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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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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?”
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?
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.
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.
Ed Snider talks about his Flyers…
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.”
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.”