November 13, 2011 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Even though the Florida Panthers have been a sad-sack team in recent years, they have been a difficult opponent for the Flyers to beat on the road. This season, the Panthers are even a bigger obstacle. Florida has been one of the NHL's biggest surprises in the season's first five weeks, putting together an 8-4-3 record, which includes points in its last six games. The Flyers, who have points in their last five games, will face the upstart Panthers at 5 p.m. Sunday.
October 6, 2011 |
BOSTON - In each of the last three seasons, the Flyers have lost in the playoffs to the team that eventually won the Stanley Cup. When they open the season Thursday night at TD Garden, they will face the latest of their playoff conquerors, the Boston Bruins, who will raise the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters in a pregame ceremony. "It's always kind of a shot in the groin when you're in the building for something like that," defenseman Matt Carle said. "We want to ruin their night, obviously," winger James van Riemsdyk said.
November 14, 2011
Flyers Notes SUNRISE, Fla. - Ever since the debacle against Winnipeg last month, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has played like the Flyers expected when they signed him to a nine-year, $51 million contract in the offseason. Bryzgalov (31 saves) was outstanding Sunday as the Flyers defeated Florida, 3-2. After a relief role in the 9-8 loss to Winnipeg on Oct. 27, Bryzgalov said he was "lost in the woods" and had "zero confidence. " "I never run from responsibility," Bryzgalov said after Sunday's win, referring to the blame he put on himself last month.
November 20, 2011
Flyers Notes WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Flyers will retire Mark Howe 's No. 2 jersey prior to their March 6 home game against the Detroit Red Wings, a club source said on Saturday. Howe, 56, was inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, triggering the Flyers' decision to retire his number. He played 10 seasons with the Flyers (1982-83 to 1991-92) and retired after spending the 1994-95 season with Detroit. "The past eight days has been an incredible ride for me," Howe said in an e-mail.
June 25, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The Flyers have made at least one trade at every NHL draft since 2000. Here's a list of notable draft-day trades in franchise history: June 26, 2009: To Anaheim: Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, first round 2009 (John Moore), first round 2010 To Flyers: Chris Pronger, Ryan Dingle June 20, 2008: To Columbus: Rights to R.J. Umberger, fourth round 2008 To Flyers: Colorado's first round 2008 (Luca Sbisa), third round 2008 (Marc-Andre Bourdon) July 30, 2005: To Phoenix: Anaheim's second round 2005 To Flyers: Columbus' fourth round 2005 (Jeremy Duchesne)
November 10, 2011 |
TAMPA - Defenseman Braydon Coburn and the Flyers agreed to a four-year contract extension Wednesday that will pay him $18 million, a $4.5 million yearly salary-cap hit. Coburn, 26, could have been an unrestricted free agent after this season. He has a $3.2 million cap hit this year. With the deal, the Flyers have more money committed to next season's cap - nearly $58.9 million for 20 signed players - than any other NHL team, according to capgeek.com. This year's cap limit is $64.3 million - it could change next season.
June 26, 2006 |
Usually, the Flyers go into the NHL draft with a set number of picks and come home with fewer, stockpiling for future drafts. This time, the Flyers went to Vancouver, British Columbia, with nine picks and returned with 10 prospects, fulfilling their goal of beefing up the farm system at defense and forward. "We will know more in a few years, but we're very excited about this class," said assistant general manager Paul Holmgren, who oversees the draft. "We filled some of our needs.
October 12, 2011
Flyers Notes Vancouver, a Stanley Cup finalist last season, will bring one of the league's best power plays to the Wells Fargo Center in the Flyers' home opener on Wednesday night. Sparked by twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin , the Canucks led the NHL by clicking on 24.3 percent of their power plays last season. "They do different things," said Max Talbot , one of the Flyers' top penalty killers. "They obviously move the puck a lot and control the puck, but they have some little plays close to the net. . . . The two Sedins don't have to look for each other; they know where they are, and that's obviously tough to defend.
October 7, 2011
Flyers Notes BOSTON - For the first time since 1993, the Flyers had three rookies in their season-opening rotation Thursday: forwards Sean Couturier , Matt Read , and Zac Rinaldo . The rookies had strong camps and faced the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins on Thursday in Boston. After the morning skate, Couturier said he was "a little bit nervous, but excited to get going. It's a special game, but I try to approach it like it's another game and do what I do best - be a solid two-way forward and work hard and compete in battles.
January 11, 2012 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - When the NHL names the remaining 36 all-stars on Thursday, Flyers center Claude Giroux will undoubtedly be selected to the team. But coach Peter Laviolette made a passionate case Tuesday for another member of Giroux's high-scoring line. "I'm not lobbying, but it would be criminal for Scott Hartnell not to be on there," Laviolette said after the Flyers' morning skate. "In my opinion, he's the top power forward in the league right now. Based on numbers, based on this season, based on plus-minus, hits, physical play, goals and assists," you'd be hard-pressed "to come up with somebody who has had a better year than Scott.