Paul Holmgren steps aside, taking senior advisor role with Flyers

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It’s been a fear for a segment of Flyers fans and maybe even some of the team’s alumni ever since founder Ed Snider passed away in 2016: what becomes of the franchise’s legacy with a corporate backing in Comcast and no notable alumni left to carry the torch?

We’re likely about to find out.

Thursday the team announced that longtime executive Paul Holmgren, who had been the team president for five seasons and previously served as general manager, assistant general manager, director of player development and scouting, head coach, scout and player, would be stepping aside into a new role as senior advisor.

Before Snider lost his battle with cancer, he wanted Holmgren and then-general manager Ron Hextall to lead the charge moving forward. Holmgren was part of firing Hextall on Nov. 26 of last year and Thursday took a lesser role himself.

Chuck Fletcher, whom Holmgren hired to replace Hextall as GM, now carries the extra title of president of hockey operations. Fletcher will…

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