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.
February 26, 2014 |
HOURS AFTER the Olympic torch in Sochi was stifled on Sunday, the NHL lifted its 16-day roster freeze - despite the fact that quite a few of its players were scrambling back to North America for the season to re-start tonight. The Flyers, who return to action on Thursday night against visiting San Jose, will play just three games before next Wednesday's trade deadline. Yet, if you're hoping for a major transaction to bolster the Flyers into a Stanley Cup contender, general manager Paul Holmgren warned to not hold your breath.
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.
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.
May 20, 2011 |
Nik Zherdev may be in a little bit of hot water in his native Russia. Reports surfaced in a Russian newspaper, Moskovsky Komsomolets , that the Flyers forward allegedly attacked his wife after a quarrel in a restaurant, damaged her car with a metal pole, and threatened her verbally with death. "According to eyewitnesses, Nikolay picked up a metal pole from the parking lot and began hitting the car with the pole while shouting expletives at his wife. Fearing for her life, his wife rushed to escape, turning in the wrong direction on the highway.
November 9, 2010 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Less than 2 weeks ago, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren traveled to Glens Falls, N.Y., and told once-prized prospect Pat Maroon to pack his bags. Last night, Holmgren did the same for Phantoms head coach Greg Gilbert. Holmgren fired Gilbert, 48, after the Phantoms limped to a 2-10-1 start in Adirondack. The Phantoms, last in the AHL, have lost their last nine games. "It was a hard thing to do," Holmgren said on a conference call. "We have a very young team in terms of years of pro hockey and we needed to do something to stop the bleeding.