Greg Gilbert out as Phantoms head coach; John Paddock takes over on interim basis

Phantoms coach Greg Gilbert, pictured here back in 2002 when he was the head coach of the Calgary Flames.

UPDATE 8:20 PM - The Flyers have officially announced that Greg Gilbert has been relieved as head coach of the Phantoms. Assistant general manager John Paddock, who previously coached the Phantoms when they were in Philadelphia during the 2008-09 season, will take over on an interim basis. Paddock will continue in his role as AGM, which likely won't be an issue since his main responsibilities have involved oversight of the Phantoms.

The Adirondack Phantoms are just an absolutely terrible hockey team. They've lost nine straight games, they can't score goals, and there's really no hopes of things improving any time soon. Something has to change.

It appears as though one big change is coming tonight. According to Tim McManus, who covers the Phantoms for the Glens Falls Post-Star, it looks like head coach Greg Gilbert is about to lose his job. The Flyers, the Phantoms and general manager Paul Holmgren will hold an 8:45 p.m. conference call to likely announce this news.

Put all the clues together: according to Frank Seravalli, Flyers chairman Ed Snider's jet landed in Albany late this afternoon. That, coupled with the fact that it's a Monday night and the Flyers are holding a Phantoms-related conference call close to 9 o'clock at night make it pretty obvious that Gilbert is gone. What else would this be?

It makes sense. Hell, it makes more than sense. It's been a long time coming. There were rumors last year that the team wasn't exactly taking to Gilbert's style, and the chaos in Glens Falls that's circulated the team -- from the atrocious on-ice play to star players being thrown off the team without real explanation -- is something that has to fall directly on the coaching staff.

The Phantoms don't have a ton of talent. Holmgren himself has admitted that the blame for that falls on him. At the same time, their roster isn't worst-team-in-the-AHL bad.

No word on who will be replacing Gilbert. We'll obviously have more on this when the news becomes official.

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