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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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February 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Veteran Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, exhausted from the Olympics and the travel, will sit out Thursday's game against visiting San Jose to give him an extra day of rest after his return from Sochi, Russia. Coach Craig Berube said Timonen will return to the lineup Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers. Timonen, who practiced with the Flyers Wednesday for the first time since returning from the Olympics, helped Finland win the bronze medal, which he displayed in the locker room.
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February 28, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE CONSENSUS among Flyers players was that it would take maybe a period of play to get out any of the cobwebs that grew during the 3-week Olympic break. They were right. Sort of. It was the Sharks who needed 20 minutes to shake off the rust, because in the second period San Jose took advantage of numerous Flyers mistakes - some forced, many not - and rolled to a 7-3 win last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The only thing that went right for the Flyers in the second stanza was the horn sounding that ended it. "A couple simple penalties, turnovers that led to odd-man rushes and we were soft in front of our own net," said Scott Hartnell, a minus-3 on the night.
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February 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the possibility that Kimmo Timonen retires after the season and Andrej Meszaros signs a free-agent contract elsewhere this summer, the Flyers' defense could have a lot of changes next year. The good news is that the Flyers have the rights to some talented young defensemen who are with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, or playing for junior, European or college teams. "Everybody has to find their identity or what's going to enable them to make it to the next level," Chris Pryor, the Flyers' ever-traveling director of scouting, said recently.
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February 23, 2014
Jake Voracek and Andrej Meszaros, two of the five Flyers who played in the Olympics, returned to the team's Voorhees practice facility Friday and said they had an amazing experience in Sochi. Both said they hope the NHL sends its players to South Korea for the 2018 Olympics. The NHL has been dropping hints it might not participate. "It doesn't matter if it's your first Olympics or the fifth. I think for the players, they should be allowed to play," said Meszaros, who played for Slovakia.
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February 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have done an admirable job overcoming an awful start and putting themselves in the thick of the playoff race. But with just six points separating the second- and seventh-place teams in the Metropolitan Division, there is little margin for error in the final 23 regular-season games. The third-place Flyers, who had a four-game winning streak when the NHL paused for the Olympic break, resume play Thursday with a difficult test against visiting San Jose. "After the break, you have to show up every 60 minutes because if you lose one game, you can go from in the playoffs to out of the playoffs," winger Matt Read said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees.
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February 21, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - One month after Hobey Baker Award favorite Johnny Gaudreau netted three points against his team, the coach of the 10th-ranked team in college hockey sent the sport buzzing with his words. For Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coach Seth Appert, his press conference wasn't a shot at Gaudreau, the Boston College star from Gloucester Catholic High. It was just his opinion. Appert couldn't help but gush about a Flyers draft pick after being torched by his Union College team twice in one weekend.
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February 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Representing their countries has special meaning for the five Flyers who will compete in the Sochi Olympics, but it has extra significance for two of the participants: wingers Jake Voracek and Michael Raffl. The first time, you see, is usually the best. Voracek, representing the Czech Republic, and Raffl (Austria) are rookies to the Olympic Games. "This is what every kid dreams of, and it's going to be very exciting," Voracek said. "Since I was a kid, I was watching the Olympics on TV, the best players in the world . . . so this is really something.
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February 10, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WHEN THE HORN sounds at the Wells Fargo Center this afternoon, coach Craig Berube will address his 23 players one last time before a mad dash to the airport scrambles them to the far corners of the world. The message will be stern, but simple. "After the break, we really need to make sure we're ready to play at a high level right away," Berube said. "Like, playing the San Jose Sharks. Right away. " For Berube, after that, walking out of that locker room will be like a father dropping off his son for freshman year of college: You just hope and pray that they return safe and sound, with a motivated frame of mind and ready to tackle the world.
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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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