The ‘How’ of Homer

When Paul Holmgren took over as the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006, I received numerous messages from my friends who grew up as fans of the Hartford Whalers. Those messages ranged from, “Good luck with that,” to “What a terrible choice” to the simple but poignant, “Bwahahahahaha.” These were people jaded by the abysmal record that the Whalers posted during his tenure as Hartford’s coach and his brief stint as GM in the years that eventually led up to Hartford’s relocation to Carolina. (His DUI and stint at Betty Ford likely did not help matters …

3 on 3 for the week of 11.20.2011

Welcome once again to 3-on-3, where we take a statistical look at the Philadelphia Flyers and their performance for the past week. The Fly Guys won 3 out of 4 games last week , getting 6 out of a possible 8 points, good enough to gain a share of first place in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh. Let’s see who were this week’s “hot” and “not” Flyers: 3 “Hot”: Matt Read – The young rookie from Bemidji State University continues to position himself as a rookie of the year candidate. He scored 5 goals and added an assist in 4 …

3 on 3 for the week of 11.13.2011

Welcome to 3-on-3 , where we look back on the past week of Flyers games and break down the numbers to see who is hot and who could be playing better. The Orange and Black dropped their only contest of the week to Tampa Bay down at  St. Pete Times Forum in overtime, salvaging one point out of two.  Let’s get to this week 3 “hot” Flyers: Scott Harnell — Harnell continued his resurgence with the Flyers’ only goal of the evening, a power play tally and his sixth goal of the season. He is still 3rd on the team …

Five Reasons I Love The Flyers: Kevin Keating

Kevin Keating is a knowledgable hockey fan who I had the pleasure of meeting at development camp. He runs the site What the puck? and you can also follow him on Twitter. He’s a huge fan of the Flyers. Below, he gives up the top five reasons why he loves the organization. 1.  The History I’ve found this to be the most intriguing recently.  While other teams have a rich and historic back catalogue (see:  Canadiens, Maple Leafs etc etc), no one else in this league is still defined by a nickname they earned 40 years ago.  Just a few …

Holmgren on Pronger

Q: Did he go to the hospital? A: “No, our eye doctor came here. He’s going to see the eye doctor every day for the next four days. We think after that time that he’ll be out of, we don’t want to say danger, but if everything goes ok and if the swelling goes down, he should start on some kind of an exercise program shortly after that, and we’re hoping he’ll be able to rejoin the team within ten days to two weeks. And skating-wise, not necessarily playing wise.” Q: Is there a prognosis on it? A: “Well, not really. …