The Philadelphia Flyers
announced today that they have relieved Joe Paterson
of his duties as head coach of their American
Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms,
according to general manager Paul Holmgren. No
successor has been named at this time.
"As an organization, we feel the Phantoms
need a new voice moving forward," Holmgren
said. "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."
Paterson, a former Flyer, was named the head coach
of the Phantoms on December 20, 2010. This past
season, he led the club to a 37-35-2-2 record
as the team finished five points out of a playoff
spot in a tightly-contested Eastern Conference
of the AHL.
In 125 games behind the Phantoms bench over the
2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Paterson posted a
record of 62-51-4-8.