A long week for the Phantoms, in which they saw their head coach get dismissed, finally came to a close on Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Greg Gilbert was fired on Monday, after Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren met with the team for a lengthy chat about the direction of the franchise.
Their 10-game losing streak finally came to a halt on Friday night, in interim John Paddock’s second game on the bench.
And they also received a special guest over the weekend, with Flyers forward Ian Laperriere making an appearance with development coach Derian Hatcher and associate coach Kjell Samuelsson.
Laperriere, who is still battling post-concussion symptoms from last spring’s playoff run, went to Glens Falls, N.Y., to talk to the Flyers’ young prospects in an attempt to try and change the losing culture there.
This year’s Phantoms roster has 8 players skating in their first professional season.
“I’m staying busy and it was a chance to talk to the young guys,” Laperriere told the Daily News in a text message. “It was good. They are very promising players and great kids.”
Laperriere’s work ethic and winning attitude has made him one of the game’s most wanted teammates over his 16 seasons. Adirondack (3-12-1-0) is in last place in the AHL by a full 6 points.
As an interesting side note, Atlanta Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley spent the entire weekend in Glens Falls, according to Glens Falls Post-Star beat writer Tim McManus. Dudley, possibly on a scouting mission, is the first NHL general manager other than Holmgren to visit Glens Falls since the Phantoms moved back there. Dudley saw all 3 games (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) that the Phantoms played.
It's possible that Dudley was there scouting goaltender Johan Backlund, who has now fallen into a logjam with Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton in front of him on the depth chart.
Backlund started all 3 games while Dudley was in attendance.
We’ll keep an eye on that situation.
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