a shattering Sunday in which Hitchcock was fired and general manager Bob Clarke resigned.
January 16, 1997 |
Terry Murray was more than happy to put his whistle on the office shelf for the next three days, as the NHL breaks for the 47th All-Star Game, to be held Saturday in San Jose. Murray, the Flyers' coach, held an early practice yesterday, then told his players he didn't want to see them until Sunday afternoon, when the team will reconvene minus All-Stars John LeClair, Eric Lindros, Paul Coffey and Dale Hawerchuk, who will still be en route from San Jose. The Flyers will go a solid week without playing, from Tuesday's 3-2 home victory over Montreal to this coming Tuesday's home date with Dallas.
January 17, 1997 |
Even after the Flyers acquired Paul Coffey last month, there was speculation that the club might trade for a tough, crease-clearing defensemen before the season was over. Yesterday's announcement that 38-year-old Kjell Samuelsson had undergone surgery Wednesday night to repair a ruptured disk in his neck could change speculation to fact in the near future. Club sources say Samuelsson will miss from six to eight weeks, even though he is being listed as out "indefinitely. " Samuelsson had been bothered by pain in his left shoulder and neck for three weeks after being hurt in an incident that involved teammate Karl Dykhuis.
July 11, 1995 |
As a weary Bob Clarke prepared to leave the NHL entry draft floor Saturday night in Edmonton, he knew he had one piece of unfinished business that might hinder his vacation plans. "We'd hoped to sign Kevin Dineen today," Clarke, the Flyers' president and general manager, said that day. "We got back to his agent (Steve Bartlett) to accept the latest terms they'd proposed, but the agent couldn't get hold of Kevin. " Veteran winger Dineen, a Flyer since 1991, remained on a fishing trip yesterday, but somehow, contact was established, and the Flyers announced the free agent agreed to terms.
March 13, 1989 |
Had Pat Croce been the last one standing next to George Armstrong Custer, the last stand would have been nothing but "great. " Six Flyers - Ron Sutter, Ron Hextall, Mark Howe, Murray Craven, Kjell Samuelsson and Ilkka Sinisalo - missed last night's 3-3 tie with the Whalers. But Croce, the team's Sultan of Sweat, says the Flyers have never been so healthy this late in the season. "Honest," said Croce, the team's rehabilitation and conditioning coach. "Usually at this time of year, the guys who are out of the lineup are only the tip of the iceberg.
April 24, 1989 |
The targets were Penguins Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey, and for Kjell Samuelsson and Derrick Smith, the strategy was clear: Punish the Penguins' two superstars and watch the rest of their teammates wither. As it turned out, the hits unleashed by Samuelsson and Smith last night at the Spectrum were pivotal in the Flyers' win over Pittsburgh. Smith is the burly left winger who plays checking defense like a windup doll gone berserk. His task in this series is to rattle Coffey's bones every chance he gets; to prevent this roadrunner of a defenseman from revving Pittsburgh's offense with his dashing rushes up ice. Last night, Smith banged into Coffey so often that the defenseman must have temporarily lost his mind, because he finished the game throwing some punches at Craig Berube, the Flyers' policeman.
January 24, 1991 |
Flyers coach Paul Holmgren isn't entirely sure why he decided to break up his defense pairings a few games ago, or why Kjell Samuelsson ended up with Terry Carkner in the new scheme. But Holmgren knows he likes what he sees. Samuelsson, who is 6-6, 235, and Carkner, who is 6-3, 212, quickly have become the Twin Peaks of the Flyers' defense. Watching them break up opposition rushes, you'd think they have been working together all season. "I don't know if there's a bigger pairing in the league, and the way they're playing, I don't know if there's any that are better," Holmgren said yesterday, as his team prepared for tonight's Spectrum contest against the Washington Capitals.
September 14, 2000 |
Paul Holmgren remembers Kjell Samuelsson's debut with the Flyers, 14 years ago. "[The Islanders'] Duane Sutter hit him, broke his nose. He went in, got it straightened out, came back, got it broken again," Holmgren recalled. "That got everybody in his corner, right there. " Holmgren, now the Flyers' assistant general manager, was an assistant coach to Mike Keenan back in '86. The Flyers and professional hockey were quite different. Only a few Europeans had played for the Flyers.
May 6, 1987 |
If the Flyers backed themselves into a position in which they had to move Bob Froese, then there is no question they got the right guy for him. Kjell Samuelsson, who became a Flyer by trade in December, has been a carpenter by trade for seven years. He could have built the scaffold from which Bobby Clarke would have been hung had Froese and his new employers, the New York Rangers, stoned the Flyers out of the playoffs in the first round. And then the critics would have tried to hang Samuelsson, too, just on general principle.
April 3, 1997 |
The quiet at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., was unusual for a weekday morning during hockey season. The halls were empty, the rink was dark and the nets were rested upside down on top of the benches. The team's players and coaches were in Myrtle Beach, S.C., taking advantage of a break in their schedule to get a couple of days of golf and relaxation by the pool. Through the stillness, however, came one sound. It was the repeated chink of metal hitting metal, and it came from the weight room.