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May 9, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Among Ed Snider, Paul Holmgren, and Ron Hextall - the three men seated at a Wells Fargo Center dais Wednesday to announce Hextall's ascension to general manager and Holmgren's to team president - there were 101 aggregate years of affiliation with the Flyers. That's more than a century's worth of sameness, of immersion in an organization that, for all its strengths and stability, hasn't won a championship since 1975. If nothing else, the news conference certainly had a moose-lodge feel to it. Chops were busted over whether Holmgren or Hextall cried first when Hextall left the Flyers' front office in 2006, whether Hextall did indeed have a Flyers tattoo stamped on his gluteus maximus, whether Snider still held a grudge over Hextall's six-week training-camp holdout in 1989.
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May 7, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the Flyers, no one has a more important offseason ahead than Vinny Lecavalier, the 34-year-old forward who is coming off an odd first year with his new team. Whether it was because of a bad back, a position change, or advanced age, one thing is certain: Lecavalier did not have the type of season the Flyers envisioned when they signed him to a five-year $22 million contract. "I don't want to say I'm disappointed in Vinny for the year, but I'm disappointed for him," general manager Paul Holmgren said at the team's season-ending news conference last week.
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May 7, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
DANNY BRIERE has as many points in his first six games of the Stanley Cup playoffs as Vinny Lecavalier (2), Michael Raffl (1) and Sean Couturier (0) combined for in the Flyers' seven games against the Rangers. With each additional point Briere nets in Montreal's playoff run, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren should cringe. Hindsight might be 20/20, yes, but Holmgren's quick decision to cut Briere loose and sign Lecavalier to a 5-year, $22.5 million deal last summer will come back to haunt him. Few would argue that Lecavalier has more upside than Briere.
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May 5, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
PAUL HOLMGREN squirmed in his chair at the dais last night - just a little, he acknowledged. It was not as awkward as his phone call with chairman Ed Snider early morning on Oct. 7, when he woke the Flyers' owner at home to ask his permission to fire Peter Laviolette three (three!) games into the season. "Those are never fun calls to make," Holmgren said. "Anytime you have to deal with Mr. Snider on issues of that nature, he asks tough questions. The tough questions that make you kind of wiggle around in your seat, like I'm doing now. " It was uncomfortable because an hour before he was forced to dissect the Flyers' 38th consecutive season without a Stanley Cup and, therefore, some of his shortfalls as their architect, Snider threw him a bit of a curveball.
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May 4, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Without trying, Ed Snider sounded as though he had created a slogan for next year's Flyers. "I'm happy with the core, but I know we need more," Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said during a news conference Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, where the players were clearing out their lockers. Snider gave the team a "B" grade for its overall performance this season, despite getting eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs. He said he factored in how the Flyers rebounded from a franchise-worst 1-7 start, going 41-23-10 the rest of the way before falling to the New York Rangers, four games to three, in the playoffs.
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May 4, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 90 minutes after Ed Snider hinted that Paul Holmgren may become president of the Flyers, Holmgren said he would remain as general manager next season. Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast Spectacor, said the club hired assistant general manager Ron Hextall last year to be the GM someday, but Holmgren said he was not ready to relinquish the job. Holmgren hired Hextall. "He's an excellent resource in our organization," Holmgren said Friday, after the Flyers cleared out their lockers at their Voorhees practice facility.
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May 3, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Mason outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash didn't score a goal for the Rangers, and the Flyers stopped New York's last 21 power plays. How, then, did the Flyers lose the first-round playoff series in seven games? Quite simply, they didn't have the puck enough, and didn't match the Rangers' speed or defensive excellence. So general manager Paul Holmgren - assuming he stays in the position and doesn't hand the baton to assistant GM Ron Hextall - has a rather substantial to-do list in the offseason.
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May 2, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - The coach and the goaltender had done all they could do. Craig Berube had been shuffling and scheming since the eve of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers, changing strategies, changing lines, changing defensive pairings, changing goalies, searching for a matchup, a combination of players, something to overcome the intrinsic disadvantages that his team faced. The Rangers were faster, more skilled, and better along the blue line, and here was Berube, in his first postseason as an NHL head coach, and after coaxing the Flyers out of an awful start and into the playoffs, after making all those moves, all he could do as the seconds bled away on the Rangers' 2-1 victory in Game 7 here Wednesday was chomp on a piece of blue gum, his face a stoic shield.
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May 2, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
BARELY 24 HOURS have passed since the Flyers' official time of death occurred at 9:44 p.m. on Wednesday night in New York. The corpse is still warm; the wounds are still fresh. Yet, even after just a day after a first-round exit with a long summer of pondering ahead, the most glaring fact from the seven-game series remains the most startling: the Flyers' best defenseman was . . . drumroll, please . . . Luke Schenn. That is not a knock on Schenn, one of the hardest-working Flyers.
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May 1, 2014
DEFENSEMAN Nick Grossmann underwent surgery yesterday to repair a damaged tendon in his right ankle, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren revealed last night. According to Holmgren, Grossmann's recovery time is approximately 8 to 10 weeks. Grossmann, 29, missed his second consecutive game last night after originally suffering the injury when he slid into the boards, skates first, in Game 4 last Friday. He missed three of the Flyers' playoff games in 2012 with a right knee injury.
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