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Ed Snider On The Slumping Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers co-founder Ed Snider is miffed by his team's lack of secondary scoring.

"Never seen anything like it in all the years I've been in hockey," Snider said in a phone interview from his Montecito, Calif., home on Monday afternoon. "Even when we were an expansion team" in 1967-68, "somebody chipped in here and there."...

"All teams are having cap problems. We'll find a way to work around it," said Snider, whose team finished 42-30-10 last season. "In the meantime, that's not the issue. The issue is that we have pretty much the same team as last year, and we're not performing. We're hoping they can turn it around. We have two of the best forwards in the league, but two players can't turn around a team. What's going on with everybody else? What's going on with [Sean] Couturier, [Matt] Read, Simmonds, and the other guys? They should be chipping in with some goals. It's weird. I'm not going to give up on those guys. Even [Vinny] Lecavalier got 20 goals last year. What happened?"

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Something Always Happens To The Flyers In The Finals According To Ed Snider

from David Isaac of the Courier-Post,

The team's founder doesn't usually show up until midway through training camp and Saturday he was at the team's practice facility in a bright orange windbreaker with a Flyers emblem on the left side of his chest ready for the first day of rookie camp.

Snider, 81, found out earlier this year that he had cancer, but after radiation and chemotherapy, it's "all gone." He feels full of life and ready to start another campaign hoping to re-create the magic of 39 years ago, the last time the Flyers won a Stanley Cup....

Snider says he's constantly reminded the Flyers haven't won a Cup since 1975. The almosts and close calls over the years have haunted him.

"The bottom line is that's success," Snider said. "To get to the finals and then something always (expletive) happens to us in the finals."...

Don't mention the Stanley Cup Finals in 1976 when the Montreal Canadiens won the first of four straight Cups and swept the Flyers, although the first three games were won by one goal.

"They barely beat us!" an animated Snider said. "That team would have won four or so in a row. I just feel like somehow we're snakebit and somebody's putting pins in a doll."

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Ed Snider Dealing With Cancer

via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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. He added that the team would not comment further.

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Flyers appear ready to shuffle the managerial deck

When Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider hedged his bets regarding GM Paul Holmgren's future, everyone and their brother's uncle's cousin in South Jersey figured that the Flyers would shuffle the managerial deck. Surprise surprise:

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The owner-and-managerial circus continues in Philly

Beware: an auto-play video lurks within: There are some strange things afoot in Philly--as usual. Flyers owner Ed Snider and current GM Paul Holmgren weren't exactly on the same page as to whether Holmgren will remain the general manager on Friday, as Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia's Tim Panaccio noted:

“Of course Paul will be back,” Snider said Friday at Skate Zone. “Basically, he's the head of our hockey operations. The job he did I think was excellent. Not too many guys would have guts enough to fire a coach after three games.”

When pressed specifically about what role Holmgren will have next year, Snider said the Flyers' front office is in the process of “analyzing everybody's title” and that Holmgren will “be the head of hockey operations” before offering a wry smile.

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Flyers owner Ed Snider clears his throat regarding the Olympics, Claude Giroux’s Canadian snub

Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider is most certainly an outspoken gentleman, and he had...Some things...to say about the Olympics after his team's 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, as noted by the AP's Dan Gelston:

''I hate them,'' said Snider, the Flyers founder.

He added: ''It's ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous. I don't care if it was in Philadelphia, I wouldn't want to break up the league. I think it's ridiculous to take three weeks off, or however long it is, in the middle of the season. It screws up everything. .. How can anybody be happy breaking up their season. No other league does it, why should we? There's no benefit to us whatsoever. If anything, I can only see negatives.''

Reminded the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals during the last Olympics in 2010, Snider laughed.

''Maybe I like them,'' he said. ''I forget about that.''

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Evening Line

It's a video verson if the Evening Line as Flyers' owner Ed Snider talks about his team's goaltending.

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Afternoon Line

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Almost 4 minutes of Ed Snider, watch below...

