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Speak loudly and carry a big stick: Flyers GM Holmgren rips team

Mar 15, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

Paul Holmgren AP

Thursday before practice, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren had a bit of a chit-chat with his struggling team.

And by chit-chat, we mean this…

Publicly and privately, the players say Holmgren lashed out about the team’s woeful recent slate of losses and its lack of competitiveness. He did so with a stick in hand, leading one player to say, he thought the GM was going to spear every player in the room. Holmgren was that angry.

That description of Holmgren’s tirade, courtesy’s Tim Panaccio.

Philadelphia — five points out of the playoffs with just 20 games remaining — hosts New Jersey tonight. The Flyers lost to the Devils on Wednesday, prompting much speculation about the job security of both Holmgren and head coach Peter Laviolette.

Yesterday, Holmgren gave Laviolette a vote of confidence, putting the onus on the players to get the job done.

Said veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen today: “Sometimes you need to hear what you do wrong and do right and what the expectations are from their end. But we’re the ones who play the game and we’re the ones on the ice, so we have to go out there and do our jobs.”

  1. sheckyrimshot - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    typical holmgren

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I can’t even imagine how many games hunter would of got today for that cheap hit. What a disgusting hit. I hate the flyers and that video got me fired up. Dale hunter sucks. Kudos to holm green for showing such passion on the bench. Can’t wait to watch tonight’s game. It should be a doozy.

      • sheckyrimshot - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        that was some jake the snake roberts $#!+ right there. i also like how holmgren looks just like the dude from the classic 90s movie “falling down”. D-FENS! WHY CANT THE FLYERS PLAY D-FENS?! THEY BUSS UP MY MERCHANDISE!!

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Lol, he does have that Michael Douglas buzzcut look in the picture.

      • bettmanblows - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Michel Douglas?

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Yes, Michael Douglas starred in “Falling Down” the movie referenced by @sheckyrimshot.

    • wingsandthings19 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Great video. That’s the fire they’re gonna need if they want to even finish the season respectably let alone a shot at the playoffs

  2. ibieiniid - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    flyers win tonight. I can’t claim their season turning around, but that’s too big of a wake-up call on game day for them not to be awake. 5-3 Flyers.

    anybody think otherwise?

  3. puckmepuckyou - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    And I’m sure they were all ears. Homer is a BMF

  4. grillmarks - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    PHT and big stick diplomacy.

  5. bmscalise - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Haha – how dramatic! That almost one-ups Lou and his strawberry Smuckers.

  6. buffalomafia - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    How could Philly go from greatness to crappy in one season?

    Answer crappy goalie! I can see Ryan Miller in a Philly jersey?!

    • ibieiniid - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      we had the same goalie last year dude…

      • mj2sexay - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Anyone that DIDN’T see this coming…looking at you Ron Dugay, needs their head examined. Fragile goalie in front of possibly the worst blue line corps in hockey. No offense to Philly, but they had a bad defensive core BEFORE they lost Carle to free agency. I mean putting Kurtis Foster out there is the international sign of desperation.

    • 2jivecrew - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      I hope so. Crosby absolutely owns Miller.

  7. hines86for6 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    wahhhhhh! if that small market team had just let us bully them, we’d be so much better off! wahhhh its not fair we didnt get Weber!

  8. 19to77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Homer has his share of awesome moments. Aaaaand then he goes and trades his two best players for cap space to sign an astronaut to a hockey team.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      you just wait…. MHL (Mars Hockey League) opens up, Flyers will punish. let’s see if you’re laughing then.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        not to be confused with the hockey league on the moon… that’s actually the Lunar Hockey League.

      • dmfc1112 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        I’m not sure how anybody could knock trading Carter or Richards. The biggest difference between the 2010 Flyers and the current version is the absence of Chris Pronger. He is irreplaceable. Hard to fault Holmgren for that.

  9. sjsharks66 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Blaming Bryz for the failure?
    Maybe its the lack of leadership from the captain, the loss of JVR and Jagr, Hartnells injury and taking poor penalties.

    Yeah, its ALL Bryz’s fault.

  10. phillyphannn83 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    hines86for6 March 15, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    wahhhhhh! if that small market team had just let us bully them, we’d be so much better off! wahhhh its not fair we didnt get Weber!
    Actually we bullied them into signing him to a deal they didn’t want o sign him to by offer sheeting their guy. They were backed into a corner and had no choice but to match, not the other way around. Nice try though, troll.

  11. tfaltin - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    This may not be completely fair, but Richards, Carter (17), Jagr and JVR have combined for 48 goals thus far this year. The Flyers roster has 77.

  12. gbar22 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Yes cause being an a-hole always works. Someone is cracking under pressure

  13. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Never a good sign for the coach when the GM goes down to the room to shake things up and it ends up to be public. Following the often ‘Kiss of death’ from a GM who publicly announces his support for his coach, Laviolette may be for close to the door.

  14. thecheeman - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Flyers ought to be nice and loose tonight. They probably didn’t feel any pressure before.

  15. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Bout damn time somebody held this team responsible for their disgusting performance this season. The players sure as hell aren’t holding themselves accountable. If a tirade from Homer doesn’t light some fire under ya then you should just stay home. Philly better come out Flying, because I’m embarrassed to be a Flyers fan after Wednesdays “performance”. They need to realize that Hedberg isn’t Brodeur! No matter how much this team makes him look that way.

  16. mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I am so loving this mess,

  17. canucks30 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Why do you heff to be so mad?

    -Ilya ” Spaceman/Tiger/Bears” Bryzgalov

  18. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Fire Holmgren, fire Lavy…get a fricken net minder!! bryzg sucks..

  19. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Oh an trade Hartnell! I can’t stand him…at least he cut his hair so he stop whining about someone pulling it..ginger!

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