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Paul Holmgren is Going to Fire Peter Laviolette! Paul Holmgren is Not Going to Fire Peter Laviolette!

Kyle Scott - March 14, 2013

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Go fuck yourself

I call this post, Dichotomy.

Paul Holmgren spoke with reporters today, ostensibly to get grilled on why he put together such an overmatched team. Peter Laviolette’s job came up and, depending on who you believe, Homer gave the coach a vote of confidence. Or he didn’t.

Sam Carchidi…

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… and Mr. Panaccio…

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Hmm.

Carchidi explains how it went down: [Philly.com]

Asked if Laviolette was on the hot seat, Holmgren said, “I don’t think so.”

Holmgren later added: “I haven’t even thought about” making a coaching change and that he was “not at the point” of making a major trade.

 

It’s getting to be that time– the Flyers haven’t fired a coach in three years. It must be Lavs’ fault that they haven’t won a Stanley Cup since Ed Snider’s fiancée was seven.

John Tortorella Says the Rangers are “Playing with Some Jam”

Kyle Scott - January 24, 2013

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Photo: SB Nation

John Tortorella and his big yapper spoke to Pierre McGuire during the Rangers-Bruins game last night about what makes the Rangers successful. This, apparently: “Just grinding it out and playing with some jam.”

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WITH SOME WHAT?

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Now, I have no idea if this is a phrase that is said in locker rooms across the league. But I had never heard it before Peter Laviolette's tirade last season. Played hockey for eight years, too– never heard it then, either. So was Torts just saying what was on his mind? Was this a Freudian slip because, somewhere deep down inside, he wishes that he, too, could spit grammaticals of fire? Was Torts intentionally prodding Lavs before tonight’s game? We don’t know. But what we do know is that it is not Torts' phrase, and that it would be best to step off it, good sir.

Video after the jump.

H/T to Bleeding Brotherly Love

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Signs of a Lockout: This Looks Like Scott Hartnell and Peter Luukko Tailgating Before the Eagles Game

Kyle Scott - October 15, 2012

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After posting this pic in the Monday Afternoon Roundup, I noticed that the person talking to Scott Hartnell looked familiar. Upon closer inspection, it appears to be Peter Luukko, Comcast Spectacor COO. 

As best as I understand it, teams and players are allowed to have contact during the lockout, but not in any sort of official or business capacity. And judging by the beverage in Luukko’s hand and Hartnell’s 90-degree elbow bend, it seems that this was nothing more than casual conversation, which I'm sure touched on the current work stoppage completely avoided the current labor dispute.

Hartnell, of course, has nothing to be worried about. The Flyers signed him to a six-year extension before the lockout.

Reader Christian, who took the picture, also said that Kimmo Timonen and “Hatcher” were there. But that’s hard to tell from the picture.

UPDATE: Hartnell also rode the bull at PBR:

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pic via reader Scott

And of course, if you have video, we'd love to see it.

Peter Laviolette, Fashion Correspondent

Kyle Scott - September 27, 2012

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Peter Laviolette can’t be taking this lockout well. I imagine that he chews on glass to keep busy. Perhaps screams obscenities at neighborhood children who take their sweet ass time walking to the bus stop. What, the fuck, is the matter with you? Yesterday? Fine, you were tired. Not today. Unacceptable. I don’t give A FUCK that daddy hit mommy. Not gonna have it! Not here, not now. This is too important. Now let’s go– get on that bus with some fucking jam!

I’m just guessing.

Anyway, I’m assuming the Flyers are still paying him, and, well, it’s not to coach. So just what is Lavs doing to keep busy? Well, this:

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Photo: Flyers 

Kind of literally.

That’s Lavs' wife, Kristen, who was honored along with 18 other women for her “talent, style and contribution to the city of Philadelphia” at the XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia Awards on September 18.

Lavs wrote about it for the Flyers’ website. Let’s do that again: Peter Laviolette wrote an article about a ceremony honoring, ostensibly, hot women. His wife included.

What a fucking boss.

To the grammaticals, which are hilarious: [I included the entire article, because it’s awesome]

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Flyers Sign Peter Laviolette to Multi-Year Extension

Kyle Scott - August 1, 2012

The Flyers announced this morning that they signed Peter Laviolette to a multi-year extension:

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they agreed to terms with head coach Peter Laviolette on a multi-year contract extension, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.

"We are thrilled to have Peter continue his work with our group as we push to compete for the Stanley Cup,” Holmgren said. “Peter has done a terrific job for us and is very deserving of this extension."

 

On length (I bet it's pretty massive): Flyers Inside Reporter Anthony SanFilippo says it's for two years, plus the one-year remaining. So, three.

No one thought Lavs was going anywhere and this just pretty much cements that. The good news is that, for once, Flyers coaching news doesn’t involve Ed Snider throwing someone out of his private jet. Figurative, of course.

