June 27, 2015 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Dan Marr, director of the NHL's Central Scouting service, says that after blue-chip centers Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are drafted Friday night, the talented prospects expected to be selected between Nos. 3 to 10 are evenly ranked. "It's like a jar of jelly beans," he said during the NHL's scouting combine earlier this month. "Throw them up and they'll scatter. You take your pick and you'll be happy. " Which "jelly bean" is the sweetest in the mind of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall?
April 20, 2015 |
Goalie Steve Mason said it would have been a "present" if the Flyers won the draft lottery Saturday night in Toronto and earned the right to select a center viewed as a generational player, Connor McDavid, with the first overall pick. Well, when the Ping-Pong balls were done falling, the gift was given to Edmonton. The Oilers won the lottery and will undoubtedly choose the player scouts call "The Next Crosby" on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. The Flyers did not move up or down in the lottery, and they will pick No. 7 overall.
November 19, 2014 |
Eric Lindros and John LeClair, two-thirds of the Flyers' famed Legion of Doom line, will enter the team's Hall of Fame before Thursday's game against Minnesota at the Wells Fargo Center. "Eric has been such a big part of my career, and to have him standing right there next to me will be quite immense," LeClair, who lives in Haverford, said in a conference call with Lindros and reporters Monday. "Philadelphia is where I played my best hockey," said Lindros, whose long feud with the organization ended a few years ago. "The fans in Philadelphia are extremely passionate.
June 27, 2014 |
Since 2000, the Flyers have made some shrewd draft choices, but most of those great picks are now playing elsewhere, including Justin Williams, Patrick Sharp, Dennis Seidenberg, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and James van Riemsdyk. Some of those ex-Flyers drew highly productive players in trades. Some didn't. New general manager Ron Hextall is preaching that the Flyers must be patient with their young players. That means recent draft picks - and those selected Friday and Saturday, when the draft is held at the Wells Fargo Center - will probably be given more time to blossom with the Orange and Black.
March 3, 2014 |
Play as a team. Concentrate on defense. Show more discipline. For Flyers coach Craig Berube, those are the simple keys to a strong finish that will give his team an advantageous playoff seeding. The first two goals, based on the team's play during the last few months, seem doable. The third one? Well, that's going to take the most work. Exhibit A: Scott Hartnell committed two penalties in the first 4 minutes, 5 seconds of Saturday's hard-fought, 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.
January 29, 2014 |
Dave Schultz, the former Flyers enforcer aptly nicknamed "the Hammer", held out his left hand and displayed the ring on his finger. "It's called Stanley Cups," he said. That was the only explanation Schultz said he could offer as to why he and his former Flyers teammates remain so revered in Philadelphia. It has been 40 years since Schultz earned the 1974 championship ring. The anniversary was honored Monday night at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.
January 23, 2014 |
Forty years ago, the Flyers were the city's most popular team as they won the franchise's first Stanley Cup and were known as the Broad Street Bullies for their physical - opponents called it "dirty" - style of play. Former Flyers center Terry Crisp smiles at the nickname, which was created by Jack Chevalier of the old Evening Bulletin. Fact is, he loves the identity it gave to his team. "I'm still in the game and no matter where I go, people say, 'Oh, you were a Broad Street Bully,' " Crisp, now in his 16th season as a Nashville broadcaster, said last Thursday before the Predators faced the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
January 14, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Bill Barber once won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's best coach. Craig Ramsey and John Stevens both once led the Flyers to the brink of a Stanley Cup finals. Like Craig Berube, none of these men had been a head coach before they took control of the Flyers. And like Berube, their official scoresheet began right about now, in the middle of January, when the hot streaks during the first half of this 82-game grind begin to even out, and teams either develop a personality and prosper - or fade without one. The Flyers got stomped in two games over the weekend, and, boy, did it feel like October all over again.
December 23, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier made a surprise return Saturday night in Columbus, added to the lineup because of an injury to Steve Downie. Lecavalier, sidelined since he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his lower back against Nashville on Nov. 30, had been expected to be out until next Saturday in Edmonton. "A guy like Vinny has been around a long time, and you have to trust his judgment that he's ready to go," general manager Paul Holmgren said before the game.
July 11, 2013
A Winnipeg native, Fred Shero played parts of three seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with the New York Rangers, registering 20 points and 137 penalty minutes in 145 career games. He spent 13 years coaching in the minors before being hired by the Flyers in 1971. Shero coached the Flyers for seven seasons (1971-72 through 1977-78), compiling a 308-151-95 regular-season record and a 48-35 playoff mark. He is the club's all-time leader in seasons coached, games coached (554)