Flyers, GM agree to three-year extension

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers and general manager Paul Holmgren have reportedly agreed to a contract extension.

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the two sides agreed to a three- year extension. Holmgren's current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the current campaign.

Holmgren took over the GM role on October 22, 2006 when Bob Clarke resigned and head coach Ken Hitchcock was fired after the Flyers got off to a rocky 1-6-1 start.

That season saw the club struggle to a franchise and NHL-worst 22-48-12 record, but under his tutelage the team has become a Stanley Cup contender.

Despite being a seventh-seed in the playoffs last season, Philadelphia advanced to the Cup Finals for the first time since 1997 and made it to Game 6 before falling to the Chicago Blackhawks. The playoff run also saw the team come back from a three-games-to-none deficit to defeat Boston in seven games in the conference semifinals.

Entering Tuesday's action, the Flyers sit atop the Eastern Conference with 63 points and, despite not having a player in the top-20 in points, lead the conference in scoring.

Holmgren was a rough-and-tumble Flyers winger from 1975-84, an assistant coach from 1985-88, then the club's head coach from June, 1988 through December, 1991. He guided the club to a record of 107-126-31 in four seasons plus a memorable run to the Wales Conference finals in 1989.

The native of St. Paul, Minnesota was a sixth-round pick by the Flyers in 1975 draft. After a brief stint in the World Hockey Association, he played in 500 games over parts of nine seasons for the franchise and posted 138 goals with 171 assists for 309 points. His 1,600 penalty minutes rank second to Rick Tocchet in club history.

Holmgren finished his playing career with the Minnesota North Stars, recording a total of 144 goals and 179 assists for 323 points in 527 games. Despite a reputation as a feared enforcer during his playing days, he became the first American-born player to record a hat trick in a Stanley Cup Final game, doing so in 1980 when the Flyers fell to the New York Islanders.

The 52-year-old also coached the Hartford Whalers in parts of four seasons from 1992-93 to '95-96, serving as general manager for part of the tenure, and compiled a coaching record of 59-93-14.


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