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January 14, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers have hired Paul Holmgren to scout other NHL teams, general manager Bob Clarke said yesterday. Clarke also indicated that Bill Barber, who stepped down as director of pro scouting to replace Jay Leach as head coach of the minor-league Hershey Bears, had the inside track to become coach of the Flyers' expansion American Hockey League team next season. Holmgren, fired as head coach of the Hartford Whalers on Nov. 6, was head coach of the Flyers from 1988 to '91, and served as an assistant to Mike Keenan before taking over.
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March 20, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who has been criticized for the team's tumble, is not in danger of losing his job, according to a source close to the situation. "Look at his body of work. He's done a very good job," the source said. "He's not going anywhere. " Entering Monday's game against Tampa Bay, the Flyers were 13-15-1 and 11th in the Eastern Conference. Holmgren is in his seventh season as the Flyers' GM. In 2007-08, Holmgren's first full season in the position, the Flyers collected 95 points after registering just 56 points the previous season.
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June 28, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WHAT ROLE did Flyers chairman Ed Snider play in bringing Ilya Bryzgalov to Philadelphia in 2011? For now, it seems like we won't know the precise answer to that question. Snider declined requests for interviews yesterday, opting instead to issue a statement on Bryzgalov's $23 million buyout. Snider, 80, was said to have been traveling. "I fully support Paul Holmgren in his decision to use our final compliance buyout for Ilya Bryzgalov," Snider said in the statement. "It was a very difficult decision from a financial standpoint, but if Bryz remained a Flyer, the dollars would be far greater in a shorter timeframe.
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June 26, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH — Paul Holmgren was standing in the bowels of the Consol Energy Center, briefcase in tow, after restocking the Flyers' farm system in the 50th annual NHL daft with picks that will take years to grade. He was asked whether he was disappointed that the Flyers did not make a big, headline-stealing splash in Pittsburgh to upend the host Penguins. Holmgren chuckled, already knowing that he was knee-deep in negotiations with the Maple Leafs to bring Luke Schenn to Philadelphia.
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February 18, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As their reeling team tried to regroup from its latest clunker, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and general manager Paul Holmgren were given a vote of confidence Sunday. Asked whether the Flyers' dismal start had put the jobs of the head coach and the general manager in jeopardy, Peter Luukko didn't hesitate. "Absolutely not," said Luukko, president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. "We just need to be patient, and to even think the general manager or coach are in trouble [is false]
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February 19, 2001 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stalemate. That's the best way to describe the state of negotiations between the Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs on a potential trade of Eric Lindros' rights. Yesterday, players, coaches, and even Maple Leafs owner Steve Stavro railed over what they said had become such a huge distraction that it was hurting the struggling Leafs, who have been fighting for a playoff berth but are falling in the Eastern Conference standings. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Flyers management and scouts met for what they said was a routine meeting and went home in the early afternoon without hearing from the Leafs.
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March 16, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
General manager Paul Holmgren said he was not considering a coaching change, and he criticized the Flyers' "compete" level during an impromptu news conference at the team's practice facility in Voorhees on Thursday. At first, Holmgren gave coach Peter Laviolette a seemingly lukewarm endorsement. Asked if Laviolette was on the hot seat, Holmgren said, "I don't think so. " Holmgren later added: "I haven't even thought about" making a coaching change, and he was "not at the point" of consummating a major trade.
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March 8, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For all his good work in the last two-plus seasons, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren deserves a mulligan. If managing a hockey team is described in golf terms, Holmgren has been under par on most of the courses he has played since assuming his duties on Nov. 11, 2006. But, backed against the $56.7 million salary cap because of his previous moves, he scored a triple-bogey recently. First, he tried to clear cap space by sneaking popular veterans Glen Metropolit and Ossi Vaananen through waivers.
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November 2, 2006 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' search for a new general manager won't stop at the door of Colin Campbell. The club announced yesterday that Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations and chief disciplinarian, had declined to be a candidate for the job. "Colin Campbell and I have been friends for a very long time, and we both have worked closely together on the NHL's competition committee," club chairman Ed Snider said in a statement.? "When Bob Clarke announced his resignation on Oct. 22, I contacted Colin and we had a discussion about the general manager position," Snider said.
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May 21, 2008 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Losing to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals, the Flyers realized, in the words of coach John Stevens, that they have to "close the gap" between themselves and others. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday that he wants to see what the Penguins do in the Stanley Cup Finals and in their bid to re-sign 12 unrestricted free agents this summer. Pittsburgh will look very different next fall. The gap between the Penguins and Flyers could shrink between July 1, when free agency begins, and early October, when the season starts.
