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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
Our NHL coach of the year is being recognized for what we believe is an underrated turnaround.
John Stevens’ Flyers went from last overall in the NHL in 2006-07, to sixth in their conference, posting a points improvement of 39.
The only coach who came close to matching the feat in 2007-08 was Washington’s Bruce Boudreau (plus-24). That the Flyers toppled the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, then upset the No. 1-seeded Canadiens in Round 2, carried significant weight in our decision….
Our executive of the year, Red Wings GM Ken Holland, is quick to reference some of his best decisions have been about team-building…in the front office.
He is surrounded by an elite staff of advisors, including assistant GM Jim Nill, vice-presidents Jimmy Devellano and Steve Yzerman, consultant Scotty Bowman, Euro super-scout Hakan Andersson and an exceptional coach in Mike Babcock.
According to the Team 1260 Radio in Edmonton, Lupul has agreed to terms on a four-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers. An announcement is expected to be made on Monday.
Last season, Lupul scored 20 goals and added 26 assists for 46 points in 56 games with the Flyers. He added four goals and six assists in 17 playoff games.
from Rob Parent of the Delco Times,
Every now and then, however, the NHL finds ways to show how it’s a little bit different.
The most recent example of that is the schedule, which actually shows an increase in travel for the teams, as opposed to the last couple of seasons.
But it does makes you wonder if the NHL realizes that jet fuel costs for its league teams totals something akin to the national budget of a Third World country, or California (same thing).
Apparently, some teams do realize it.
“Since 2006, fuel costs have doubled on our charter jets,” Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko said Wednesday, referring to the price of carrying the Flyers from Florida to Vancouver and all points in between.
“That’s a big jump in costs. That has a big effect on the budget, and this year we had to increase our scouting budget 25 percent. That’s directly attributable to fuel costs, because our scouts fly and drive all over the world.”
From the Delco Times:
The Flyers have signed General Manager Paul Holmgren to a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm through the 2011-12 season, the Daily Times has learned.
Holmgren was credited in large part with the wheeling and dealing last off-season that took a team that finished last in the NHL and put them back in the playoffs.
Update 3:04pm ET: Also in the same article above, Arron Asham was signed to a multi-year deal today.
From the Philadelphia Flyers:
Flyers G.M. Paul Holmgren revealed on Tuesday evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with restricted free agent defenseman Randy Jones, and a three year deal with restricted free agent Riley Cote.
Note: Paul posted the Randy Jones signing earlier today, but the Riley Cote deal was only just added to that same Flyers’ story. Terms not yet available.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers G.M. Paul Holmgren revealed on Tuesday evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with restricted free agent defenseman Randy Jones. Jones also took part in a conference call with local reporters regarding his deal.
Randy Jones: “I just talked it over with my agent and kind of looked at the scenario that would have been best for me. With a two-year [deal] I think it worked out the best for myself and for the Flyers.”
From the Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent forwards Glen Metropolit and Nate Raduns; and unrestricted free agent defensemen Ossi Vaananen and Sean Curry, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. The 5’10”, 195-pound Metropolit signed a two-year contract, while the 6’3”, 205-pound Raduns signed a one-year contract. The 6’4”, 215-pound Vaananen signed a one-year contract, while the 6’4”, 230-pound Curry signed a two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
From TSN’s tracker:
Philadelphia signs UFA defenceman Ossi Vaananen to a one year deal worth $1-million
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenceman Denis Gauthier and a second-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two prospects.
Gauthier, 31, spent all of last season in the American Hockey League, playing with the Philadelphia Phantoms, putting up 18 points and a plus-16 rating in 78 games.
Update 2:23 pm ET: More on Gauthier from Rich Hammond.
from Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning announced it traded for Flyers minor league defenseman Janne Niskala, and sent the Flyers a sixth-round 2009 draft pick.
Niskala, 26, was acquired by Philadelphia on June 25 from Nashville for forward Triston Grant and a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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