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April 30, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TWO KEY FLYERS defensemen face an offseason of doubt, as both Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros try to bounce back from serious injuries. Meszaros is perhaps the biggest question mark moving forward, as he has played just 73 games over the last 18 months. Meszaros was at the Skate Zone on Sunday to conduct his exit interview and he was seen wearing a shoulder immobilizing device. He is 3 weeks removed from a surgery that both repaired and strengthened his left shoulder - something he injured on two separate occasions in this 48-game season.
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April 10, 2011
Flyers Notes A year ago, center Claude Giroux had a so-so regular season with the Flyers, and defenseman Andrej Meszaros managed just 17 points and was minus-14 with Tampa Bay. It would have been difficult to foresee what transpired this season. Before Saturday night's season finale against the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center, both were honored as the Flyers' top players. Giroux won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team's MVP, and Meszaros won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as its best defenseman in a vote by sportswriters and broadcasters.
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January 21, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrej Meszaros, whose health is one of the keys to the Flyers defense this season, passed his first test in Saturday's season-opening, 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Actually, I felt better than I thought I would feel, so that's a good sign," Meszaros said. "Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how I felt because we lost. " Meszaros had offseason Achilles ligament surgery, and the Flyers weren't sure until Saturday whether he would play in the opener. Used on the third pairing with newcomer Kurtis Foster, Meszaros logged 19 minutes, 54 seconds - Kimmo Timonen (23:52)
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May 5, 2011 | by Frank Seravalli
1. DAVID KREJCI, Bruins: He has absolutely killed the Flyers this series, collecting 4 goals and 4 assists in the first 3 games. He has scored the game-winner in each of the last two games. 2. ZDENO CHARA, Bruins: His' top-shelf snipe only 30 seconds into the contest got the ball rolling for Boston. 3. TIM THOMAS, Bruins: Andrej Meszaros' goal was the first allowed by Thomas in 68 straight shots, and he kept the opposition at bay when one goal may have tipped last night's game the Flyers' way.
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December 25, 2011
The Flyers, enjoying a brief break, loaned forwards Tom Sestito and Ben Holmstrom back to the Phantoms because centers Sean Couturier (head injury) and Brayden Schenn (concussion) appear close to returning. The Flyers will resume practicing Monday in Voorhees at noon. Practices are free and open to the public. They play on Tuesday in Tampa against the Lightning. The Flyers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games, with both losses against the Rangers. Speaking of the Rangers, New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist had his home scoreless streak against the Flyers snapped at 193 minutes, 55 seconds - more than three games - when Andrej Meszaros scored in Friday's third period.
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August 10, 2012 | By the Inquirer Staff
The Flyers signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multiyear contract extension and reached an agreement with center Scott Laughton, a 2012 first-round pick, on an entry-level deal, the team announced on Wednesday. Details of Bourdon's contract were not released, but the deal reportedly is for two years and $1.225 million. Bourdon, a third-round draft pick in 2008, made his debut last season and scored four goals with three assists. The 22-year-old played in 45 games for the Flyers.
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February 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite being in and out of the lineup all season, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has done a creditable job. Saturday was more of the same. Meszaros played solidly as the Flyers outlasted visiting Calgary, 2-1. He had an assist, blocked three shots, and was plus-2 in 21 minutes, 24 seconds before heading home and packing for Sochi, Russia, where he will compete for Slovakia in the Olympics. "I think he's improved throughout the year," said coach Craig Berube, who had been critical of Meszaros' defensive play a few weeks ago. ". . . He's been a good pro about being in and out of the lineup, and so has [Erik]
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January 30, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After he was a healthy scratch in the previous game, winger Steve Downie returned to the lineup Tuesday against Detroit and was placed on the third line for the first time since Jan. 11. Downie was reunited with Sean Couturier and Matt Read, a highly effective trio for most of December. "I'm looking for him to be an intense hockey player," coach Craig Berube said after Tuesday's morning skate. "The Steve Downie I know wins one-on-one battles in the corner, comes up with loose pucks, is strong on the puck, and has a heavy stick.
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April 20, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Something positive in the wake of the Flyers' rash of injuries to their defensive corps: Luke Schenn has emerged as arguably the team's top blue-liner in the last month, and Erik Gustafsson has blossomed into a steady, dependable player. Schenn, 23, has been a workhorse lately, playing 56 minutes, 30 seconds over his two previous games before Thursday's matchup against New Jersey. For the season, Schenn is averaging 21:36 a game, second among the Flyers left standing, behind only Kimmo Timonen (21:38)
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August 15, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, not quite defenseless but seemingly moving toward that distinction, will be without yet another blue-liner when the NHL season is scheduled to begin in October. General manager Paul Holmgren confirmed Monday that the team's already shallow pool of defensemen will be minus Andreas Lilja, who underwent surgery in his native Sweden late last month to correct a degenerative condition in his left hip. Lilja, 37, won't return until late October or early November at the earliest, according to Holmgren.
