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December 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Your first impulse is that the Flyers, losers of eight of their last nine games, can't get any lower. Then you quickly realize they are playing their next four games on the road, where they have lost seven straight, and you wonder whether Craig Berube will still be the coach when the team plays its next game at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 11 - or whether general manager Ron Hextall has Dan Bylsma on his speed dial. To be fair, Berube deserves only a little bit of the blame.
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November 26, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Pat Quinn, according to Flyers president Paul Holmgren, was someone whom those in sports like to call "a player's coach. " "I think most of us would've done whatever he asked us to do," Holmgren, who played for the team in each of Quinn's 4 years as head coach, said yesterday by phone. "Run through that wall? Sure. How many bricks do you want left over? We would've done anything for him. " Holmgren, a member of the 1979-80 club that "The Big Irishman" led to a 35-game unbeaten streak and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, is among many in the hockey world mourning the loss of Quinn, who died Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness.
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November 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Pat Quinn, who coached the Flyers to an NHL-record 35-game unbeaten streak in 1979-80, died Sunday night in Vancouver at age 71 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Quinn was a big man with a gruff exterior, but he had a soft, caring side, said his former players. "Next to Fred Shero, Pat was the best coach who ever coached here," said Flyers executive Bob Clarke, who played for Mr. Quinn during the remarkable 35-game streak. "He changed the way the game was played in those days.
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November 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 30, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SCARS have healed. They don't always, you know. Not in Philadelphia. Former Flyers captain Mike Richards returned with the Los Angeles Kings for the third time since the colossal trades in the summer of 2011 that subtracted him and his buddy, sniper Jeff Carter, from the roster. They, of course, won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. Last night, Richards endured a smattering of obligatory boos when he was announced before the game, but he was not subjected to derision every shift.
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October 29, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WHEN PAUL Holmgren was promoted to Flyers team president last May, he didn't pack any boxes. Unlike his predecessor, Peter Luukko, who also served as Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer, Holmgren didn't want or need a cushy office at Wells Fargo Center. For one, keeping his old digs at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., allowed him to stay closer to his South Jersey home. More importantly, with an office window that overlooks the ice, Holmgren could remain close enough to feel the heartbeat of the team he has spent almost his entire adult life employed by. "I'm still around the hockey team enough to feel the excitement of it," Holmgren said.
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October 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Anyone who has spent any length of time in downtown Allentown in their lifetime probably would not have believed the scene on Hamilton Street last night if not for witnessing it firsthand. As the sun slid past the horizon on an unseasonably warm October night, hundreds of orange-clad fans in Flyers jerseys mingled outside bars on patios, sipping beers. Steps away, the buzz of Opening Night beckoned inside PPL Center - a hockey palace regal enough for the NHL, but small enough to not look out of place in the Lehigh Valley.
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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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