April 22, 2012 |
In a surprising development, Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann - who missed Friday's 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh with an apparent concussion - skated and took part in drills with Blair Betts, an unofficial assistant coach, in Voorhees on Saturday. Grossmann later participated in the team's optional skate, but the Flyers wouldn't say whether he could play Sunday. Encouraging is the word coach Peter Laviolette used when asked about Grossmann's being on the ice. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder is arguably the Flyers' most physical defenseman and is also one of their best shot-blockers.
February 16, 2012 |
Oh, to be a fly on the wall and to hear what Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said to his team after a dreadful opening period Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "It was not really pretty," Max Talbot said when asked what was said between periods. "We didn't come out like we wanted to. " But after falling into an early 2-0 hole, the Flyers scored seven unanswered goals - including two each by Talbot and Wayne Simmonds - en route to a much-needed 7-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
January 20, 2012 |
Veteran right winger Jaromir Jagr reiterated Thursday he would like to remain with the Flyers next season. "That's good to hear," coach Peter Laviolette said before Thursday's game against the New York Islanders. "He seems like he's been enjoying his time back here. There's a lot of smiling coming from him. His play on the ice, I think, shows that. " General manager Paul Holmgren has talked with Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, about re-signing the future Hall of Famer. "We'll see how it goes," Holmgren said, adding that he would like to retain Jagr.
November 30, 2011 |
AFTER SKATING for nearly 90 minutes yesterday morning, Andreas Nodl walked off the ice and packed his bag. The packing, as the Flyers were gearing up for a transcontinental fight to Southern California for Friday's game at Anaheim, was not out of the ordinary. It was just Nodl's destination - that was unknown until noon - that was strange. Nodl, 24, was plucked off waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes. He quickly packed his equipment, said a few goodbyes, and was in Carolina's lineup last night against Florida.
November 22, 2011 |
WITH WORKERS outside taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to begin laying the first pieces of groundwork for the ice hockey rink in Citizens Bank Park, the transformation of the Phillies clubhouse into the Flyers' dressing room was in full force yesterday. Ilya Bryzgalov's nameplate hung atop Roy Halladay's locker. Matt Carle's hockey stick was gently resting on the frame of Ryan Howard's cubby. And Flyers chairman Ed Snider was standing on a stage just feet from where the Phillies' starting pitcher du jour routinely answers questions about his outing on warm summer nights.
November 20, 2011 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - After some growing pains, the Flyers' penalty-killing units have, for the most part, exceeded expectations and have played a key role in the team's recent success. They can only hope that their poor showing Saturday was an aberration, as they reverted back to their early-season form, allowing three power-play goals in a 6-4 loss to Winnipeg. The October growing pains were expected. You don't lose three of your four penalty-killing forwards - Mike Richards (traded)
October 28, 2011 |
BRAYDEN SCHENN skated off the ice under his own power in Montreal on Wednesday night, hobbling a little bit after blocking a P.K. Subban howitzer with his left foot in the first period. With Schenn, 20, on the ice to finish the remaining two periods, his injury was an afterthought after the game. It's a fairly normal occurrence to watch a hockey player limp out of an arena after a game. Last night, Schenn was hobbling around the press box at the Wells Fargo Center - this time, with a walking boot, thanks to a fracture in his foot.
October 19, 2011 |
OTTAWA - Harry Zolnierczyk, one of the Flyers' unheralded but productive undrafted free agents in training camp, was recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms yesterday, made his NHL debut against the Senators last night and scored a goal in a 7-2 victory. But Zolnierczyk's presence in the Canadian capital raised a few eyebrows - and question marks. Why didn't the Flyers decide to call up hotshot prospect Brayden Schenn, who has posted eight points in four games with the Phantoms?
October 17, 2011 |
Center Brayden Schenn, acquired as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Mike Richards to Los Angeles last summer, is playing like he wants to be promoted to the Flyers. Schenn, 20, has four goals and seven points and is plus-three in four games with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms. "I just want to make a good impression," Schenn said the other day. "You don't want to be down here for long. " The Flyers, however, have a roster logjam and are in no hurry to promote Schenn.
October 11, 2011 |
THE WAIT was agonizing. The news was sobering. With his career hanging in the balance, Blair Betts knew the delay was not good. Betts, 31, claimed on waivers by Montreal last Wednesday, was checked out by team doctors upon his arrival in Toronto for the Canadiens' season opener. He was not permitted to skate. He was only permitted to work out in the gym. He was then sent back to Montreal to wait, while doctors analyzed the results of his physical. His emotions, meanwhile, ranged from excitement - to continue his career in one of hockey's meccas - to disappointment in a matter of hours.