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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.
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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)
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October 15, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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September 30, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 28, 2010 | by Mike Mazzeo
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.
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October 31, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 12, 2011 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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January 12, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
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-.
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January 9, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 23, 2010 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 22, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 16, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 20, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 30, 2011 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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November 22, 2011 | FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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November 20, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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October 28, 2011 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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October 19, 2011 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
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?
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October 17, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 11, 2011 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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