Lavs couldn't be reached for comment, but we're told this was his reaction:

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To celebrate, please watch the The Complete Peter Laviolette, after the jump.

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In a Lawsuit, ex-Union Coach Peter Nowak Provides all the Reasons Why He is an Asshole

Kyle Scott - July 24, 2012

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Several times over the past year, we told you that (now ex-)Union coach Peter Nowak was an asshole. Now we have some evidence… provided by Nowak’s lawyer in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Union last week. Documents from the lawsuit were obtained by Philly.com.

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The details:

In June, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz announced at a press conference that Nowak had been fired. The announcement wasn’t much of a surprise, as it came in the midst of a lousy start for the Union and on the heels of a report that Nowak was actively seeking the head coaching position with Hearts, of the Scottish Premier League. It was clear that there was some friction between Nowak and the front office, players, and even fans. Still, though, the team softened the language at the press conference, saying only that Nowak had “stepped down.” Against his will, of course.

What really happened?

The Union told Nowak he was being fired and gave him one of two options: either sign a termination agreement (this one) that would pay him only through only the end of 2012 – not 2015, like his contract (this one) stipulated – or don’t sign, in which case he would not be paid any severance and his contract would not be honored based on reasons (causes) that were detailed in a letter to Nowak (this one). 

In the lawsuit (this one), Nowak, who was to be paid roughly $400,000 a year through 2015, claims wrongful termination, citing a clause in his contract (this one) that states he be given 15 days to “cure the occurrence” of any cause for termination. Of course, the lawsuit makes no mention of the sentence that follows that clause: except that Club shall have no obligation to provide Manager such opportunity to cure if Club determines, in its good faith judgment, that the occurrence is of a nature that is not curable or that Manager's continued  employment during a cure period could be reasonably be expected to result in material harm to Club.

Translated: If the Manager is such a colossal asshole beyond repair, and keeps trading away our best players, we can fire him without notice

Nowak's lawyer left that part out.

The letter detailing those causes for termination (this one) is awesome, along with the separation agreement detailing Nowak's two options (take the severance or receive nothing), were given to Nowak on the day he was fired– there was no 15-day notice. 

So what were the causes, you ask? Mr. Nowak’s attorney included the letter in the lawsuit, and I can’t imagine it is going to help his client, either in this case or in the long-term.

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Dan Carcillo Rips Michael Leighton… and Peter Laviolette

Kyle Scott - July 23, 2012

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I struggled with the idea of posting about anything Dan Carcillo said. The only time I can recall doing such a thing is when Carcillo tweeted about finger-banging someone who was later revealed to be a CB reader (chronicled right… hither).

He quickly removed (and likely regretted) that comment. 

But, this weekend, speaking at a Blackhawks fan forum, which was likely attended by about seven to nine people, Car Bomb went boom again, this time taking aim at former teammate Michael Leighton and… Peter Laviolette? 

First up, Big Bear Michael Leighton. According to some Twitterererererers in attendance, one of which admitted that Carcillo’s comment were mostly tongue-in-cheek,  Car Bomb said: “If we had better goaltending, maybe we would have put up a fight.” 

Ouch. While I certainly can’t blame anyone for, um, blaming Leighton about anything (he’s what the Spanish call El Terrible), throwing a former teammate under the bus is bush league. Not to mention inaccurate. The Flyers did put up a fight. Leighton gave up the soft winner to Patrick Kane, but can hardly be blamed for the Flyers losing the series. The Blackhawks were a better team. 

About Lavs? Not many details exist, but Carcillo said something to the effect of having “zero respect” for the Flyers coach. 

We didn’t reach out to Lavs for comment, but we’re guessing his response would have been somewhere along the lines of go fuck yourself.

via Puck Daddy

Union Fire Peter Nowak

Kyle Scott - June 13, 2012

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It’s official: The Union have fired manager Peter Nowak, CEO Nick Sakiewicz announced today. Actually, Saciewizicizcizcz said Nowak “stepped down,” but then added that it was the team’s decision. So, he was fired.

Sakiewiciwicicicziziciz named former assistant John Hackworth the interim manager. The CEO also made it clear that Nowak had been in-charge of all personnel decisions, an admittance that basically (and perhaps rightfully) threw him under the bus for the perplexing trades of Sebastien Le Toux and, more recently, Danny Mwanga, among other moves.

One thing that stood out: Sakickicizizciziciziz was baffled by a question about waning fan support, saying that there are still sellout crowds. And while he may be right, he clearly doesn’t get the fact that butts in seats – especially in a relatively small stadium – does not equate to satisfaction. Most Union fans are pissed at the direction the team is headed.

Personally? I’m watching the Union from a relative distance. But, to me, it seems like the front office has mismanaged the bejesus out of the club. A big part of that was Nowak, however. And he’s gone now.