Phil Posted November 27, 2018 Share Posted November 27, 2018 2. So, where do they look? This wasn?t waking up Sunday morning and suddenly deciding. Scott said they?d been considering it for some time. Holmgren didn?t make it sound like he wanted to keep the job. ?Our goal is weeks, not months,? Scott added, so this will not be an enormous search ? more like a targeted one. There are some with Flyers connections, including Scott Mellanby and Chris Pronger. Holmgren said Dean Lombardi, already in the organization, will not be a candidate. There is a belief Holmgren wants fresh perspective and will pursue non-Philly blood. Ex-GMs Chuck Fletcher and Ron Francis have already been fingered, and both make sense, although there?s doubt Francis seeks anything more than an advisory position. I figure they have to at least ask Steve Yzerman if he?s interested. Curious to see if Philly asks to talk to Tom Fitzgerald, Mark Hunter or even Chris Drury. 3. Why Drury? It was in July 2007 that Holmgren, in his first full off-season as Philadelphia?s GM, signed Daniel Briere to an eight-year, $52 million contract. When Briere retired in 2015, Holmgren invited him to learn the business. Now, Briere is GM of the ECHL Maine Mariners, who have an affiliate agreement with both the Flyers and the New York Rangers ? who employ Drury, an old friend and teammate. In an appearance this season on the 31 Thoughts podcast, Briere said he preferred to keep his options open, but a career in management is a possibility. He?s not a candidate for the job. But, after the podcast, one exec reached out to say that Holmgren respects him. If Briere asked, it?s not a stretch he suggests a conversation with Drury. Not sure the Rangers would love that. https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-senators-melnyk-scrambling-save-arena-deal/ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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