March 27, 2015 |
PICKING THE Flyers' 2015 winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy for best defenseman is like shooting darts: just hit the board. It's impossible to be wrong. The award will be handed out 2 weeks from tomorrow for the 39th time, yet following extended runs by Kimmo Timonen (five) and Eric Desjardins (seven), it has rarely been tougher to decide on a clear winner. The last time the Flyers were this putrid, in 2006-07, it was also a tossup. Derian Hatcher won out over Joni Pitkanen in a season in which the Flyers dressed a total of 17 defensemen for games.
April 16, 2006 |
Flyers president Ron Ryan said yesterday that the team had fully cooperated with the NHL's internal investigation into allegations that Rick Tocchet, a former Flyer and Phoenix assistant coach, operated a gambling syndicate. Investigators from the league office reportedly have interviewed nearly 50 people throughout the NHL, including a half-dozen Flyer players and staffers last week, to try to determine what people might have known about the alleged operation. The NHL will finish their interviews with the Flyers in the weeks ahead, Ryan said.
April 4, 2001 |
First-year goalie Roman Cechmanek last night received the Bobby Clarke Trophy as this year's most valuable Flyer, as selected by a panel of Philadelphia sportswriters and sportscasters. That award, and others, were presented before the game against the Florida Panthers at the First Union Center. Cechmanek went into the game with 33 victories, and was second among NHL leaders in goals-against average (2.00), save percentage (.923), and shutouts (10). His 10 shutouts are the most since Bernie Parent's 12 in 1974-75, when the Flyers won their second Stanley Cup. Dan McGillis broke Eric Desjardins' six-year run by winning the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers' outstanding defenseman.
April 6, 1987 |
Naturally, the Flyers want the Rangers to consider all possibilities. This is the time of year when the training-room door slams tight. As long as a limb is still attached to a body, an injured player will remain on a day-to-day basis. So, the word is not official. But do not count out Ilkka Sinisalo and Peter Zezel from making meaningful contributions in the first round of the playoffs, which begin Wednesday night at the Spectrum. Sinisalo, whose cracked foot was too painful to skate on Friday, will try again this morning.
April 4, 1988 |
Tim Kerr caught an accidental stick near the left eye late in the second period last night and had to leave the Flyers' 2-2 tie with Washington. Doctors at Wills Eye Hospital did not feel it was necessary to hold Kerr overnight, and the Flyers expressed confidence that he would be able to play in the playoff opener Wednesday night at Landover, Md. "I can't see out of it right now," Kerr said upon his return from the hospital after the game. "But I think that's from the drops they gave me. They want to check me again today.
April 7, 2000 |
There were few surprises last night as the Flyers handed out their annual awards. There were, however, plenty of boos and a few homemade signs. The Bobby Clarke Trophy, given by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters to the team's most valuable player, went to Mark Recchi. The forward leads the NHL with 60 assists and leads the Flyers with 86 points. Recchi also leads the league in power-play assists (32) and power-play points (39). When the announcement was made before the game against the Atlanta Thrashers, fans at the First Union Center booed the mention of general manager Clarke's name.
April 2, 1990 |
The Flyers were out of playoff contention before last night's season finale against the Detroit Red Wings at the Spectrum, but they still had a chance to achieve something. Unfortunately for the Flyers, they would have had to lose the game to do it. The Flyers entered the game with 70 points, and the Red Wings came in with 69. Had the Flyers lost, they would have jumped ahead of Detroit in the selection order for June's amateur draft. But the teams tied, 3-3, so the Flyers will pick fourth in the draft, and the Red Wings third.
April 26, 2013 |
Speedy right winger Jake Voracek, who has blossomed into one of the NHL's top scorers, was named the Flyers' most valuable player before Thursday's home finale against the New York Islanders. "Obviously, I would switch it for the playoffs," he said. In a vote of media members, Voracek won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as MVP, and Kimmo Timonen captured the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team's best defenseman. Acquired along with a draft pick - it turned out to be Sean Couturier - in a 2011 deal that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus, Voracek entered Thursday with a career-high 21 goals in 46 games.
March 7, 2014 |
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.
April 8, 2007 |
Memo to the dwindling group of Flyers followers who have been looking forward to the merciful end to what yesterday officially became the most dreadful season in the club's 40-year history: So have the Flyers. In a dispirited and undisciplined effort, the Flyers lost to the New York Islanders, 4-2, at the half-empty Wachovia Center. The Isles needed the win to keep alive their faint hopes of squeezing into the NHL playoffs. The Flyers just need to get through one more game - today at home against Buffalo - to put this mess of a season behind them.