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January 29, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The Flyers have a problem, and here's the twisted irony of it: If their general manager, Ron Hextall, were more impetuous and less focused on the team's long-term improvement - if the Flyers, that is, were to act more like the Flyers used to act - they might actually solve it. The problem is simple: The Flyers don't score goals. Ahead of their game Wednesday night in Washington against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, the Flyers ranked 29th out of the NHL's 30 teams this season in goals per game, at 2.24 - this, after ranking 22nd (2.62)
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January 11, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
If Flyers general manager Ron Hextall isn't named the NHL's executive of the year - or at least made an honorary certified public accountant - some people haven't been paying attention. In his 20 months on the job, Hextall has traded the contract of an injured player, Chris Pronger, who will never play again; dealt away seldom-used Vinny Lecavalier; who had two-plus seasons left on a contract that absorbed a $4.5 million annual cap hit; and stockpiled draft picks. In short, Hextall has done an amazing job cleaning up his predecessor's messes.
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January 9, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
ST. PAUL, Minn. - When Paul Holmgren was general manager, he made many strong deals, transforming the Flyers from the worst team in hockey in 2006-07 to a conference finalist the following season. But two moves he made later in his tenure - acquiring stay-at-home defenseman Luke Schenn for blossoming left winger James van Riemsdyk, and signing free-agent Vinny Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million contract - did not work out as planned. Fact is, they set the team back on a number of levels.
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December 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - This Ghost looks to be for real, folks. Oh, Shayne Gostisbehere still has defensive flaws, no question. But he is improving in that area, and his speed, offensive creativity, and hockey IQ make him one of the Flyers' most exciting young players in the last several decades. Two others come quickly to mind: Eric Lindros and current captain Claude Giroux. When Lindros joined the Flyers in 1992-93, he brought talent that had not been seen in a player his size.
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November 18, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
THE TWO lasting memories of being a Flyer, in Simon Gagne's mind, are pretty fitting ones, mostly because of the way they bookend his significant time in Philadelphia. The first, he told reporters on a conference call Friday, was his rookie season. The 1999-2000 season, a year after the Flyers selected the Quebec native 22nd overall, saw the Flyers fall one game short of reaching the Stanley Cup Final. But Gagne scored 20 goals and tallied 28 assists that season, turning 20 in February.
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November 10, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Funny how timing can mean everything to a hockey team. If the Flyers had started their five-game road trip by beating Buffalo and then lost four straight, it would have been perceived as a disastrous journey. But as it turned out, the Flyers lost their first four games and ended the grueling trip with their best effort since they defeated the powerful Rangers two weeks ago. They received a lights-out performance from Michal Neuvirth (again) on Saturday and defeated a good Winnipeg team, 3-0, at the earsplitting MTS Centre.
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November 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Towering defenseman Chris Pronger played with the Flyers only for three years, but he made a lasting impression, steering the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his only full season with the team. "He brought a tremendous presence to the rink - both defensively and offensively. He could defend. He could make plays like nobody," Paul Holmgren, the Flyers' president, said in a phone conversation Saturday. "He was one of the best defensemen who ever played. " That's why Pronger, who turned 41 last month, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. Hay and Karmanos were selected in the "builder" category.
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October 28, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
PLAYING JUNIOR hockey in Canada doesn't usually provide the typical college experience during the ages of 18 to 20. That's not to say what Daniel Briere - who played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - is doing now is any different, really. Consider Briere's new business school training more of an apprenticeship than a traditional college. He's getting a crash course in the business of hockey. After the Gatineau, Quebec, native retired from a 17-season NHL career over the summer, Briere, 38, was approached by Flyers president Paul Holmgren, who asked the six-year Flyers forward whether he wanted the opportunity to learn.
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October 12, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
ON THE HEELS of what many called a highly successful offseason, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made it clear in his actions the last few weeks that, despite making plenty of transactions since taking over last May, he's taking the long approach. As if going outside the box and hiring coach Dave Hakstol from a college program instead of going after proven NHL coaches wasn't proof enough, the swiftness with which he exercised his option of sending top prospects Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim back to juniors early on in training camp proved that approach.
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October 9, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Flyers open their schedule Thursday night in Tampa and right up until the last moments of their preparations, absolutely no one connected to the organization uttered the "R" word concerning the regular season ahead. "My expectation is not only to make the playoffs, but to hopefully make a run. Otherwise, what do we play for?" forward Jakub Voracek said after practice on Wednesday, just before the team boarded the plane for Florida. "Obviously, we have some young guys coming up, but I don't think this team is rebuilding.
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