September 16, 2013 |
Left winger Simon Gagne sharply criticized Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren in an interview with LaPresse, saying he was misled about getting a contract. Gagne, 33, who has said he wanted to finish his career with the Flyers, is an unrestricted free agent who is searching for a team. "All summer, the Philadelphia Flyers kept hinting that they wanted to offer me a new contract, and I even told Robert Sauve, my agent, not to negotiate with other teams," Gagne told LaPresse, a French-language daily in Montreal.
December 4, 1991 |
Paul Holmgren's rocky reign as head coach of the Flyers ended today with the announcement he'd been fired. He was replaced by Bill Dineen, now a scout with the team and father of winger Kevin Dineen. The announcement, made at the Spectrum by general manager Russ Farwell, was hardly unexpected. The Flyers have an 8-14-2 record so far this season and are 0-6-1 in their last seven games. Farwell said he "didn't have the luxury to wait" any longer before making the change. He said Holmgren had been informed of his dismissal earlier this morning.
November 19, 1993 |
Paul Holmgren stood in a Spectrum corridor last night, right in front of the gate that was erected in his honor. The gate swings closed between the locker rooms whenever players from opposing hockey teams are thrown out of a game. It was installed in 1977, after Holmgren and Boston's Wayne Cashman went at each other in the corridor, continuing a disagreement that had begun on the ice. From all accounts, it was quite a melee, their skates sending up sparks from the concrete floor, security guards holding on for dear life.
January 15, 2013 |
ANDREJ MESZAROS is not ready to rule himself out of Saturday's season-opening clash against Pittsburgh just yet. Like a handful of his Flyers teammates, Meszaros hasn't skated in a competitive NHL game since May 8. But after tearing his Achilles' last July during a training exercise in his native Slovakia, he wasn't sure if he'd be ready for the start of the season - whenever that were to occur. "It's possible," Meszaros said after the Flyers' 2-hour skate on Monday. "I'd say it feels pretty good.
December 3, 1990 |
For several weeks, Mark Howe has been fighting a day-to-day battle with chronic back pain. Last night, Howe said he has decided it is time for a strategic retreat. Howe, who last played Nov. 25 at the Spectrum against the Islanders, said he will spend the next few weeks resting, doing some swimming and working out on a special back machine. His return will depend on when - and whether - his back pain diminishes. Although Howe remained upbeat, and said he wasn't considering retirement, many people around the team believe his distinguished career is flickering out. "I haven't been able to practice, and I've skated only once in the last seven or eight days," Howe, 35, said last night.
December 14, 2000 |
Sources close to the situation said veteran coach E.J. McGuire will be added to Bill Barber's Flyers staff. McGuire, who lives in Marlton, N.J., could not be reached for comment. But since leaving the New York Rangers organization last summer, he has done some scouting work for the Flyers, and he retains close ties with a number of people in the organization. McGuire and Flyers assistant general manager Paul Holmgren were assistant coaches together under then-Flyers coach Mike Keenan in the 1980s.
September 7, 2011 |
A bicycle mishap did to Paul Holmgren what many opposing hockey players couldn't: It put him in the hospital. Holmgren, who had a brawling career as a player and is now the Flyers general manager, was in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden on Tuesday, one day after he fell off his bike in Avalon. The 55-year-old Holmgren suffered a broken right shoulder and ribs, a Flyers spokesman said. The team did not know how long he would be in the hospital, but it is not expected to be a long stay.
May 27, 2010 |
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. phoned Paul Holmgren yesterday to wish the Flyers luck in the Stanley Cup finals. Having represented the National League in the last two World Series, Amaro knows what it's like to have the weight of the city on your shoulders. "The Phillies' success over the last few years has motivated our guys to be better," Holmgren told Amaro on the call. Multiple Flyers players have wondered aloud at what it would be like to be the center of a parade like the one the Phillies received in 2008 after capturing the city's first title in 25 years.
May 15, 2007 |
Flyers forward Ben Eager re-signed with the club yesterday, agreeing to a two-year, $1.2 million contract. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound left winger earned $646,000 last season. His new deal will see him earn less this coming year at $550,000 and then $650,000 in 2008-09. "Ben is another one of our younger players that continued to develop last season," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He is a big, physical presence on the ice and adds a key dimension to our lineup. We expect Ben to be an important part of our core of young players that we're going to continue to build upon.
June 9, 2007 |
The Flyers re-signed Swedish defenseman Lars Jonsson yesterday to a one-year, two-way contract. Jonsson likely won't start with the Flyers, but if he does, he will get a nice raise over the $450,000 he earned last season. He will be paid $600,000. "He told us he wanted to come back," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "We challenged him. He has to show us something more to be in the NHL. He's played some good games with the Phantoms, but he needs to take that next step. " Jonsson had a high-ankle sprain to open training camp and never quite found his skates.