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July 3, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
UNDER NORMAL circumstances, Ron Hextall would likely have a pit in his stomach if he saw division rival Washington had acquired two top-four defensemen from the Penguins. Tuesday, Hextall likely had to keep from laughing when he saw the terms of their deals. Matt Niskanen, who had one tremendous season in Pittsburgh, signed a 7-year deal for $40.25 million. Brooks Orpik, already 33, cashed in for $27.5 million over 5 seasons. "There's 2 days of the year where hockey people get crazy: July 1 and the trade deadline," Hextall said.
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April 3, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Unlacing his skates in a cubby in the visitors' locker room at Scottrade Center barely large enough to house his mammoth, 6-7 frame, Hal Gill was knocking on wood. After watching the Flyers' defensemen drop like flies last season - leaving Luke Schenn as the only healthy player to start and finish the abysmal, lockout-shortened year - Gill figured his chances to continue his 1,106-game career were as good in Philadelphia as anywhere else. "Knock on wood, we've been healthy," Gill said, just missing a crossword puzzle in his stall as he tapped the lumber.
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March 31, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers will try to avenge one of their ugliest losses of the season Sunday afternoon when they host arguably the NHL's best team, the Boston Bruins. Boston is on a 14-0-1 run and hasn't lost a road game in regulation since Jan. 9, a 4-2 defeat in Los Angeles. The Bruins scored three power-play goals, chased starter Flyers goalie Steve Mason, and rolled to a 6-1 win when the teams met at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 25. "Obviously our last game against them wasn't as planned," captain Claude Giroux said.
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March 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - Say what you will about Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, but the man truly believes in the team he has assembled. Need proof? Consider this: With his job possibly hanging in the balance - if the Flyers miss the playoffs for a second straight year, one wonders if the big boss, Ed Snider, will remain patient - Holmgren only tweaked his roster at the trade deadline. In separate deals, he acquired Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders and dealt Andrej Meszaros to Boston.
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March 7, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ANDREW MACDONALD knew it was coming. After rejecting a 4-year, $16 million contract offer earlier this season, it was only a matter of time before Islanders general manager Garth Snow would find MacDonald a new home. MacDonald just didn't know it would happen Tuesday, a day before the NHL's trade deadline. Or that the call would come while he was enjoying his pregame nap in Winnipeg. Snow woke him up. MacDonald rushed to pack a bag and sprinted to Winnipeg's airport to catch a connecting flight to Philadelphia - where he played his first game as a Flyer in last night's 6-4 victory against the Washington Capitals.
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March 7, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Called a "good soldier" by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, defenseman Andrej Meszaros will now go to war for the Boston Bruins. The Flyers traded Meszaros to Boston on Wednesday for a conditional third-round draft pick in June. He will be reunited with his friend Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' defensive leader and his teammate on Slovakia's Olympic team. The draft pick the Flyers acquired becomes a second-rounder if Boston reaches the conference finals and Meszaros plays in at least two-thirds of the Bruins' playoff games - or if Boston re-signs Meszaros to a contract before the start of the draft.
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March 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers bolstered their defense for the stretch run Tuesday, acquiring defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders for two draft picks and minor-league forward Matt Mangene. MacDonald, 27, a mobile and gritty defenseman, leads the NHL with 198 blocked shots and is eighth in the NHL in average ice time per game, 25 minutes, 25 seconds. The Flyers sent the Islanders a third-round pick in this year's draft and a second-round selection in 2015. MacDonald had four goals, 20 assists, and a minus-19 rating this season with the lowly Islanders.
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March 4, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Out of breath, Claude Giroux sat on the Flyers' bench with his long, ginger hair hanging over his face and covering his eyes. With 65 seconds to play, it was his first chance to exhale all day yesterday afternoon. He flicked his head back and buttoned his chin strap, taking one glance at the Verizon Center scoreboard with satisfaction. The Flyers' relentless puck pursuit paid off. Giroux, at the center of it all, would not be denied in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
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March 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, playing their first game in 19 days because of the Olympic break, hit the reset button Thursday night and found it was jammed. Jammed by perhaps their worst 20 minutes of the season, a 5-0 second-period collapse in which San Jose chased goalie Steve Mason en route to a 7-3 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. Jammed by Joe Pavelski's second career hat trick. Jammed by two returnees to the Sharks' gifted lineup, Logan Couture and Raffi Torres, each of whom scored two goals.
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March 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
General manager Paul Holmgren has a quandary: Does he trade defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who has played well despite being in and out of the lineup but is a potential unrestricted free agent in July, or does he keep him because of the valuable depth he gives the Flyers for the stretch run? The clock is ticking. The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. Thursday's matchup against San Jose was Meszaros' 36th game of the season, and he had 17 points and was plus-4 after scoring his fifth goal in the first period.
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