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Brooks: Emery-Holtby scrap speaks poorly of Flyers, NHL

I never fought when I played goal, and I'd delicately describe the practice as "dumb" in the modern-day NHL, so you'd be correct to suggest that I thought Ray Emery's scrap with Braden Holtby was idiotic, and that the combination of injuries sustained during the Caps-Flyers brawl and the lack of supplemental discipline for Emery because there are apparently "no rules" prohibiting one goalie from skating to the other end of the ice and choosing to lay a beating upon another goalie all yielded a lack of team discipline and a lack of responsiblity-taking on the part of the NHL.

The New York Post's Larry Brooks' Sunday column includes a pondering about the Vanek-Moulson trade, a note about the Oilers' goaltending, suspension talk and much more, but his main thrust involves the Flyers-Capitals brawl and Emery's conduct, with Brooks suggesting that the Flyers' lack of discipline can be traced down from its ownership to the GM coach and players:

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Afternoon Line

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All Ed Snider

from Randy Miller of the Courier-Post,

When you did realize this team was in trouble?

“You always hope that you’re going to get it together, but look at our record. We haven’t won one game where we were behind 1-0 after the first period or something like that. We haven’t had more than a two-game winning streak all year. I mean, it’s been a disappointment the entire season. Let’s hope that we can change it suddenly and some miracle will happen and we win all the remaining games. I’m not giving up. But you have to be realistic and look at what we’ve accomplished so far. We have to do an awful lot to change that pattern.”

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Morning Line

 “We better damn get our special teams straightened out or we’re in trouble.  That’s what it’s all about in today’s game _-special teams - because 5 on 5, it’s hard as hell to score nowadays.”

-Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.

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Ed Snider Sets The Record Straight

via Anthony SanFilippo at the Flyers website,

Reports that Flyers chairman Ed Snider has grown weary of the NHL stance on the current work stoppage is unequivocally false.

Snider issued a statement disputing a Philadelphia Daily News column that was published Saturday that claimed as much.

"An article appearing in today's Philadelphia Daily News is absolutely erroneous,” Snider said. “I am a solid supporter of National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and the League in this unfortunate situation.

“Like all fans, players, owners and League officials, I am extremely hopeful that an agreement can be reached and we can eventually be playing hockey again soon. League rules prevent me and all owners from making any comments on the labor negotiations. I will continue to honor that and not make any further comments."

The NHL and the League’s Player’s Association have been without a labor agreement since Sept. 16 and have not met since last Sunday. No new talks have been scheduled as of this time.

 

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Snider On His Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

For Ed Snider, founder of the Flyers, this offseason has a different feel than last year.

Even though the Flyers were eliminated in the second round for the second straight season, Snider is much more optimistic about the team’s direction.

“To me, every year we want to win the Cup, so if we don’t win the Cup, it’s an unsuccessful year,” said Snider in a phone interview Tuesday from his mansion in Santa Barbara, Calif., just prior to playing in a tennis match. “Having said that, I’m really, really happy with an awful lot that happened during the course of season and even in the playoffs.”

Snider praised the deals that sent Mike Richards and Jeff Carter packing, said he loved the Flyers’ young nucleus, and added he thought the team would have won the Cup if defensemen Chris Pronger and Andrej Meszaros had been healthy. He hinted that the Flyers would make a move for a defenseman (Nashville free-agent Ryan Suter?) and said goalie Ilya Bryzgalov “wasn’t prepared for Philadelphia fans” but that “without question” he was happy he signed him.

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Following Ed Snider

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

10:24 a.m.: After the plane climbs to 41,000 feet, Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor - owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center, Comcast SportsNet and Global Spectrum - unbuckles his gold-plated seatbelt and invites me to the cockpit for a tour. There, pilot Chris Matte, who has flown Snider for seven years, is guiding the plane. To his right, first officer Norby monitors an electronic panel to avoid a collision.

