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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
With the Flyers about to miss the playoffs for only the second time in 18 seasons, the focus in Philadelphia turns to what has to be done for the team to avoid a similar fate a year from now.
This isn't a town where missing the playoffs is taken lightly. Owner Ed Snider wants to win -- now.
Having said that, there's the danger of overreacting to a lockout-shortened season when a lot of strange and surprising things happened around the league.
"There's a fine line between winning and losing in our league, that's how tight it is," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told ESPN.com Monday. "You don't have to look very closely at the standings to recognize that. There's a few teams that had runaway years, you look at Pittsburgh and Chicago in particular, but everybody else is fairly close.
"I look at our team, it's amazing that's where we're at with the power play and penalty killing near the top of the league; but 5-on-5 goals, we're way down. That's probably what did us in, more than anything."
continued including no plan to buyout Bryzgalov...
from the Flyers website,
Q: Because of the way the offer sheet to Shea Weber was front-loaded, did you expect Nashville to match it?
“No, it was structured where we were hopeful that they wouldn’t match it. But, obviously they did and as I said yesterday we wish Shea and the Predators all the best. We tried to add, in our minds, one of the best defenseman in the game to a good, young, up-and-coming team, and it didn’t work.”
Q: When did you learn that [The Predators] were going to match [the offer sheet], and how much of a disappointment did it come as?
“I learned at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon, and the initial reaction was disappointment, but I guess we move on. The chance of them matching was always there however hopeful we were of them not, it was always there, and they did. Now we move forward and see what we can do. We like our team; we think it’s a good, up-and-coming young team, and we will continue to try and add to it and make it better, which is what we tried to do with the offer sheet. We’ll move forward.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Give Paul Holmgren credit. He is nothing if not aggressive. In the past year and some, he has traded away Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky; lost Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and Ville Leino to free agency; signed Jaromir Jagr (then lost him), Ilya Bryzgalov and Max Talbot as free agents; traded for Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Luke Schenn, and an early first-round pick, lost Chris Pronger to concussion and signed Weber to a monster free-agent contract that may or may not work out in his favour. Wouldn’t every fan in hockey want a GM so unafraid of making big, bold moves?
read on for more hockey notes mixed in with other sports…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Holmgren did not get a nod for the newly created GM of the Year Award, but he should have. In fact, it’s mind boggling that he did not, given the moves he has made and the bright future he has charted for the Philadelphia Flyers. Not that he has given it a moment’s thought. Holmgren is, instead, focused on the pursuit of the trophy that has eluded him his entire career and has eluded his team since 1975—the Stanley Cup.
Leading the New Jersey Devils by one game in their Eastern Conference semifinal, the Flyers are the most potent team left in the playoff tournament and the level of play they have displayed suggests this might be the best chance at ending the Stanley Cup drought that has left fans parched in Philadelphia.
“I think he’s an outstanding judge of talent,” Flyers owner Ed Snider told ESPN.com.
Both Snider and president and COO Peter Luukko praised Holmgren for his ability to delegate and to trust his assistants, scouts and coaching staff.
“He listens to them,” Snider said. “He’s not a lone traveler. But the buck stops with him.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News via the Modesto Bee,
The way we see it, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren should be right at the top of the list with Nashville’s David Poile and St. Louis’ Doug Armstrong.
The Predators, with their recent additions, are one of the odds-on Stanley Cup favorites. Poile has never won the award, despite spending less and appearing in the playoffs more than most. Armstrong had the cojones to fire a solid, young coach just 13 games into the season. The Blues are the NHL’s best team with 97 points.
Even Phoenix’ Don Maloney, the inaugural winner of the award in 2010, is worth a look since the Coyotes are looking like a playoff team despite losing their top goaltender in Ilya Bryzgalov.
Maloney is a perfect segue to Holmgren, who can thank Bryzgalov’s hot play over the last 12 games for pushing him into the finalist’s category. (It would have been hard to include him just a few weeks ago, considering Bryzgalov’s mediocre play and his behemoth contract.)
