April 12, 2011
Flyers Notes Center Blair Betts , who has been bothered by a sore knee, pronounced himself ready to return when the Flyers open the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Thursday against Buffalo at the Wells Fargo Center. That's good news for the Flyers' penalty-killing unit, which has struggled in Betts' absence. Betts missed the last three regular-season games, during which the Flyers killed just 8 of 13 penalties. That kind of success rate would be disastrous in the playoffs.
May 14, 2011
After sending six players under the knife this week to repair various injuries, the Flyers finally received a small bit of good news yesterday. Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter were checked out by doctors and will not require offseason surgery to repair hip injuries. Carter also will not need surgery to fix a knee injury that kept him out of five Stanley Cup playoff games. This week, Chris Pronger (herniated disk in lower back), Mike Richards (wrist), Michael Leighton (torn labrum)
October 15, 2003 |
Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley expressed sadness last night for the car wreck that killed teammate Dan Snyder, saying he was "very sorry over the loss of my close friend. " In his first public comments since he crashed his Ferrari into a wall, Heatley issued a statement before the host Thrashers (2-0-1) tied the New York Islanders, 2-2. Heatley was charged with vehicular homicide after Snyder died last week of injuries suffered in the Sept. 29 crash. Snyder fractured his skull in the wreck and never regained consciousness.
September 30, 2009 |
After eight-plus seasons in Europe, winger Mika Pyorala is making the most of his first NHL taste. The 28-year-old Pyorala, a Finn signed as a free agent in July, capped an impressive preseason with a goal in the Flyers' 5-4 shoot-out loss to Minnesota last night at the Wachovia Center. The Flyers finished 2-3-2 in the preseason. Pyorala scored three preseason goals and appears to have landed a roster spot along with rookie James van Riemsdyk. General manager Paul Holmgren, however, said no decisions would be made until rosters have to be submitted at 3 p.m. today.
May 28, 2010 |
BILL CLEMENT, a gritty center for the Broad Street Bullies' 1974 and '75 Stanley Cup-winning teams, paused for a moment when asked to ponder which current Flyer he resembled when he played. "I think Blair Betts," said Clement, now an analyst on the Flyers' pregame and postgame shows on Comcast SportsNet. "I was a penalty killer and more of a defensive player when I was here. I had a 20-goal season 1 year [21 in '75], and I was good on faceoffs. That was one of my roles. Bobby Clarke and I took the majority of the big faceoffs.
October 31, 2009 |
When defenseman Matt Carle says teammate Blair Betts, the Flyers' fourth-line center and penalty-killing whiz, "adds another defensive dimension," he is not overdosing on hyperbole. With Betts in the lineup, the Flyers are 3-0; without him, they are 2-4-1. So it is with open arms that the Flyers will welcome Betts for today's 1 p.m. game against visiting Carolina. The Blair Betts Project will be back in session. Betts has missed the last seven games with a dislocated right shoulder.
May 12, 2011 |
Chris Pronger's self-described "year from hell" may not be over just yet. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced yesterday that Pronger will undergo surgery today in New York City to relieve a herniated disc in his lower back. The procedure is called a discectomy and will be performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. "The success rate for a surgery like that is usually about 95 percent," Dr. Todd Wetzel, the vice chair of orthopedic surgery and spine expert at Temple University Hospital, told the Daily News . "But that also means that five out of every 100 people will still experience chronic symptoms, like weakness, pain or numbness.
January 12, 2007 |
Daniel Alfredsson gave Ottawa a five-goal lead early in the third period and the visiting Senators then held off New York's furious rally last night to beat the Rangers, 6-4. Ray Emery and the Senators were cruising when Alfredsson's goal at 1:02 of the third sent many Rangers fans home early. They missed a lot. Emery, 6-1-1 in his past eight starts, allowed only 13 goals in that span before the Rangers broke out with four in 7:10. He finished with 38 saves. "It should have been enough, but you have to play the right way," said Emery, who was 16:31 away from his second shutout of the Rangers this season-.
January 9, 2006 |
The New York Rangers obtained forward Petr Sykora and a 2007 fourth-round draft choice from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev yesterday. Sykora, 29, has scored at least 20 goals in each of his last six NHL seasons. He had seven goals and 13 assists in 34 games for Anaheim this season. The move adds yet another Czech native to the Rangers, who already have Olympic forwards Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Martin Rucinsky and rookie Petr Prucha. Sykora will be eligible for unrestricted free agency July 1 after earning $3.1 million this season.
July 23, 2010 |
With center Blair Betts recovering from shoulder surgery performed last month, the Flyers announced a key signing Thursday in forward Darroll Powe. Powe, 25, signed a one-year contract for $725,000, which puts the Flyers about $327,000 under the salary cap. Signed as a free agent in May 2007 after playing four years at Princeton, Powe scored 15 points on nine goals and six assists in 63 games last season, his second with the Flyers. "I am very excited about the opportunity to sign back on with the Flyers," Powe said.