February 2, 2014 |
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Jeff Carter and Mike Richards say they have both moved way beyond the Day That Shook the Flyers Franchise to the Core. The star forwards and best friends were the faces of the Flyers - Carter as a 30-to-40 goal scorer, Richards as the captain who played both ends of the ice with equal tenacity - when they were dealt in separate trades on June 23, 2011. They eventually became teammates in Los Angeles, won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012, and Saturday afternoon will face the visiting Flyers together for the first time since the monumental deals.
August 15, 2012 |
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.
August 10, 2012 |
ONE DAY after losing defenseman Andrej Meszaros to a possible season-ending injury, the Flyers locked up one candidate to replace him in the lineup. The Flyers announced Wednesday that they have signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multiyear contract extension, in addition to signing first-round pick Scott Laughton to a 3-year entry-level deal. Bourdon, 22, appeared in 45 games for the Flyers last season. He was a restricted free agent this summer, after earning a prorated share of his $875,000 contract last season.
March 30, 2013 |
Despite playing with a depleted defense, the Flyers jolted the Boston Bruins, 3-1, and ended their four-game losing streak Saturday afternoon. With a sellout crowd watching at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers moved to within four points of the Eastern Conference's eighth playoff spot, pending the results of Saturday's other games. Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves to hand Boston (21-8-4) just its eighth regulation loss in 33 games this season. Bryzgalov has started 32 of the Flyers' 34 games.
March 31, 2013
The Flyers' already struggling blue line took a major hit Friday, as the club announced lengthy injuries to both Andrej Meszaros and Braydon Coburn. Meszaros, 27, will undergo surgery on April 2 to repair a torn left rotator cuff. The Flyers said Meszaros will be out indefinitely, but for all intents and purposes, his season is over. The Flyers' last game is on April 27. Meszaros already missed 19 games this season with a left shoulder injury. He had surgery in 2009 on the same shoulder to repair a torn labrum.
September 7, 2011 |
FLYERS general manager Paul Holmgren says he is "sore" but is otherwise in good spirits following a scary bicycle accident on Labor Day in Avalon, N.J., that still has him hospitalized in Camden's Cooper University Hospital. Sources indicated yesterday that doctors originally were concerned about possible internal bleeding when a spot showed up on images of Holmgren's chest after his spill. Holmgren, 55, lost his balance on his bike and fell when traveling at a high rate of speed, according to an accident report released by the Avalon Police Department.
January 27, 2013 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers center Danny Briere, who missed the first four games because of a hairline fracture of his left wrist, made his first appearance of the year Saturday night. Before the game, Briere said he had no problems shooting the puck, but faceoffs still gave him difficulties. He began the night at left wing. Earlier in the day, general manager Paul Holmgren said Briere was "probably a no-go" for Saturday, but Briere apparently talked his way into the lineup. Briere played on a line with center Sean Couturier and right winger Jake Voracek.
March 6, 2012 |
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday there was no change in the "out indefinitely" status of defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Kimmo Timonen. Meszaros, however, was spotted at the team's practice facility in Voorhees. Claude Giroux missed practice with what Holmgren called a "maintenance day," though that is supposedly the same reason Timonen and Meszaros missed practice Saturday. Giroux was slashed on the wrist Sunday by Washington's Jason Chimera. James van Riemsdyk will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left foot, suffered in Thursday's win over the New York Islanders.
April 20, 2013 |
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)