June 20, 2011 |
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren isn't a psychic, but he likes the way negotiations have gone thus far with Russian goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. On a conference call on Monday afternoon, Holmgran said he would like to have a deal done with Bryzgalov by the start of the NHL entry draft that is set to start Friday. But, he added, that wasn't a completely neccessary goal. Talks between the sides will continue Tuesday, Holmgren said. As for the growing league-wide opinion that the Flyers will have to trade veterans to get under the salary cap, Holmgren was resistent.
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.
October 4, 2010 |
BUFFALO - In the NHL, much like the NFL, the final preseason game is less of tuneup for the 82-game regular-season march and more of a last call for players competing for jobs. General manager Paul Holmgren said it best, when asked if the Flyers' 9-3 drubbing by the Buffalo Sabres last night helped clarify any decisions still up in the air: "Probably in a negative way," Holmgren said. No one was more negatively impacted than goaltender Johan Backlund. Backlund, making his first preseason appearance after offseason hip surgery, entered the game with a chance to knock off Sergei Bobrovsky for the backup spot with Michael Leighton on the shelf for the first month of the season.
September 28, 2010 |
So much for Michael Leighton being ready to practice Thursday. One day after making that announcement, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren revealed Tuesday that his No.1 goalkeeper would miss a month with a bulging disk in his lower back. Holmgren also said in Tuesday's conference call that forward Ian Laperriere is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms. On Monday, Holmgren said that an MRI showed that Leighton had a lower back strain that the organization was concerned about.
November 21, 2014 |
Eric Lindros and John LeClair were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame on Thursday, and during a stirring, 30-minute ceremony, both said the fans pushed their careers to a higher level. "You guys are awesome," LeClair told the standing fans before a banner with his name and his former linemate's was raised to the rafters. "You didn't accept losing. " LeClair, 45, then thanked the fans for "the continuous energy" they gave him. Lindros, 41, had a similar theme. "Night in and night out, you brought passion to the Wells Fargo Center," he said.
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.