What They Had To Say

As we reported last week, the inevitable transition from Paul Holmgren to Ron Hextall as general manager of the Flyers was written in the wind last summer.

Here's some interesting transcripts of the changeover today, courtesy of the Flyers. First up is Holmgren and then Hextall:

Flyers President Paul Holmgren
Off-Podium Availability

When you went to Ed (Snider) in January, Pet

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Snider: Changes Coming in Front Office

Wondering what Flyers chairman Ed Snider had to say on Friday at breakup day?

Here's the full transcript among the few reporters who showed up, me included:

ED SNIDER: (courtesy of the Flyers)

Where do you think the team needs to be improved next season?

It’s really too early to make an observation like that. I’ll wait to talk to Paul and his staff before even venturing into th

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Does The Past Help Tonight?

Confidence can be a tricky thing in sports.

Sometime, you have so much of it, you take it for granted.

The Flyers had a 11 third period comeback wins this season. A franchise record. And yet their last one came on March 2 at Washington.

They went another month without getting one and they could have used a few. Why? Because sometimes you become too dependent on allowing things to slip and

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Special Teams Guts It Out

Craig Berube promised adjustments from the Flyers for Game 4 against the Rangers and his team delivered.

Besides making an impact on the power play with a game-winning goal, the Flyers did very good work on the PK, shutting down 4 Ranges power plays while Steve Mason was nothing short of superb with 37 saves.

Special teams were a deciding factor in the Flyers getting this series even at 2-ga

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Time’s Yours, Steve and Claude

Every time we think Steve Mason is about to go into the net for the Flyers or whether he's going to remain out, something unexpected occurs.

Last weekend, we all thought Mason would go in Game 2 based on a practice the previous day that was so upbeat, the Flyers sent Cal Heeter to Hershey.

Next day, we find out that Mason had all kinds of head/neck issues and wasn't going and Heeter was bein

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Emery Needs Help Today

Reading the comments out there coming off Game 1 of this Flyers-Rangers series and going into Game 2, there seems to be a perception that Ray Emery cost the Flyers the game.

What remains amazing to me is that it was 1-1 in the third period when the Flyers were being so badly outplayed. Emery gave them a chance.

When you don't get offensive draws, when there is no forecheck, no setup and mos

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The Curse Continues

We often kid ourselves in the Flyers press room about the "curse" that seemingly has hung over this franchise since last winning a Stanley Cup in 1975.

Which means, any of you reading this or scanning Hockeybuzz weren't even born back then.

The familiar refrain every year spring with the Flyers has been, "they got questions in goal."

This was the one season in I don't know how long where

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Down to the Wire

The last thing the Flyers wanted to have happened was to come into the final weekend of the regular season with pressure to win out.

And what happens on Friday night with Columbus playing at Tampa Bay will have a direct impact on either increasing the pressure or relieving some of it.

As good as this team felt about itself after clinching a playoff berth on Tuesday in Florida, they looked

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Why Can’t Flyers Admit Punishment Was Correct?

Judging from the reaction out there in Twitter and other sites, I don't think there are many Flyer fans or hockey fans, in general, who feel Zac Rinaldo was tagged with something he didn't deserve.

A 4-game suspension for a deliberate head shot against Chad Ruhwedel. Those four games carry through the remainder of the regular season.

Had there been six games left, I think Rinaldo would hav

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So Why the Secrecy?

One of the odd injuries to come out of the Bruins-Flyers shootout on Sunday was Kimmo Timonen taking a deflection off his chin.

Monday was an optional skate with just 14 players on the ice. Timonen wasn't one of them. In fact , his equipment remained behind in his locker stall long after everyone else's had been packed to St. Louis this afternoon.

Timonen stayed behind. That means Erik Gus

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