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Holmgren Tells Inquirer Laviolette Will Not Get Fired

It's going to be a longer off season for the Flyers than they're used to.

Among the topics heading into the off season is the job security of head coach Peter Laviolette. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren reassured the safety of his head coach.

Via Sam Carchidi's article this morning:

"I haven't even thought along those lines," Holmgren told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the situation. We haven't had our whole team all year. I don't blame the coaches.

Concussion Update: Briere Could Play Thursday; Grossmann Out Another 2-3 Weeks

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren gave reporters some updates today concerning injured forward Danny Briere and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, both battling concussions.

Holmgren said that of all the injured players, Briere has the best chance of playing Thursday against the Senators. He sounded optimistic in his assessment of Briere's situation.

Flyers Sign G Steve Mason to One-Year Extension

General Manager Paul Holmgren announced this afternoon that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million. Mason was acquired in a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3 for Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round pick.

The 24-year-old goaltender busted onto the NHL scene back in 2008. In his rookie season, he posted a 33-20-7 record with the Blue Jackets, posting ten shutouts, and owning an impressive .916 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average.

Coburn's Nightmare Season Likely Ends

General Manager Paul Holmgren announced on Friday that Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. With only a handful of games left in the season, this likely means his season is done.

The length of his departure all depends on the degree of his shoulder's separation, but risking further injury in a season like the one that has unfolded makes close to zero sense. Coburn's departure has promped a callup of Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen.

Originally a steal in the trade from the Atlanta Thrashers for Alexei Zhitnik back in 2007, the 28-year-old Saskatchewan native posted just five points through 33 games—a stark contrast to his 36 point season in 2007-08. His point production has sharply decreased since that point to the lowest it has ever been in his career as a Flyer by far.

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Comeback Identity Plagues the Flyers

Rewind to the Spring of 2010. The Philadelphia Flyers, down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup semifinal round, came back to take the series against the Boston Bruins while down 3-0 in game seven. The comeback mentality of the Flyers started then, and it hasn't let go.

That moment in Flyers history may be a fond one, but it may have ruined the current cast of players. Expecting comebacks every night takes a lot of stamina and endurance to pull off. It shouldn't be expected on a nightly basis.

(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov allows Brad Richards' 2nd period goal. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tye McGinn Out A "Few Weeks" With Broken Orbital Bone

The acquisition of Simon Gagne may have been a reactionary move for the Flyers.

Less than two hours after the trade, general manager Paul Holmgren revealed that rookie winger Tye McGinn will miss a "few weeks" with a broken orbital bone.

McGinn was cut above his right eye in a first period fight with Toronto's Mike Brown. He didn't return to the game after.

(Pictured: Tye McGinn skates off after his fight with Toronto's Mike Brown. AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Flyers Acquire Simon Gagne From the Kings

The Flyers have acquired former left winger Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings.

The Flyers sent a conditional fourth round pick to the Kings in exchange for Gagne, bringing the 33-year-old winger back to Philadelphia where he spent the first 10 seasons of his career here. If the Flyers make the playoffs, it becomes a third round pick.

"Simon is a guy who has a lot of experience and played in a lot of positions, penalty kill, power play and regular shifts," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He is a good two way player that can skate. We think he will add to us a lot.”

(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Scott Hartnell Will Play Today vs Winnipeg

Coming as a surprise to everyone, Scott Hartnell will be back in the Flyers lineup this afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets.

Having been out of action since January 22, Hartnell needed less than five weeks to recover from the broken foot he sustained after finding out he could have missed up to eight weeks.

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Matt Read Injured In Flyers Win

The injury bug have struck again for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matt Read became the most recent Flyer to leave a game with an injury, and it couldn't come at a worse time for one of the members of their top line.

Read was hit hard by Penguins forward Chris Kunitz during Wednesday's 6-5 win. He left the game after that hit with about three minutes left in the first period and never returned to the ice.

Hartnell, Meszaros Improving; Nearing Returns

Flyers left winger Scott Hartnell could be back in a Flyers jersey by the following weekend.

As per general manager Paul Holmgren, Scott Hartnell has been cleared to practice with the team. He could return to game action in 7-10 days, which sets a target return date of February 27 against Washington or March 2 versus Ottawa.