The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have relieved Joe Paterson of his duties as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
No successor has been named at this time.
“As an organization, we feel the Phantoms need a new voice moving forward,” Holmgren said. “We would like to thank Joe for his hard work and service to the Phantoms over the past season and a half, but we feel a new direction is needed at this time.”
I don't understand it really, Homer and Lavy both praised him for his great work with the players during the year.
Twitter account of Tim McManus (Phantoms' beat writer - The Glens Falls Post-Star)
I don't post much but this really surprised me. I thought Paterson was an unsung hero this year. With all the injuries, the callups all seemed well prepared and some got thrown into a lot of ice time including special teams.
Wow... as someone who watched the Phantoms, this is a terrible move. Just look at his roster. Half nondrafted guys, half old over the hill players. He got them to produce (the best non-drafted guys can do) and put players where they belonged.
Flabbergasted by this move. In a little over a season and a half, Paterson took over a team that was badly mismanaged by the previous coach and got everyone back on track. He made the team competitive and players were responding. Why Holmgren would relieve him of his duties now is especially head scratching.