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Paterson out as Phantoms head coach

Unexpected news arrived late this afternoon, revealing that Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson has been relieved from his duties as head coach after less than two seasons at the helm. “As an organization, we feel the Phantoms need a new voice moving forward,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in a brief statement issued on the club’s web site.  “We would like to thank Joe for his hard work and service to the Phantoms over the past season and a half, but we feel a new direction is needed at this time.” Paterson, who took over in late December of 2010, …

The 731 days and nights of Peter Laviolette

It began with a whimper, but how will it end? That’s the question I find myself asking, as the second anniversary of Peter Laviolette’s hiring passes. We’re at the halfway point for the tenure of most NHL head coaches, so while there’s no question Lavy’s got some good things on his ledger, it’s a given that going forward, we’re simply going to experience the back end of his time in Philadelphia. It was a big step for the organization to bring in the Massachusetts native, then just two days from his 45th birthday. He was an American — only the second …