The Philadelphia Flyers made a bold move in their organization, removing Joe Paterson as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement:
“As an organization, we feel the Phantoms need a new voice moving forward. 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.”
Adirondack just missed the AHL playoffs this year falling five points shy, posting a 37-35-2-2 regular season record. The Philadelphia Flyers organization have not done them any favors over the past few years, often trading away draft picks so the Flyers could contend for a Stanley Cup championship. Injuries to the Flyers often pried players away from Adirondack, but the team was capable of at least getting the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference of the AHL. Paterson recently led the Phantoms to their best season since moving to Glens Falls in New York, but the team failed to make the playoffs in their new location. The Phantoms’ will be moving to Allentown, quite possibly in time for the 2013-2014 season.
Paterson played for the Flyers’ organizations as a player, a big reason he joined the Phantoms coaching staff. In 125 games as head coach in Adirondack, Paterson compiled a 62-55-8 record. The Philadelphia Flyers announced that no successor has been named at this time. Riley Cote is the current assistant coach of Adirondack and a former Philadelphia Flyers enforcer, but most likely is not a candidate Philadelphia would want moving forward.
The Phantoms’ should be better in the coming years, with more prospects set to join the roster such as goalie Cal Heeter and forward Nick Cousins. The Phantoms last made the playoffs in 2009 when they were located in Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate last won a playoff series in 2008 and has missed the playoffs five times in the last seven years since winning the Calder Cup in 2005 in Philadelphia.