Ed Snider said Friday that Peter Laviolette and Paul Holmgren, who took the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, remain safe after the Flyers missed the playoffs in 2013 for only the second time since the 1994-95 season. (AP)
Flyers chairman Ed Snider said Friday afternoon that general manager Paul Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette have his backing this season and neither are on the “hot seat” when the season starts.
The Flyers didn’t make the playoffs last spring for the second time in this decade.
A lot of eyes focused on the moves that Holmgren was unable to make before the lockout began last summer, citing it as one of the reasons the Flyers failed so miserably last season, along with a rash of injuries.
“They’re not on the hot seat,” Snider said. “Not at all. I don’t think anybody can look at the job Paul Holmgren did in the offseason this year and not say it was outstanding. Every move a GM makes isn’t going to be perfect. They all make mistakes."
Snider said he doesn't make decisions on just one season. He looks at overall contributions when it comes to evaluating personnel, and gave Holmgren major credit for the offseason acquisitions of Vinny Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery.
“You have to gauge the good things as opposed to anything negative and Paul has done good things for this organization ever since he became general manager," he said. "There’s no issue there whatsoever.
“As far as Peter [Laviolette] is concerned, last year was an anomaly. He’s been a very good coach for us. A good coach in this league. We’re thrilled to have him.”