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October 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger is as feisty off the ice as he was during his playing days. The former defenseman bristled at the suggestion that, by taking a job with the NHL's player-safety department on Friday, it is a conflict of interest because he is being paid by the Flyers for the next three seasons. Pronger said that he is "merely a sounding board" for Stephane Quintal, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, and that Quintal will hand out disciplinary measures. Pronger will not be permitted to make disciplinary recommendations on incidents involving the Flyers.
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October 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - Maybe Ed Snider's historically itchy trigger finger is to blame. Maybe the pundits just figure the Flyers won't be a very good team this year. Or, perhaps it's because Craig Berube was hired by Paul Holmgren, meaning he wouldn't necessarily be Ron Hextall's choice to coach the team. Either way, Las Vegas oddsmakers installed Berube with 4-to-1 odds to be the first coach fired in the NHL this season - behind only Toronto's Randy Carlyle and the Islanders' Jack Capuano.
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October 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - He has a seat on the Flyers' chartered plane. He attends every practice - even the two in Cape Cod last weekend - and usually sits alone. He doesn't spend much time around the locker room. He is always sharply dressed, wearing a suit, and his strawberry blond hair is neatly coiffed. He is not a coach. He is not part of the medical or public relations staff. He does not carry equipment bags or massage players' sore shoulders. In fact, the only hint that he works for the team is that he carries a computer bag emblazoned with the Flyers logo.
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October 3, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
CRAIG BERUBE is in midseason form. This can be a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to an NHL head coach finishing up his first-ever training camp. But when the team in front of you has been notorious for starting poorly over the last couple of seasons, it is, for him, the only way to go. So the quotes keep jumping from the page, as tonight the Flyers finish up a brutal preseason schedule that seems more like an act of revenge than one of negligence. He's "disappointed in our veterans and the way they performed" one night, fried at his shoddy defense the next.
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September 23, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THREE YEARS AGO, Brayden Schenn laced up for his first training camp with the Flyers with all eyes affixed to him. He was a highly touted first-round pick, referred to around hockey as the best player not yet skating in the NHL. It would be easy to look at Schenn's numbers - 40 goals and 43 assists in 183 games - and say that he hasn't quite lived up to the hype. There have been flashes, like the three-point game he produced against the Penguins in the playoffs during his rookie season.
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July 25, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE SOFT sell when Ron Hextall was promoted to the post of Flyers general manager in early May was that it was a natural evolution. Paul Holmgren repeated that he would not have lured Hextall away from Los Angeles the previous summer if he didn't anticipate this day; Hextall humbly contended that he would lean on Homer's counsel, and work alongside him. And while yesterday's casual interview in his Skate Zone offices contained all those subtexts (and...
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June 30, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT HAD BEEN a long 3 hours for Gary Bettman. He was lustily booed by a sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center no fewer than 35 times. Once, for a 4-minute span, Bettman was drowned out by a chorus of catcalls that peaked and waned then peaked again. As he left the building after the first round of the NHL draft, Bettman was . . . elated? "It could not have been better. I think it's great," Bettman said. "To have that energy in this building like that?" If nothing else, Flyers fans bring energy.
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June 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER MOVING to a number of different franchises throughout hockey, Gord Murphy is returning to the place where his career began. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced yesterday that Murphy has been hired as an assistant coach to serve under Craig Berube. Murphy, 47, will coach the Flyers' defense. He and Berube were teammates together for parts of three seasons, from 1988-91. Murphy has been an assistant coach in the NHL since 2002 - most recently working with Florida under Kevin Dineen before he was fired on Nov. 8, 2013.
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May 31, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider, who brought hockey to Philadelphia in 1967 as founder of the Flyers, is battling an unspecified cancer and completed chemotherapy this week, according to several sources. "He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said. The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy. " Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said.
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May 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Holmgren was an aggressive, feisty player, and he took those characteristics into the Flyers front office, where he wasn't afraid to roll the dice on moves that shook the hockey world. Ron Hextall, who recently replaced Holmgren as the Flyers general manager, was also a combative player, one who holds the all-time NHL record for career penalty minutes (584) by a goalie. But don't expect him to strike with the boldness that marked Holmgren's tenure, one that included the trades of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards and the signing of restricted free-agent Shea Weber to an offer sheet.
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