Last week, it was Flyers coach Peter Laviolette getting a vote of confidence from his general manager, Paul Holmgren.
This week, it’s Holmgren himself getting the thumbs up.
Granted, there’s no name attached to the thumbs — but we assume the Inquirer’s “source close to the situation” is qualified to comment.
“Look at his body of work. He’s done a very good job,” the source said of Holmgren. “He’s not going anywhere.”
Holmgren’s body of work includes amassing talented young forwards like Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, and Matt Read.
On the other hand, goaltending and defense remain question marks.
Speaking of the defense, Kimmo Timonen will play his 1,000th game tonight in Tampa Bay, the same day he turns 38 years old.
Timonen leads all Flyers defensemen with 19 points and is second behind Braydon Coburn in average ice time (21:16). In February, he signed a one-year contract extension.
After tonight’s game, Philadelphia doesn’t play again until Sunday in Pittsburgh.