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Proteau's Blog: A new new Flyers GM?

• According to several sources, the Flyers have offered their GM job to NHL executive vice-president Colin Campbell. If he accepts, expect a quiet sigh of relief from Leafs GM John Ferguson. Campbell has been heavily rumored in local media circles to have interest in the Maple Leafs, whose owners were believed to be equally enamored of the former Rangers coach. But with Toronto off to a decent start to the season, those rumblings have subsided significantly.

• Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster takes The Hockey News to task, and with good reason.

“I'll never forget this,” Foster said. “I was reading The Hockey News (Yearbook) this summer and they had the Top 100 players in the NHL. (Rolston) wasn't even mentioned, and he finished (27th) in the league in scoring last year. He was 10th in Selke voting (best defensive forward) and that was it. He was nowhere else to be found.

“Players know how good he is, but I don't think the media does.”

Yeah, it seems we definitely missed the boat on that one. Does the fact I took Rolston in the XM Radio/ fantasy draft make up for it? Probably not.

• The Calgary Flames were among the league's elite teams all of last season, but captain Jarome Iginla's offensive production fell off from the 2003-04 campaign. This year, Iginla is off to a blazing start (six goals and 11 points in 10 games), but the Flames stink. Go figure.

• More NHL attendance numbers you shouldn't worry your pretty little head over: 10,081 in Florida for the Panthers' game against San Jose last night, and 8,739 in Long Island to watch the Isles whip the Blackhawks. Yikes.


This article on the Philadelphia Inquirer website seems to indicate Bobby Clarke's voluntary/burnout-produced "retirement" was forced on him involuntary: The Flyers' management changes do not appear to be over. According to an NHL source, league executive vice president Colin Campbell has been offered the job as Flyers general manager. The source said Campbell was offered the job before it became known that former GM Bob Clarke wanted out. According to the source, Campbell initially declined. It was unclear last night where the offer stands, but there are indications the offer might still be on the table and that Campbell is reconsidering.

- William Long


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