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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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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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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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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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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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May 29, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TWO MONTHS after Radel Fazleev commanded the attention of Flyers president Paul Holmgren and top Western Canada scout Mark Greig during a visit in Calgary, Fazleev has checked off one of his career goals. The Flyers signed Fazleev, a low-risk, high-reward sixth-round pick to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday. Fazleev, picked 168th overall last June, wowed Holmgren during one of his Calgary Hitmen games when the Flyers were at the Saddledome in March. He played in just about every situation in Calgary, on the second-unit power play and penalty kill, and earned a reputation for his hunger for loose pucks.
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May 22, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Jim Montgomery played with Ron Hextall and coached against Dave Hakstol, and he regards them with the same measure of respect, with an appreciation for each's intelligence and open-mindedness. He was a fourth-line center on the 1994-95 Flyers, on a club that reached the Eastern Conference finals with Hextall as its No. 1 goaltender, and over Montgomery's two seasons as a college hockey head coach, his teams at the University of Denver played Hakstol's at North Dakota to a draw: three victories for Denver, three for ND, one tie. He knows the Flyers well.
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May 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
By selecting the University of North Dakota's Dave Hakstol to direct the Flyers, first-year general manager Ron Hextall showed he is a risk-taker. "I was never a guy when I played to make the careful move or careful play," Hextall said after he surprised the hockey world by selecting a coach from the collegiate ranks on Monday. "It was always do what you think is right, do it your best, and that's what I feel like I have done by hiring Dave. I believe he is going to be a terrific hire for this organization.
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May 20, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Dave Hakstol was talking to a TV camera in another room of the Wells Fargo Center, a city that pays little attention to college hockey still buzzing and puzzled by his ascension to the NHL, and Ron Hextall descended from a dais and stepped in front of a black drape dotted with Flyers insignias. Before Hextall, the Flyers' general manager, began answering follow-up questions about his decision to hire Hakstol as the team's head coach, his predecessor, Paul Holmgren, approached him. The two had carpooled to the news conference from the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, and Holmgren grabbed Hextall's left hand, turned it palm-side up, and dropped a ring of car keys into it. "I'll drive myself back," Holmgren said to him. Ten months have passed since Hextall replaced Holmgren as GM, but for reasons of substance and symbolism, Monday marked the true beginning of Hextall's tenure - and of a new era for the Flyers franchise.
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May 19, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Jon Cooper is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jon Marchessault is a 24-year-old center who has appeared in two regular-season games and two postseason games for the Lightning. Jonathan Drouin is a 20-year-old left winger who was Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick in 2013 and scored four goals in 70 games as a rookie this season. Braydon Coburn is around these three men every day, and maybe it speaks to how fully he has assimilated himself into the Lightning's culture and environment since the Flyers traded him 21/2 months ago that, when he was asked Sunday to reflect on that trade, he misidentified the man who made it. "There's a new GM there in Jon Hextall," Coburn said after the Lightning, down one game to none to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals, practiced at Madison Square Garden.
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May 8, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
PLUG IN Sam Hinkie's name to the YouTube search bar and here are some of the top entries: "Sam Hinkie on Patience and Analytics"; "Sam Hinkie at the 2014 Draft Lottery"; And, my personal favorite, "Who is Sam Hinkie?" Plug in Chip Kelly's name to the YouTube search bar and you get an assortment of press conferences, play breakdowns and, as of yesterday, some ridiculous race-baiting from the mouth of LeSean McCoy. Plug in Ruben Amaro Jr. and there are even more press conferences, even one of him crying as he fired Charlie Manuel as manager in the summer of 2013.
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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued their coaching carousel Friday. Craig Berube was fired after the Flyers failed to make the playoffs in his first full season with the team. The Flyers went 33-31-18, including a 10-20-11 mark on the road. Overall, they were just 8-18 in games that went beyond regulation, and 3-11 in shootouts. General manager Ron Hextall, Berube's teammate during five of his seasons with the Flyers, said the dismissal was not an easy decision. "Craig Berube is a good friend of mine," Hextall said.
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April 15, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If the Flyers fire Craig Berube this week - and the drumbeat emanating from Ice Station Groundhog is certainly familiar - the lucky new coach, whomever he is, will be the team's 10th in the last 20 years. It's quite a list, traveling all the way from Terry Murray to Berube, with station stops at Wayne Cashman, Roger Neilson, Craig Ramsay, Bill Barber, Ken Hitchcock, John Stevens and Peter Laviolette. Here's the funny thing about the coaches on that list, and it tells you more about the nature of the franchise than it does about the respective abilities of the coaches or the quality of the teams with which they were entrusted.
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April 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After they play their final three games this week and then watch the playoffs on TV, the sad reality will hit the Flyers: They wasted a career season by goalie Steve Mason - despite what a certain NBC "analyst" says about him. Mason, who turns 27 next month and believes he has not yet reached his prime, has finally given the Flyers an elite goaltender. But despite his being among the NHL's leaders in save percentage and goals-against average, the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.
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March 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
EDMONTON, Alberta - The countdown is underway to the end of another Flyers season without a Stanley Cup. The Flyers, Cup-less since 1975, have eight games left after Saturday's matchup in Edmonton, and they will miss the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. A year removed from an impressive 42-27-10 record under first-year coach Craig Berube - and a seven-game playoff loss to a New York Rangers team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals - the Flyers have regressed. They took a 29-29-15 record into Saturday and had lost eight straight road games.
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