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.
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.
June 21, 2013 |
TRAINING WITH a few of his teammates at the Flyers' practice facility over the last few weeks, no one approached Danny Briere and asked about his future plans or the upcoming season. It had been a topic in the media well before the curtain closed on the Flyers' miserable season. "It was kind of the elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about," Briere said. "The hockey world - it's a small world. I've seen all the rumors. Reality was, it was going to happen. It's a sad day that it's finally official.
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.