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Answering reader mail, even when there isn’t any

I’ll let you in on a little media secret. Every time a writer uses a column to answer mail, or even better, “clean out the mailbag,” it usually means they just don’t have a strong enough premise to carry a whole piece. Or they just ran out of time. I cop to both those this week. With the Phantoms having played only four games, two of them in the far reaches of St. John’s, Newfoundland, there isn’t a whole lot of new material to cover. So please forgive me for me turning to the old writer’s crutch of answering reader …

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Terry Murray speaks 6/29/12

Shortly after his re-hiring back into the Flyers organization on Friday, Terry Murray gave some brief thoughts. Below is the full transcript, courtesy of the club: Q: After all your time in the NHL, what made this job attractive to you? “Well, I got a call from Paul Holmgren before the draft.  We made a commitment over the phone to do this.  There wasn’t a lot of stuff coming in from the NHL teams after I got fired in LA.  The phone rings for about four or five days and then it goes silent, and there was nothing up until …

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Murray named Phantoms head coach; Laperriere to Flyers front office

As had been rumored as far back as last week, the Flyers made it official on Friday, naming former player/assistant/scout/head coach Terry Murray the head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms. “We feel very fortunate to be able to bring Terry back to the Flyers organization as head coach of the Phantoms,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said.  “Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, is an excellent teacher and a strong believer in the development process of young players.” “I really appreciate the opportunity to come back to the Flyers organization and I’m really looking forward to the challenge that’s …

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Point/Counterpoint: Terry Murray in Adirondack

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week Nick D and Bob H renew their shenanigans, debating whether or not Terry Murray is the right man for the job with the Adirondack Phantoms. Point, from Nick:  There’s no doubt Terry Murray is well traveled and versed as a coach in the NHL. He has been a head coach and an assistant coach for numerous teams at the highest level, including the Philadelphia Flyers. His philosophy has always been …

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Carter and Richards, together again

It wasn’t that long ago — May 24, 2010 to be exact — that Jeff Carter and Mike Richards simultaneously reached the zenith of their respective careers. It was the night the Flyers finally dispatched the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals here. But 13 months later, it all exploded on a day which will live in infamy, as Carter and his monster multi-year deal was shuttled to Columbus, and Richards and his mega contract was sent off to Los Angeles. Eight months to the day we saw a visibly shaken Paul Holmgren discuss why those …

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