The Philadelphia Flyers have filled the vacant assistant coach position left by Terry Murray (now the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings), by promoting Phantoms’ head coach Craig Berube to the bench spot.
Berube was an assistant coach with the Phantoms for three years and head coach for only one before becoming a Flyers’ assistant. John Paddock will take over as Phantoms head coach. Paddock has 17 years of coaching under his belt between the AHL and NHL, and tallied three Calder Cup championships.
There is an unconfirmed report that defenseman Chris Zarb has signed an entry level contract with the Flyers, voiding his senior year at Ferris State University. Zarb, a fifth round pick in the 2004 draft, will likely play for the Phantoms or Wheeling of the ECHL. The 6-foot-4, 190 pound defenseman is a relative unknown on the Flyers’ depth chart, but flashed some skill during July’s prospect camp that didn’t go unnoticed by the organization. Zarb is a good skater, with long strides and can carry and move the puck well. He has an offensive flare to his game that he hasn’t utilized at the college level. Zarb loves getting in on the offense and pinching deep, but despite his size, doesn’t seek out contact or play with the fierceness needed to really stand out.