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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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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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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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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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December 6, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Paul Holmgren, who has spent 36 seasons in the Flyers organization and is in his first year as club president, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly were honored Thursday as co-winners of the Lester Patrick Trophy for their outstanding service to hockey in the United States. The event took place as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Minneapolis, near where Holmgren grew up. Holmgren, 59, a former Flyers player, coach, and general manager, has been involved in furthering the sport in various roles for USA Hockey.
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December 5, 2014 | BY SAMUEL WIGNESS, For the Daily News
MINNEAPOLIS - Flyers president Paul Holmgren joined the prestigious list of Lester Patrick Trophy winners last night at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony. The ceremony, led by ESPN's Steve Levy, honored 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Karyn Bye Dietz, Brian Rafalski, Jeff Sauer and Lou Vairo, and Lester Patrick Award winners Holmgren and Bill Daly. Nearly 500 people watched as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman paid tribute to the efforts of Holmgren and Daly and presented the trophies.
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December 5, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE LITTLE BROTHER wouldn't go away. Mark Holmgren would sneak off to join his friends on the baseball diamond, on the football field, would try to skate his way from the small house in East St. Paul, Minn., to the outdoor rink two blocks away. There, little brother would be, almost always, a step behind. Welcome or not. Almost always, he was not. "We were real competitive with each other," Paul Holmgren, the Flyers president, said this week. "It wasn't the same brother relationship that a lot of people have.
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December 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Your first impulse is that the Flyers, losers of eight of their last nine games, can't get any lower. Then you quickly realize they are playing their next four games on the road, where they have lost seven straight, and you wonder whether Craig Berube will still be the coach when the team plays its next game at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 11 - or whether general manager Ron Hextall has Dan Bylsma on his speed dial. To be fair, Berube deserves only a little bit of the blame.
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November 26, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Pat Quinn, according to Flyers president Paul Holmgren, was someone whom those in sports like to call "a player's coach. " "I think most of us would've done whatever he asked us to do," Holmgren, who played for the team in each of Quinn's 4 years as head coach, said yesterday by phone. "Run through that wall? Sure. How many bricks do you want left over? We would've done anything for him. " Holmgren, a member of the 1979-80 club that "The Big Irishman" led to a 35-game unbeaten streak and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, is among many in the hockey world mourning the loss of Quinn, who died Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness.
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November 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Pat Quinn, who coached the Flyers to an NHL-record 35-game unbeaten streak in 1979-80, died Sunday night in Vancouver at age 71 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Quinn was a big man with a gruff exterior, but he had a soft, caring side, said his former players. "Next to Fred Shero, Pat was the best coach who ever coached here," said Flyers executive Bob Clarke, who played for Mr. Quinn during the remarkable 35-game streak. "He changed the way the game was played in those days.
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November 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Lindros and John LeClair were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame on Thursday, and during a stirring, 30-minute ceremony, both said the fans pushed their careers to a higher level. "You guys are awesome," LeClair told the standing fans before a banner with his name and his former linemate's was raised to the rafters. "You didn't accept losing. " LeClair, 45, then thanked the fans for "the continuous energy" they gave him. Lindros, 41, had a similar theme. "Night in and night out, you brought passion to the Wells Fargo Center," he said.
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October 30, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SCARS have healed. They don't always, you know. Not in Philadelphia. Former Flyers captain Mike Richards returned with the Los Angeles Kings for the third time since the colossal trades in the summer of 2011 that subtracted him and his buddy, sniper Jeff Carter, from the roster. They, of course, won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. Last night, Richards endured a smattering of obligatory boos when he was announced before the game, but he was not subjected to derision every shift.
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October 29, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WHEN PAUL Holmgren was promoted to Flyers team president last May, he didn't pack any boxes. Unlike his predecessor, Peter Luukko, who also served as Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer, Holmgren didn't want or need a cushy office at Wells Fargo Center. For one, keeping his old digs at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., allowed him to stay closer to his South Jersey home. More importantly, with an office window that overlooks the ice, Holmgren could remain close enough to feel the heartbeat of the team he has spent almost his entire adult life employed by. "I'm still around the hockey team enough to feel the excitement of it," Holmgren said.
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October 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Anyone who has spent any length of time in downtown Allentown in their lifetime probably would not have believed the scene on Hamilton Street last night if not for witnessing it firsthand. As the sun slid past the horizon on an unseasonably warm October night, hundreds of orange-clad fans in Flyers jerseys mingled outside bars on patios, sipping beers. Steps away, the buzz of Opening Night beckoned inside PPL Center - a hockey palace regal enough for the NHL, but small enough to not look out of place in the Lehigh Valley.
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