Some Thoughts on Flyers President Paul Holmgren’s Move to Senior Advisor

The worst-kept secret in Philadelphia sports is finally public. Former GM Paul Holmgren is leaving his post as President of Hockey Operations to become a Senior Advisor to Comcast Spectacor Chairman/CEO and Governor of the Philadelphia Flyers, Dave Scott:

The news comes after months of speculation surrounding Holmgren’s future with the team. Anthony SanFilippo and I interviewed Holmgren at SkateZone in Voorhees, NJ back in April and broached the subject with him.

Video after the jump:

(Starting at 21:50)

Anthony: Does the fire still burn for you? Do you see this as something you want to see to fruition before you wander off into the sunset?

Holmgren: Absolutely. I want Chuck [Fletcher] to succeed. I want Scott Gordon to succeed, or whoever the coach is moving forward. I love the Flyers. It’s in my blood. I want the Flyers to win as much or more than anyone.

Anthony: Can it get done while you’re here?

Holmgren: Yeah.

Anthony: Ya think so?

Holmgren (joking): I’m only 40 years old.

Anthony: I was just curious. I didn’t know what your plans were moving forward, so that’s why I thought I’d ask.

Holmgren: I’m excited to be here talking to you guys.

A long-held belief from people with the team was that Holmgren was chosen by late owner Ed Snider to keep the essence of the Flyers alive. There has been pretty dramatic upheaval on the business side of the organization, which we’ve previously outlined on this site and on Snow The Goalie. While plenty of fans are sure to be excited by the news of another “old guard” member of the organization taking a back seat role, there are others who would caution that this could signal yet another opportunity for the corporate side of Comcast to take over the team, effectively erasing the goodwill built up internally throughout Snider’s time as owner. While some reporters have spread the idea that this was a move that Holmgren wanted to make, there have been murmurs that Holmgren’s relationship with certain Comcast-based employees had frayed. Perhaps Holmgren was tired of fighting. Or maybe Holmgren, like Bobby Clarke before him, just wanted some time to relax, play golf, and enjoy life with his family after an extensive career in the game.

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9 Comments

  • At least we won in the 70's when bread was a nickle a loaf and it rained chocolate bars from the sky and JFK was president...... July 11, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    They should fire the ENTIRE front office and start from scratch without any of the
    “good old boys”. The flyers will NEVER win another championship again using anything
    close to the current front office structure.

  • racccissssss broad July 11, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Flyers and Sixers both suck, end of story, the Phillies suck too b/c 2008 is a thousand years ago already. Why does Crossing Broad only employ white men?

    • Jacks Ham July 11, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Because if you ain’t white…you ain’t right. The man will keep holding you down just as he should. Now go get my shine box!

  • Chow bella July 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Governors do not own their states.
    People do however, own sports franchises.
    I’m not understanding this destruction of our language.

  • Big dom on essington ave July 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    I am not a fan of the loser who just called in to Mike Miss and called him a meatball on air.

  • I'll wait July 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Anyone want to take a guess at what color the first african slave owner in America was?

  • Hardcore 2 1/2 for 4 July 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Riveting discussion going on right now on 97.5 about Tyrone being anti-pumpkin. He REALLY hates those pumpkins.

    • Tiger Beat Truther July 11, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      This is why sports radio and for that matter podcasts are USELESS without callers. If you leave the hosts to generate content, it seems to always end up with them laughing at one another trying to fill airtime. As banal as the callers are, still more entertaining than the hosts (I can think of a commenter/website analogy here too).

  • Kate Smith's Corpse July 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    This is great news another tired old stiff from the old regime is gone, like me! At least they had a statue of me, all Paul had was bad contracts and bad draft choices! Glad to see we are turning a corner maybe we get a cup now in another 20 years!

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