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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 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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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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October 24, 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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October 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger is as feisty off the ice as he was during his playing days. The former defenseman bristled at the suggestion that, by taking a job with the NHL's player-safety department on Friday, it is a conflict of interest because he is being paid by the Flyers for the next three seasons. Pronger said that he is "merely a sounding board" for Stephane Quintal, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, and that Quintal will hand out disciplinary measures. Pronger will not be permitted to make disciplinary recommendations on incidents involving the Flyers.
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October 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - Maybe Ed Snider's historically itchy trigger finger is to blame. Maybe the pundits just figure the Flyers won't be a very good team this year. Or, perhaps it's because Craig Berube was hired by Paul Holmgren, meaning he wouldn't necessarily be Ron Hextall's choice to coach the team. Either way, Las Vegas oddsmakers installed Berube with 4-to-1 odds to be the first coach fired in the NHL this season - behind only Toronto's Randy Carlyle and the Islanders' Jack Capuano.
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October 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - He has a seat on the Flyers' chartered plane. He attends every practice - even the two in Cape Cod last weekend - and usually sits alone. He doesn't spend much time around the locker room. He is always sharply dressed, wearing a suit, and his strawberry blond hair is neatly coiffed. He is not a coach. He is not part of the medical or public relations staff. He does not carry equipment bags or massage players' sore shoulders. In fact, the only hint that he works for the team is that he carries a computer bag emblazoned with the Flyers logo.
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October 3, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
CRAIG BERUBE is in midseason form. This can be a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to an NHL head coach finishing up his first-ever training camp. But when the team in front of you has been notorious for starting poorly over the last couple of seasons, it is, for him, the only way to go. So the quotes keep jumping from the page, as tonight the Flyers finish up a brutal preseason schedule that seems more like an act of revenge than one of negligence. He's "disappointed in our veterans and the way they performed" one night, fried at his shoddy defense the next.
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September 23, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THREE YEARS AGO, Brayden Schenn laced up for his first training camp with the Flyers with all eyes affixed to him. He was a highly touted first-round pick, referred to around hockey as the best player not yet skating in the NHL. It would be easy to look at Schenn's numbers - 40 goals and 43 assists in 183 games - and say that he hasn't quite lived up to the hype. There have been flashes, like the three-point game he produced against the Penguins in the playoffs during his rookie season.
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July 25, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE SOFT sell when Ron Hextall was promoted to the post of Flyers general manager in early May was that it was a natural evolution. Paul Holmgren repeated that he would not have lured Hextall away from Los Angeles the previous summer if he didn't anticipate this day; Hextall humbly contended that he would lean on Homer's counsel, and work alongside him. And while yesterday's casual interview in his Skate Zone offices contained all those subtexts (and...
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June 30, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT HAD BEEN a long 3 hours for Gary Bettman. He was lustily booed by a sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center no fewer than 35 times. Once, for a 4-minute span, Bettman was drowned out by a chorus of catcalls that peaked and waned then peaked again. As he left the building after the first round of the NHL draft, Bettman was . . . elated? "It could not have been better. I think it's great," Bettman said. "To have that energy in this building like that?" If nothing else, Flyers fans bring energy.
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June 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER MOVING to a number of different franchises throughout hockey, Gord Murphy is returning to the place where his career began. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced yesterday that Murphy has been hired as an assistant coach to serve under Craig Berube. Murphy, 47, will coach the Flyers' defense. He and Berube were teammates together for parts of three seasons, from 1988-91. Murphy has been an assistant coach in the NHL since 2002 - most recently working with Florida under Kevin Dineen before he was fired on Nov. 8, 2013.
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