But Holmgren has done so much more.
via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was in a serious bike accident Monday in Avalon, N.J.
Sources said Holmgren, 55, was riding a bicycle and suffered broken ribs, a broken shoulder, and other injuries that required stitches. He was taken to Cooper Medical Center.
According to one officer at the Avalon police department, there were no details of how the accident occurred in the initial report filed with them.
He remains hospitalized at Cooper University Hospital. Flyers officals said late Monday night they hoped to have more information on Tuesday. Holmgren is expected to recover from his injuries, they said.
From Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post:
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is progressing nicely from offseason back surgery, but he may miss the start of training camp, general manager Paul Holmgren acknowledged Friday.
Pronger had disc fragments in his lower back removed on May 12 and underwent surgery to repair a broken hand on March 15.
According to Holmgren, Pronger was examined by a back specialist and a hand specialist last week and was given permission to step up his rehab.
from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the DelcoTimes,
“Paul has done an outstanding job,” team president Peter Luukko said Tuesday in announcing Holmgren’s new contract extension. “He came out of the lockout with the style of play changing a bit and he built a team with skill and speed. He’s had the success, but at the same time we haven’t lost our Flyer identity and I think that is very important because our fans, players, and coaches alike expect us to be a tough team to play against, a gritty team and a hard team.
“But as the game has changed a bit, Paul has done a heck of a job adjusting to that and his record speaks for itself.”
The Flyers announced the three-year extension prior to the club’s 3-2 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. As first reported by the Daily Times, Holmgren’s contract takes him through 2015. Salary terms were not disclosed, but a source put the total figure in the neighborhood of $4.5 million.
“He’s obviously very deserving,” Clarke said in a phone interview after the contract was announced. “He’s just done a terrific job putting this team together. He was directly involved with every player on this roster being here.”
from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delco Times,
Paul Holmgren wasn’t the first choice for the Flyers to replace the deposed Bob Clarke as general manager a little more than four years ago, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else (Colin Campbell?) Ed Snider may have considered doing a better job than Holmgren to this point.
That’s why the Flyers are planning on extending Holmgren’s contract for a few more years.
The Daily Times has learned through an organizational source that the Flyers are going to announce a three-year extension for their general manager Thursday, worth approximately $4.5 million.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
An underachieving season has not put Paul Holmgren’s job in jeopardy.
Holmgren will remain the Flyers’ general manager even if they continue to stumble and do not make the playoffs, Peter Luukko said yesterday.
Luukko is president of Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers’ parent company.
“He is safe,” Luukko said. “Paul’s doing a great job.”
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror and just 14 games separating his team from the April 11 finish line, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren can do little more than sit and wait.
The Daily News caught up with Holmgren yesterday for his thoughts on the state of the Flyers:
DN: You have always said that you are confident in Michael Leighton and his abilities, but is it tough to put your trust in someone who has only been here for a limited sample size?
PH: What would’ve been the difference if it was Ray Emery? Him and Michael have been with the team almost the same amount of time. Or Brian Boucher, for that matter. So, no, I have every confidence in Michael. I think he’s played well. The numbers since he’s been with us speak for themselves. I don’t know how many goalies in the NHL have Stanley Cups - Martin Brodeur, Cam Ward, Chris Osgood, Marc-Andre Fleury - so that means there are 25 other teams that are in the same boat that we’re in, wondering whether Michael is good enough. But we think Michael is good enough to lead us into the playoffs.
Obviously things are sliding downhill and we just need to stick together in this. I look at our team and we’re having a hard time scoring right now, and I look at our roster and I wonder why. . . . Even our good players were fighting things tonight. Guys that can make plays and can score goals were throwing the puck away for no reason.
-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren after losing to the Panthers last night. More from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren…
Q: Is there a specific area you’d like to address before the deadline?
A: There are some areas I wouldn’t mind shoring up. We’d like to get a little bigger up front, if we could….
“I think if things continue to go like they’re going, we have to start changing some people around. I don’t mean coaches; I mean other people. Changing the coach sends the wrong message. I believe we’re a good team. I believe that we lost three and (tied) three is a little misleading…I think we’re better than that.”
