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Flyers GM: ‘Peter Laviolette is the coach’

Apr 28, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette, Paul Holmgren AP

While Ilya Bryzgalov was venting two seasons’ worth of frustrations on the Philly media on Sunday, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren took another opportunity to state that head coach Peter Laviolette will be back in 2013-14.

“Peter Laviolette is the coach,” Holmgren said. “I don’t know where all this [expletive] came from.”

He praised Laviolette for his deftness with X’s and O’s as well as his ability to rally the troops.

“Our team played hard until the end,” he said. “Peter is a strong motivator and a strong tactician. I expect him to lead our team back into the playoffs next year.”

Still, there’s that word: expect.

The Flyers organization hasn’t always been particularly patient with coaches, which partially explains the speculation.’s Tim Panaccio points out that Laviolette’s 269 games behind the bench only trails legend Fred Shero (554) and “Iron” Mike Keenan (320).

Then again, maybe Holmgren isn’t making promises because he’s not 100 percent about his job security, either.

Here’s video of Holmgren’s commentary, via

  1. tbbolts91 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Maybe it had to do with this years [expletive] record?

    • xflyersx - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Classic case of the pot calling the kettle black

  2. jimw81 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Howard Eskin just reported on philly tv that lavy and bryz will be back next year. great news for Prohockeytalk!

    • stakex - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      If it comes to pass, that really shouldn’t be a shock.

      Its less of a story that Laviolette will be back obviously. Hes had a pretty good run with the Flyers, no one questions him being a good coach, and the team never gave up on him this year. One bad season, especially a short season, isn’t enough to can the coach so long as the team didn’t quit on him. No suprise hes sticking around, and the Flyers fans who want him gone really should get their heads out of their asses and realize this season wasn’t his fault.

      It would be a bit of a suprise to see Bryz stay given him roller coaster play over the last couple season, but again… not a shock. He has shown flashes of being good, and the market for starting goalies is really thin right now. On top of that the Flyers defense the last couple seasons has been terrible, which hasn’t helped the situation at all. Oh, and lets not forget that it would cost the Flyers north of $20 million to buy Bryzgalov out… thats a LOT of money to pay someone not to play for you. So it shouldn’t shock anyone if the Flyers decide to try and ride it out with Bryz. Perhaps if they patch the defense a bit he could still end up being at least so-so.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    How about we just repost this story since it’s been run the last nine consecutive days

  4. charliereno - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I’m not a Philly fan, but after my own general observation, how in the f***ing motherf*** does Holmgren still have a job?! After trading away the likes of Carter and Bobrovsky… and this anus had the audacity to get mad at his players for a poor season? He had the nerve to get mad at reporters for questioning the job security of the coach? Holmgren is a dumbass fiche with a dumbass haircut. Sh!t in your hands and slap yourself Paul. You deserve it.

    • jimw81 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      loyalty from owner. Snider can’t let go players who used were orange and black. he finds them a job with the team.

      • ray2013 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        Thats an Oiler trait also. It has not worked out well for them.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Once a Flyer always a Flyer… the loyalty….BUT……results are the bottom line. I figure Holmer gets this summer to fix the mess HE created.

        Then pave the way for the return of The Philly Slasher……AKA. Ron Hextal

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      I get sick to my stomach every time I read something about bob (and good for him btw, happy to see him succeed), holmgren has made some great moves but this one…idk how forgivable this one is

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    @charlie… Yeah he managed to move Richards and carter for Voracek, Simmonds, B. Schenn, Coots and a pick used to get grossman.

    Cleared cap got stronger, faster, younger and deeper.simmonds > Richards, Voracek > Carter. So yeah those two moves put him as one of the top GMs last year.

    Okay so technically we traded Bob (great young goalie with a huge cap hit for a backup) and leighton who sucks horribly, for Mason (who is also very young and could be a solid number 1 in a few years) and a 2nd…

    The thing about this trade is Bob is used to playing 48 game seasons, it’s what he has done in Russia, and after that point in Philly each year he was falling off as well. We have to see what bob and mason do next year for that trade.

    Oh and he signed Bryz, an at the time veznia finalist to a long deal.

    That move some hate, but the smart fans know Bryz got well overworked and it started to show, also having D giving up who breaks 4 times a game was not very helpful. Wait to see next year.

