June 15, 2010 |
The Flyers announced today that they have signed goaltender Johan Backlund to a multi-year contract extension, according to club general manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Backlund, 28, appeared in just one regular season game with the Flyers last season, going 0-1-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average. He missed the final seven regular season games with a lower body injury. During the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Backlund served as backup in 15 of the Flyers' 23 games and briefly saw action, appearing in 1:24 of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Boston.
May 5, 1989 |
Whether Flyers coach Paul Holmgren is ready for him or not, Ron Hextall says he will be available for Game 4. After yesterday's practice, Hextall declared he will not seek, but would accept, a nomination to return to the Flyers' goal Sunday night at the Spectrum. Hextall looked quick and fit in a session conducted mostly for the benefit of the Flyers' extras. His right knee, which was sprained in Game 6 of the Pittsburgh series, was kicking out like it belonged to a guy who has had about as much inactivity as he can stand.
October 14, 1988 |
You had to look fast to catch it. Once Brian Propp took the first penalty after only 1:22 of last night's Flyers' victory, there were only fleeting glimpses of even-strength shifts during the remainder of a 23-power play night. And Murray Craven became mostly a penalty-killer, not a center. Positive identification of Craven's switch from left wing to center was made, however, on the game's first shift when he lined up in the middle of Tim Kerr and Dave Poulin. Confirmation from coach Paul Holmgren followed after the game that Craven, who was used primarily at center during training camp, is going to be left there for a while.
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.
April 9, 2014 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo received a four-game suspension from the NHL on Monday and will miss the rest of the regular season. Rinaldo was suspended for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo defenseman Chad Ruhwedel in the third period of a 5-2 victory Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. "While we view the four-game suspension to Zac as harsh, we respect the league's decision," general manager Paul Holmgren said. With Rinaldo out of the lineup, coach Craig Berube will reinsert Steve Downie or Tye McGinn in Florida on Tuesday.
August 10, 2010
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday that left winger Riley Cote has retired as a player to become assistant coach of the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Cote will join head coach Greg Gilbert and associate coach Kjell Samuelsson on the Adirondack coaching staff. By clearing Cote's $550,000 salary off the books, the Flyers are nearly $878,000 under the $59.4 million cap. Cote was one of the Flyers' most popular players, but his days were numbered when the club signed enforcer Jody Shelley this summer.
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.