-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. More on the Flyers at Broad Street Bull.
The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to be without forward Daniel Briere for up to a month after suffering a torn abdominal muscle in Wednesday’s shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.
‘‘Danny has a slight tear in his reptus abdominis, which is a stomach muscle,’’ said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. ‘‘He will be out of the lineup approximately 3-4 weeks.’‘
Holmgren said that the 31-year-old Gatineau, Quebec native is slated to undergo surgery Saturday morning.
“Obviously a player of Mats Sundin’s stature…he’s been a tremendous player for a long time,” said Holmgren. “He’s a free agent, and we’ve made inquiries as to his status. We don’t know whether he’s going to play or not. I think Mats is still trying to decide that in his own timeframe. But, if he wants to play, we’d certainly have an interest in seeing if we could fit him in.”
-more from Paul Holmgren at Flyers.com…
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 Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The young players - Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger - were young and struggling (and not entirely healthy). But Holmgren - remember, his old job was running the development side of the organization - was determined to stick with them. Still, it was hard. He admits to having to remind club chairman Ed Snider about how young the young players were.
“There was the uncertainty of my job - I didn’t know,” Holmgren said. “I can remember talking to Mr. Snider one time and we were getting beat on a regular basis and I remember saying to him, ‘We’re going to get lumped up even more.’ He kind of looked at me but he understood. I think I followed up by saying, ‘We’ve got some young kids who are going to turn the corner.’ I think he had a belief, like I did, that they would.”
Then, Holmgren said, “We felt we needed to stabilize certain areas of our team. Goaltending certainly was an issue.”
Today, the NHL hosted a press teleconference call featuring four general managers of the NHL. They can be heard on the audio player below, or downloaded here. Please have patience with loading or downloading, as it’s a very large mp3 file.
Each Q&A session is roughly 15 minutes each, and are featured in this order:
- Ken Holland—Detroit Red Wings
- Paul Holmgren—Philadelphia Flyers
- Don Waddell—Atlanta Thrashers
- Brian Burke—Anaheim Ducks
note1: the Burke audio is extremely low due to technical issues.
note2: a printed transcript will be added below as soon as it’s available
Update 2:59pm ET: At the Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek provides some analysis of the commentary in this press conference.
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From Ed Moran at the Philadelphia News,
The Flyers have been put on notice by the NHL.
After Riley Cote was handed a three-game suspension for a head shot to Dallas forward Mat Niskanen in Saturday’s game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren that the league would be watching the Flyers closely.
“I talked to [Bettman] today. He thinks, like I do, that these are different coincidences, different situations, that have to be viewed differently, but the question was raised about ramifications if it happens again,” Holmgren told the Daily News. “So obviously we’re under watch.”
from Philly Burbs,
It’s easy to get caught up in the nightlife, the wrong crowd.
To have someone like Holmgren as a role model can help steer a young player back onto the right path.
“He’s a very highly respected person, not only in the hockey world but in general,” Fedoruk says. “It’s the way he carries himself; a lot of people want to carry themselves the way he does.
“I myself am one of those people. The respect he’s gained and the amount of work he’s put into his personal life . . . he’s a guy who leads by actions. You want to follow a guy like that. He’s a loyal person…..”
From Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,
Undaunted, Holmgren systematically transformed an aging, overpriced roster into one with speed, grit, energy and a legitimate chance to double its wins total (22) from a year ago.
“I’ll be honest,” Snider says. “Paul blew me away with the moves he made.”
Many believed that after 13 seasons under Clarke, the Flyers needed a complete front office makeover. But by March 14, Holmgren had carefully dismantled the worst team in club history, exchanging veterans Peter Forsberg, Kyle Calder, Alexei Zhitnik and a second-round draft pick for dynamic young forward Scottie Upshall, promising defensemen Braydon Coburn, Lasse Kukkonen and Ryan Parent and a hungry, resurgent goaltender, Martin Biron.