Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Homer's job safe; Lavy's?

Ed Snider, the Flyers' chairman, said GM Paul Holmgren's job is safe after a stirring ceremony unveiling a statue of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent at Xfinity Live on Saturday.

Homer's job safe; Lavy's?

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Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette seems to be looking for an answer<br />as he checks the clock in the second period. Philadephia Flyers vs<br />Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Tribune Forum. game Action 03/18/2013<br />( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer  )
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette seems to be looking for an answer as he checks the clock in the second period. Philadephia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Tribune Forum. game Action 03/18/2013 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

Ed Snider, the Flyers' chairman, said GM Paul Holmgren's job is safe after a stirring ceremony unveiling a statue of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent at Xfinity Live on Saturday.

Asked about the status of coach Peter Laviolette, Snider said he and Holmgren would talk after the season.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but the feeling here is that Laviolette will return and the Flyers will want to judge him in a "normal" season, one that has a legitimate training camp.

But if the Flyers get off to a slow start next season, a change is coming.

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Minor move. The Flyers acquired defenseman Kent Huskins from Detroit for a conditional draft pick. Huskins, 33, had no points in 11 games this year. In 310 NHL career games, he has 13 goals and 67 points.

The deal wasn't a vote of confidence for veteran Andreas Lilja, who is with the Phantoms. Holmgren said Lilja has been having some hip problems this season.

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Flyers chairman Ed Snider defended signing Ilya Bryzgalov.

“I don't think Bryzgalov has been the problem. I mean, he's had to face so many breakaways and two-on-ones where we turn over the puck suddenly,” Snider said. “I think it's the team. I think we're fine in goal."

Bryzgalov was superb on Saturday, leading the Flyers to a 3-1 win over Boston by making 33 saves.

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