Commuting between his homes in Gladwyne and Montecito, Calif., where Oprah Winfrey is a neighbor, Snider spends about 200 hours in the air each year. Equipped with wireless Internet, a shower, and a flight attendant, the plane pairs the performance of a Ferrari with the luxury of a Rolls Royce. It can fly from California to Europe without refueling and has a ceiling of 51,000 feet, allowing it to fly nearly 2 miles above commercial traffic, where you can see the curvature of the Earth.

Snider traded in his old plane, a Gulfstream IV, for this 2001-built model, which runs about $40 million new. Before he took possession in November, he had the interior tailored to his specifications, with a Flyers logo painted on the tail. “It’s got all of the latest and greatest avionics,” Snider says. “I was able to put this together the way I wanted to do it. Pretty cool, huh?”

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All Ed Snider

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Gormley: Do you have some real concerns about this team?

Snider: I have concerns every year, no matter what. My concerns this year are a hell of a lot less than my concerns last year. When we got in on the shootout I was just hoping we played decently in the first round.

You can never predict from one year to the next. Yeah, I’m concerned. But I’m concerned every single year.

Gormley: Did this team raise the bar last year?

Snider: I think they raised the bar this year. We were way ahead in the conference and now we’re fighting for first place and everybody thought we’d coast in. Maybe we thought we’d coast in, who knows?

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Thank The Flyers Owner

from Stephen A. Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Assuming that e-mails, letters and voice-mail messages have some value, it’s fair to surmise that Ed Snider isn’t Mr. Popularity in these parts.

If his dismissive ways don’t turn you off, perhaps it’s the way he saunters around, appearing as if he has all the answers - with absolutely no championship hardware since the days when his hair was still brown. But if these Flyers pull off the unthinkable, recapturing a Stanley Cup once given to Philadelphia in a double dose 35 years ago, the fans can feel free to scream “We did it” all summer long. As long as they pause for a moment to pay homage to the man who made it happen.

The Flyers would not be in the playoffs if Snider did not get them there. Scratch any dreams about a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, too. Had it not been for the man cutting the checks, this season of miracles - from making the playoffs in a shoot-out in the regular-season finale to overcoming a three-games-to-none deficit to Boston - would have fallen far short of euphoria.

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NHL Ice No Place For Politics

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When Palin drops the puck, there inevitably will be photos taken of the Ranger and Flyer participating in the ceremonial draw. When circulated throughout the Internet, these photos are likely to imply endorsement. If the Governor of Alaska is presented with a Flyers’ jersey—or appears wearing one—it will represent the implied endorsement of the NHL team.

Snider’s Comcast may own the Flyers, but he, like all NHL owners, are merely leasing their teams and their teams’ trademarks from the league. The Flyers logo and the Rangers logo are property of the NHL. Snider has no right to use these teams and these players as props to further his own political agenda.

The Flyers’ colors have historically been orange and black. The owner is now attempting to use this storied franchise in order to turn his home state red.

Shameful.

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It’s Only Going To Get Better

Ed Snider talks about his Flyers…

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Screw ESPN

from Rich Hofman of the Philadelphia Daily News,

You can’t measure our success whether or not we’re on ESPN,” (Ed) Snider said. “Screw ESPN. Most of our television is local and we do very well in our local markets.

“We could have gone to ESPN. They offered us bupkus. Then they acted like they had us over a barrel, that we had no place else to go. I never liked the way they treated us . . .

“Gary Bettman has done an absolutely fantastic job,” Snider said. “There is no equivocation on that at all.”

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All The Tools In Place For Flyers

from phillyBurbs,

In Snider’s opinion, Holmgren has done a masterful job of “reloading” the proud franchise.

“I liked the way we opened up against Calgary. There were certain things I didn’t like against Edmonton,” he said Tuesday in a phone interview. “But I like the fact that we came back in that game and went ahead….”

“I knew Paul,” Snider said. “I had a lot of respect for Paul. I liked him, but I wasn’t sure how he would take the reins. Quite honestly, he exceeded by far any expectations I might have had.”

And now there’s laughter in Snider’s office again.

“Paul made my statement come true,” Snider said. “We don’t rebuild, we retool.”

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