Ed Snider Has A Lot to Say

Ed_sniderSource: DayLife.com

Ed Snider isn’t exactly avoiding the pressing questions facing the Flyers. The Chairman spoke to Sam Donnellon yesterday and talked about goaltending, Michael Richards, and… Philly Live, which will host the world’s largest sports bar.

A few highlights:

"Right there, that's going to be the world's largest sports bar," he was saying as we stood at the window this week. "Right there, where 11th meets Pattison. That's going to be the start of Philly Live!"

The multistory bar, which will absorb 50,000 square feet of the 300,000-square-foot site, will be ready to serve customers by the Phillies opener in 2012, he said. As for the rest, of which the centerpiece is to be a luxury hotel, well . . .

"We're still waiting for the economy," the CEO and president of the Flyers and Sixers said.


That’s like 11 months away. Count me as being skeptical.

Regarding Richie? This isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement from the usually outspoken Snider:

Snider is asked if his team has the right captain.

"I'm the last guy in the world to ask that," he said. "I don't know any more than you do. I really don't. I'm not there every day. I'm not in the locker room. You've been around hockey enough to know there's an inner sanctum there. In that locker room you don't know what's going on. It's up to the coach, who probably has a handle on it by now."


You would expect something a bit more concrete, like… “He’s our captain, led this team to within two games of a Stanley Cup last year, and played most of the season with an injury. He’s our guy.”

And on Leighton:

While calling Laviolette's use of Leighton in the playoffs "sentimental," Snider said, "We're lucky to have him," when asked about the coach. And he had no problem with Holmgren avoiding a trade last summer for Tim Thomas. "Let's not get into revisionist history," he said. "That decision was made after the goalies we had took us to the Stanley Cup finals. If we're going to blow up Leighton over the horrible goal, then his three shutouts didn't mean anything.

"We didn't think we needed a goalie. And particularly a $6 million goalie who couldn't play first string for the team he was on."


“Sentimental” doesn’t exactly have a place in professional sports championship tournaments. And the $6 million backup goalie is getting ready to play in the Eastern Conference Finals.

You can read the full article at Philly.com.

According to Ike Richman, Snider will be on CSN tonight to talk – I'm guessing – more about Richards and the goalies… and probably his renovation of Laura Sims Skatehouse.

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6 Responses

  1. Hey! Wha, wait!! Carchidi said HE had the EXCLUSIVE interview with Snider! It was in the paper, it MUST be true!! Maybe we can get a Carchidi/Donnellon tweet war going.

  2. I know, looking back, it would have been a GREAT deal, but the Bruins wanted Carter for a goalie with a huge cap hit who wasn’t the starter on his team FOR A REASON. He was hurt and not performing. He is older. No one could have predicted, with any kind of real confidence, that Thomas would have the season he did this year. The Bruins got lucky that the cap hit was too much for ANY team to trade for him. Can’t blame the front office on that one. I will, however, blame the front office if they do not bring in one of these three goalies this offseason: Ilya Bryzgalov, Jonathan Quick, or Bernier.
    One of those three MUST be wearing Orange and Black by October.

  3. My hunch is that they will pursue a trade to free up cap space & sign Bryzgalov.
    Why not do that & make the trade a deal that lands Bernier too? It fixes the short & long terms in goal.

  4. – “‘Sentimental’ doesn’t exactly have a place in professional sports championship tournaments.’
    Fair and right on.
    – “And the $6 million backup goalie is getting ready to play in the Eastern Conference Finals.”
    Not fair and smug. The Bruins are playing out of their minds. And who would have known Tim Thomas would be performing at this level? Let’s remember that Michael Leighton did take us to the finals last year, after all. At one level, correlation is not causation. At another, the Bruins are hot and that doesn’t necessarily mean Thomas would be great for us.

  5. Mr. Snider was definitely pissed about Leighton and the whole “goalie carousel” thing. As for Thomas leading the Bruins to the ECFs, that’s just how unpredictable a goaltender is… they better make the right decision if they decide to go for one.

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