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January 19 NHL.com:
“Philadelphia’s Danny Briere has repeatedly made clear his desire to go to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover later this month in Raleigh, N.C. On Wednesday, he was given that opportunity.
Briere was named as the replacement for Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, who cited health concerns about his grandmother as the reason for dropping out of what would have been his sixth All-Star Game, which ties the Calgary franchise mark also held by Al MacInnis and Theo Fleury.
“It is always an honor to be a part of the NHL All Star Game but unfortunately I have to decline this year,” said Iginla. “I just lost my grandfather in the spring and I have learned that my grandmother is not doing very well. With the way the season goes I don’t get too many opportunities to see her, and as much as I was looking forward to being in North Carolina for the All Star Game, I just know that my mind will be elsewhere.””
January 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
As a result, Holmgren has been awarded a 3-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m particularly proud of the job Paul Holmgren has done with our hockey club and excited to offer him this three-year extension,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. “He continuously finds the right opportunities to improve our team and get us closer to our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
“Paul has done and continues to do a fabulous job in putting together a very competitive team on the ice for us,” said Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko. “We felt based on many of Paul’s recent successes, including last season’s run through the Final and the tenacity of our team this season, that this was the right time to offer him a contract extension. This sends a message to our fans, players and coaches that we are committed to winning and our organization will be stable for years to come.”
“I am extremely grateful to Mr. Snider and to Peter Luukko for this contract extension,” said Holmgren. “I look forward to working closely with them, the coaches and our players in pursuit of our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
Danny Briere was the first prized free agent Holmgren inked following that dismal 2006-07 season.
“When I signed here, this team was in last place,” Briere said. “It’s a fairly quick turnaround. He’s done a tremendous job. Even in the way he’s setting up this team for this year, the job he’s done since I’ve been here has been amazing.”
The Flyers have followed up their Stanley Cup finalist run from last spring by leading the Eastern Conference in points here at about the midway point of the season; and this with almost no contribution from injured projected starting goaltender Michael Leighton. Also, top defenseman Chris Pronger has missed about a third of the season with a foot injury.”
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