    The flyers had a bad year, it happens, they started picking it back up when it was too late. If this was a full year I doubt they would have missed the playoffs. Fact is, the kings would have missed the playoffs last year if it was a 48 game season, yet now they have a cup

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      I agree with your points. I am really tired of people bringing up the loss of Carter and Richards as if it’s somehow the reason the Flyers had a bad season. Those guys were good (Richards is better) but they’re both replaceable. And adding four core pieces for them was the right move. People forget that both Richards (5.7) and Carter (5.3) have excessive cap hits on LONG term contracts. Now they can spread out that money across the four young guys that replaced them. Not to mention just Voracek and Simmonds had more combined points this season than Carter and Richards combined. And Schenn and Couturier have high ceilings. It’s a no-brainer.

      As for Bob… yeah it was a mistake to trade him. To replace a 23-year old, athletic netminder with a bigger 32-year old goalie wasn’t the right decision. But that move was all about what Ed Snider wanted. Bob wore out the year before, and couldn’t perform in the playoffs. So they went with the big money guy and it was the wrong move. However, Mason’s revival and Stolarz development as the top goalie in the OHL will help to even out that deal. Bobrovsky showed flashes in Philly but he never played close to the level he showed this season. When that deal was made most everyone said Scott Howson got ripped off. Bob was available to the entire league and ONLY the Blue Jackets were willing to take a chance on him. Now it’s Holmgren that got robbed. It’s easy to criticize when you know the outcome.

      • ryanrockzzz - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        Agree with all of this, and the Bob thing. He wasn’t any good when he was here in Philly, although he showed flashes no one could have thought he’d have this good of a year. Lots of people are using hindsight, but really no one cared at the time of the trade because we were hoping Bryz would be better in year two.

        I’m hoping they amnesty Bryz. The Flyers have money, and this guy obvioulsy annoys his teammates and wears on them during a full season. Secondly, the guy flat out can’t handle playing in Philly. The comments he just made to the media that he reads “every article” and that all articles are just bashing the team would be the last straw if I were the Flyers. But i’m not the Flyers, and odds are, he’ll be back for round 3 next year lol.

  6. csilojohnson - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Sooo I wonder if Lavi will get fired…

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM


  7. hockeyfan28 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    It’s obvious something as simple as giving Bryz a break with a solid backup this team looked different
    a draft pick and a couple free agents this team will be back this year was clearly a one year freak occurrence

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      right cause it’s worked so well since you guys made the finals a few years back .. (note sarcasm)

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        One word. Pronger! Now go back under your bridge you babbling retard. (NO sarcasm)

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        pronger?? whos that?? , oh wait isnt he the old man that literally got owned by dustin byfuglien in the final 4 games of the sc finals and came back next year playing like a scared rabbit? .. yea i remember him

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Really Fat Buff owned Pronger? Scared rabbit? You are about as dumb as the day is long. Please stick to stroking off to Cindy posters. It seems thats the only thing you are an authority on Miss Lohan.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        you are so stupid broadstreet, if you actually think pronger was not getting beat badly in the last part of the series then it confirms once again how easy it is to own outsmart you on here , how easy it is to goad you as well … enjoy your long lonely summer gayboy lol

  8. profsudz - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    He looks like he’s just 4 stints of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan. Probably a similar emotional toll living Philly

  9. tcclark - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Why is it that the media and the fans have destroyed Bryzgalov in everyone’s eyes, but then they assume that Bob would be the same player for the Flyers that he has been with the Blue Jackets. People say Bryz flourished in the no pressure environment of Phoenix. Bob is doing the same thing. I thought trading a goalie with a plus 3 GAA last year for a high 2nd round pick was a pretty good move. Seeing as how Stolarz is playing in the OHL this year, it’s looking even better. Bob would not be playing like this in Philly.

  10. crazemastercraze - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Another year of flyers fans going totally crazy. Going to love it!!!! Thank you Paul!!!!!

    • ibieiniid - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      who’s going crazy? and how “thank you paul?” he came in on a horrible team in 06-07, and hasn’t missed the playoffs since (until this year obviously). I’m thinking he’ll stick around.

  11. President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    bottom line is ………………. the problem hasent been solved in philly since………………..

  12. crazemastercraze - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    ibieiniid: I’m watching you go craze, just by acknowledging my post. You’ll be craze next year….. You’ll see

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      i see. now that the flyers are knocked out, everything their fans say is automatically crazed lunatic material. i get it now.

      you’re a f’ing moron dude. holmgren will stay.

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