PHILADELPHIA -- Bob Clarke returned to the Philadelphia
Flyers as a senior vice president Monday, more than six weeks after
he quit as the team's general manager because of burnout.
"Bob's experience as a player and general manager over the last
37 years is invaluable," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said.
"This is a way to keep Clarkie involved in the organization and
utilize the knowledge that he has gained over the years," he
added. "He is a tremendous resource that we can call upon. We
should take advantage of that and Bob is certainly willing to help
out the organization any way that he can."
Clarke was Philadelphia's general manager from 1984-90 and again
from 1994 until Oct. 22, when he resigned with the Flyers off to a
1-6-1 start. Clarke said he had grown tired of the general
manager's duties and the hours.
"I'm really glad that I'm still associated with Paul and the
team," Clarke said. "It was a tough decision [to resign] but it
was the right decision. But I don't want to be left out of the
team. Whatever Paul sees me as, whether it's scouting or he wants
my opinion, then I'll offer it. I'm not there to do someone else's
job. I'm just there if Paul sees a way I can help."
As general manager, Clarke never matched the success he had as a
Hall of Fame player when he led the Flyers to Stanley Cup
championships in the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.
Clarke finished his career as the Flyers' all-time leading
scorer with 1,210 points (358 goals and 852 assists) in 1,144 games
over 15 seasons.
As a senior vice president, Clarke will focus mostly on
monitoring the Flyers' player-development program.
"The fun of watching the game is still there for me," Clarke