By Tom Dougherty | @FFTomDougherty
The Flyers director of player development Don Luce was spotted at the Air Canada Center in Toronto for Tuesday night’s game between the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres, according to Philadelphia Daily News Frank Seravalli.
It was the third time in as many weeks Luce was seen in Toronto, taking in a Leafs game. It could be a coincidence or it could be a scouting assignment from the Flyers, but given the two team’s history, it’s fair for Seravalli to speculate that it was an assignment.
As Seravalli points out, the Flyers and Leafs have a history with each other. Last year, the Flyers traded away their first and third round draft picks to acquire forward Kris Versteeg from Toronto.
Also, Philadelphia’s general manager Paul Holmgren and Toronto’s GM Brian Burke have a working relationship that goes all the way back to Burke’s first GM job in Hartford. Holmgren was hired as Burke’s first head coach for the 1992-93 season.
Holmgren and Burke were both on the U.S. Olympic hockey management team for the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver.
With any working relationship like the friendship Holmgren and Burke share, it’s common for the two to work together and help each other out when they is an opportunity to do so.
That was the case last year and it could be the case again this year.
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