Gotta give it to Ed Snider. The Flyers chairman wants to be patient. He knows that's what it's going to take to see results from GM Ron Hextall's plan.

"He's the boss," Snider said. "We've got a lot of great, young players, and you don't want to rush them along too quickly."

Nothing's really changed, though. Snider still wants to win a third Stanley Cup as soon as possible, preferably tomorrow even though the season doesn't begin until the second week of October.

"No, I'm not more patient than I used to be," he clarified. "Hextall is.''

The team's founder doesn't usually show up until midway through training camp and Saturday he was at the team's practice facility in a bright orange windbreaker with a Flyers emblem on the left side of his chest ready for the first day of rookie camp.

Snider, 81, found out earlier this year that he had cancer, but after radiation and chemotherapy, it's "all gone." He feels full of life and ready to start another campaign hoping to re-create the magic of 39 years ago, the last time the Flyers won a Stanley Cup.