August 22, 2014 |
ROBERT HAGG got his first taste of American-style hockey when he spent 10 games with the Adirondack Phantoms last season. It was enough to tell him he needed to come across the pond full time. "It is a dream come true that I signed with the Flyers," Hagg said. "I am really looking forward to playing my first season over here. It is going to be so fun. I am so excited. " Hagg was the Flyers' second-round pick of the 2013 draft. He played professionally in Sweden until now, but thought it would be conducive to his career to come to America and play in the Flyers' system.
July 17, 2014 |
SCOTT LAUGHTON was stuck on the boards, scrambling and looking for a way out. The 2012 first-round draft pick was being defended in a one-on-one situation by 2013 first-rounder Sam Morin. The 6-7 bruiser had already smashed Radel Fazleev against the glass and checked Nick Cousins to the ice but he couldn't trap Laughton for the boom shot. Laughton twisted his skates and did a half-spin that left Morin sliding on the ice. He whipped a puck to the open man who slapped it for a goal past Merrick Madsen.
April 21, 2014 |
NEW YORK - After an encouraging one-hour workout Friday, Flyers goalie Steve Mason had a setback Saturday and will miss Game 2 of the opening-round playoff series against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Mason, who has been sidelined since suffering an upper-body injury April 12 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, indicated after Friday's workout that his goal was to play in Game 2. But after participating in a full-team practice Saturday afternoon at the Garden, he said he wasn't ready.
March 23, 2014 |
AFTER MAKING a few trips to Sweden to watch him, work with him and track his development, the Flyers couldn't wait to get their hands on second-round pick Robert Hagg. Just a few days after Hagg's season ended with MODO in the Swedish Hockey League, the Flyers announced yesterday that they had come to agreement on a 3-year, entry-level deal to bring the 19-year-old defenseman to North America. Hagg was selected 41st overall in 2013, behind first-round pick Samuel Morin. Hagg will arrive in the United States on Monday and report to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms for the final 15 games of their season.
March 8, 2014 |
The newest Flyers defenseman, Andrew MacDonald, worked well with Luke Schenn in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Washington. "I knew him a little bit before he even got traded here," Schenn said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "We were a little familiar with each other, and it was easy to go over some stuff before the game. " Four years ago, Schenn and some mutual friends on the New York Islanders vacationed in Mexico during the Olympic break. MacDonald was also on that trip. "We hung out a lot," Schenn said, "and I got to know him pretty well, so it was pretty easy to welcome him to the team.
March 5, 2014 |
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren continued to work the phones Monday, looking for ways to improve his surging team before Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. That said, Holmgren is happy with the team he has assembled. The Flyers have gone 31-17-6 since their franchise-worst 1-7 start and are on their best roll of the season. They overcame a 4-2 third-period deficit Sunday in Washington and jolted the Capitals in overtime, 5-4, to register their sixth win in the last seven games.
December 14, 2013 |
Montreal Canadiens forward Danny Briere returned to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday for the first time since the Flyers bought out the final two years of his contract after last season. "It was a little weird walking in this morning, taking the visitors entrance instead of what I had been used to the last six years," Briere said. Briere saluted Flyers fans. "All I can say is thank you for all the good memories. It was a great ride," he said. "This place is special to me and is going to stay my home.
November 29, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - After missing the last seven games, rookie winger Michael Raffl was told he would be back in the Flyers lineup Wednesday night against Tampa Bay. "It's never fun to sit and watch the game, so it's going to be fun tonight," Raffl said after the morning skate at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Coach Craig Berube has wanted to play Raffl more, but he didn't want to break up the team's chemistry. The Flyers were 5-1-1 in the seven games Raffl missed. "We won five or six games in a row, so it's hard to make changes," Raffl said.
October 17, 2013 |
For Tye McGinn, it has been a strange journey this week: from a minor-leaguer to a first-line NHL left winger. Recalled from the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday because of an injury to left winger Scott Hartnell, McGinn was immediately inserted onto the Flyers' top line, alongside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound McGinn responded with a goal in Detroit on Saturday, and he was back on the No. 1 line Tuesday against Vancouver. This time, he scored goals in the first and second periods.
October 5, 2013 |
The Flyers sent center Scott Laughton back to his junior team Thursday and promoted veteran Kris Newbury, a feisty center-winger, from the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms. Laughton, 19, the team's first-round selection in the 2012 draft, could have stayed with the Flyers and would not have had his entry-level contract started until he played in his 10th game. Instead, they decided he needed more seasoning, and he was returned to Oshawa in the Ontario Hockey League. "At the end of the day, you need to justify the amount of minutes you think he's going to get and weigh it against the long-term projection of where you see him down the road - and it just didn't add up for us," general manager Paul Holmgren said.