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 10, 2013 |
FOR A DEFENSE corps desperately seeking consistency in the wake of mounting injuries, the familiar face of Marc-Andre Bourdon has been conspicuously missing. That's because Bourdon has been sidelined since Nov. 30, 2012, missing 53 straight games with the debilitating aftereffects of his second concussion in a year. "The way I see it, I have two options," Bourdon told the Daily News, opening up in an exclusive interview for the first time since his last concussion. "I can either get hit again and again and deal with these same problems.
September 14, 2013 |
Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who underwent surgery Aug. 15 to repair tendon damage in his right index finger, seems to be progressing ahead of schedule. Giroux was able to pass the puck gingerly - but not shoot it - during the opening of training camp Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. "It felt better than I thought it would," said Giroux, who said he hurt his finger on the golf course when his club shattered. "I wasn't even sure I'd be able to touch the puck," he added. Giroux continues to ice his finger and hopes to play in some preseason contests "to get the feel for the game" again.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - General manager Paul Holmgren says he will upgrade the Flyers' defense if the right deal comes along. He is running out of time. The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m., and the Flyers could use some help on their back end. Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien, the Islanders' Andrew MacDonald, Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff, and Dallas' Trevor Daley are among the defensemen reportedly available. Byfuglien is the most intriguing. Listed as 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds (though there are reports he is much heavier)
March 23, 2014 |
The Flyers agreed to terms with defenseman Robert Hagg, their second-round pick last June, to an entry-level contract Friday, and there are indications they are in the hunt for free-agent defenseman Christian Folin of UMass-Lowell. Hagg, 19, who was the youngest regular defenseman in the Sweden Hockey League, will report to the Phantoms on Tuesday, and his three-year entry-level deal will start next season. If Kimmo Timonen retires, Hagg could be in the discussion for a spot with the Flyers next season - though he likely will need a full year of AHL seasoning.
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.