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Flyers GM Holmgren, coach Laviolette ‘Not at all’ on the hot seat

Sep 13, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and head coach Peter Laviolette received a vote of confidence from chairman Ed Snider on Friday.

“They’re not on the hot seat,” Snider told CSN Philadelphia.

“Not at all. I don’t think anybody can look at the job Paul Holmgren did in the offseason this year and not say it was outstanding. Every move a GM makes isn’t going to be perfect. They all make mistakes.”

That’s relatively high praise of Holmgren, despite some of his moves in the past, such as signing of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to that nine-year, $51 million contract.

This summer, Bryzgalov, who despite his quirky personality and unique sound bites, was bought out by the Flyers after just two seasons.

That’s one example of an overtly expensive move that didn’t pan out. Buying Bryzgalov out was a decision Snider supported.

The Flyers missed out on the Stanley Cup playoffs this past spring by six points, finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.

  1. mcphillthy - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Man… They really needed something to write about today, huh? Hurryx hockey season!!

  2. sgtr0c - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    PHT just kinda succ

  3. goodolejr - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    To be fair, it’s widely known that Snider was the one who wanted Bryz. He was the one saying they weren’t going to go thru the goalie carousel again after getting swept by Boston. Bryz shouldn’t be a factor at all in Homer’s job strictly for that reason.

    Now all of those NTCs/NMCs are another story..

  4. pv1960 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Snider is a senile old man.

  5. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    which of course means he’s totally on the hot seat… might even be on the verge of losing his job.

  6. mclovinhockey - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Homer has been a pretty awesome GM recently.
    I mean moving Richards and carter for a bundle of players (voracek, Simmond, schenn, coots, a pick which we got grossman for and prospects) all while being at the same cap hit… I mean ace and Simmonds alone put up more points than Richards and carter last year, this move was an A+
    Then he is able to sign a goalie who was just a vezina finalist to a long deal… Well that did not work out so well but it was a good move still…
    And this year the flyers grabbed the top forward, D and goalie available (statistically speaking of course)

    Oh and here is a fun fact. The pens grabbed 2 teams captains for about 3 months and traded off their future, everyone called him a genius.

    Flyers got 2 teams captains for years and traded almost nothing…

    Homer is actually doing very well!

  7. hockeyfan28 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Homer probably not…..Lavy definitely

  8. crazemastercraze - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    In flyers land, everything is positive all the time. If the team was infected with the Ebola virus and liquifying their organs Flyers management would tell you that nothing was wrong and that it was part of their training.

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