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Published October 21, 2013
HOT SEAT: In Philadelphia, Sam Carchidi noted the Flyers are 1-7 with a total of 11 goals, and asked if Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is "next" to be fired after the team dismissed coach Peter Laviolette three games into the season. Team President & COO Peter Luukko said that the answer is "no." Luukko said that Holmgren's job is "not in jeopardy, that the team just needs time to adjust to new coach Craig Berube's system." Carchidi noted Flyers fans are "angry -- not just because the team isn't winning and isn't entertaining, but because of a lack of a 60-minute commitment" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/20).
SABRES SHEATHED: In Buffalo, John Vogl noted the Sabres for several years "have been hosting 'Road Crew' parties during select out-of-town trips." Former players and team broadcasters "head to a bar or restaurant, and fans can hang out with them for a $10 donation to the Sabres' foundation." The next two were "supposed to be" in San Jose and L.A. early next month, but "one big problem developed: Only a few dozen people planned to show up." The Sabres "looked at the lackluster sales and canceled the events." It is "not clear whether they picked cities that are short on Buffalo fans, or if few people want to party with an organization that’s not fun at the moment" (BUFFALO NEWS, 10/20).