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For Flyers, top goalie a priority (Also, Philly.com article in post #23)
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05-11-2011, 04:38 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
Ed Snider made it perfectly clear: The Flyers’ goalie carousel will stop. Now.
In an exclusive interview with The Inquirer on Wednesday, Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, called the team’s recently completed season a “major disappointment” and strongly implied that adding a goalie was atop his priority list
After finishing second in the Eastern Conference and outlasting Buffalo in the opening round of the playoffs, the Flyers were swept by the Boston in the conference semifinals.
During the playoffs, the Flyers equaled a dubious NHL record by making seven in-game goalie switches.
“It was strange, and something I never want to see again,” said Snider, adding he had a "productive" meeting Wednesday with general manager Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko, the Comcast-Spectacor president.
The Flyers had a 3.46 playoff goals-against average, placing them 14th out of 16 teams.
Told that the fan base was lamenting about needing a true No. 1 goalie for a few decades, Snider fired back: “I want one, too.”
“So either one of the goalies we have has to step up in training camp, or we have to make improvements to make sure it happens. But we are NEVER going to go through the goalie issues we’ve gone through in the last couple of years again.”
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