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March 26, 2004 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER SPORTS WRITER
It's been a while since the Flyers have had someone on their defense with a nasty streak, a guy who challenges a winger coming across the blue line. Someone like Danny Markov, the Flyers' Russian Assassin. "Danny gives us an element we have not had here; it's a little bit of an element we had when Dan McGillis was here," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Danny is able to attack the rush with the right read probably more than any defenseman we've had. " Markov's checks can be punishing.
NEWS
October 30, 1998 | by Hector Soto
Iam sure the majority of the people of Philadelphia welcome and applaud the police reforms that Commissioner John Timoney has proposed. Putting more police officers on the street, streamlining management, decentralizing decision-making authority and enhancing accountability at all levels are tried-and-true methods that should lead to improved police service for all of Philadelphia's communities. I am not so sure, however, that the people of Philadelphia, or even the commissioner himself, are happy with the characterization of his reform package as the drawing of a new "blue line.
NEWS
July 1, 1988 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Whoops! In one attempt to pressure the Republican-controlled Senate to pass supplemental budget bills, Gov. Casey cut funding for the office of the Senate president. There's only one problem - the Senate president is Lt. Gov. Mark S. Singel, a fellow Democrat. "It was a big boo-boo," the governor acknowledged. "It was a mistake. Someone in the governor's office with an overzealous blue pen," said Singel, Casey's 1986 running mate. He was referring to Casey's decision on Wednesday to "blue line" - delete or reduce line items - throughout the Republican-written budget for fiscal 1989.
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November 24, 2001 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Among the positives to emerge from the first quarter of the Flyers' season is the ease with which Bruno St. Jacques seems to have adapted on the blue line. The 21-year-old rookie defenseman from Montreal played in his fifth game last night as Chris Therien's fill-in when the Flyers took on the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Therien is still bothered by headaches and a sore shoulder following a recent concussion. St. Jacques is playing alongside Therien's regular partner, Eric Desjardins.
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March 12, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - It is no coincidence that the Flyers' improved defensive play started at around the time they acquired Nick Grossmann from Dallas on Feb. 16. It took the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Grossmann a couple of games to get acclimated to a new system, but he has provided a much-needed physical presence and kept the front of the net clear for Flyers goalies. Grossman was plus-5 in 10 games with the Flyers, entering Sunday. In his last eight games, the Flyers had allowed a total of just 12 goals.
SPORTS
April 1, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The word used by most NHL scouts to describe the Flyers' defensemen is suspect. Two players among the weak defensive corps have been the most suspect: Luke Richardson and Karl Dykhuis. Lately, Richardson and Dykhuis seem to be imploding. In the last 10 games, they have been on the ice for 11 goals and are a combined minus-11. When it comes to poor play, they have not been alone. Before he was injured, Eric Desjardins and his partner, Chris Therien, were a combined minus-19 over a 16-game span in which the Flyers won just once.
SPORTS
December 20, 1992 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last month at this time, the Caps were three games under .500 and one point in front of the last-place New York Islanders in the Patrick Division standings. But Washington Capitals owner Abe Pollin remained calm, and his team has worked its way to three games over .500 and all the way to within one point of second place. In fact, the Caps have been one of hockey's hottest teams the last few weeks. They won seven straight games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 and averaged five goals a game during that streak.
SPORTS
November 11, 1997 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He came to the Flyers with a reputation almost as big as his five-year, $12.6 million contract. Tough hitter on defense. Crease clearer. Guardian of the blue line. Except it took Luke Richardson more than a dozen games to do all that with the Flyers. Only recently has he felt comfortable in what is generally regarded as one of the NHL's best defenses. "The last couple of games I've clamped down and become more physical," said Richardson, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound blue-liner. "I got myself into a rut where I was chasing people around instead of just stepping up and forcing the play and getting hits where they were.
NEWS
July 23, 1990 | By John Woestendiek, Inquirer Staff Writer
They phone, they floss, they flirt, they fax. After hitting the freeways every weekday in mind-boggling numbers - and grinding, usually, to mind- numbing halts - drivers have learned to make the best of their idle hours. That still doesn't mean they like it. Now, for many, comes an option. For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles has a mass transit rail line, and transportation officials hope that, for the sake of a city choked by traffic and smog, car-crazy commuters will give it a ride.
SPORTS
June 12, 1995 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He skated up the right side with such determination, such an obvious sense of purpose, such an expanse of open ice in front of him, that it's hard to believe Claude Lemieux had no idea what he was going to do with the puck once he was forced to make a decision. Should he rip a long slapshot? Should he keep driving to the net? Should he pull up and try to make a play to a trailing teammate? Decisions. Decisions. "I guess Pepe figured, 'What the hell,' and he just shot, and it was awesome," said New Jersey winger Mike Peluso, giving his version of Claude "Pepe" Lemieux's intricate thought process.
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November 13, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
THROUGH THE pauses and confusion that come hand-in-hand with the language barrier, one thing was sure after Thursday's morning skate: Evgeny Medvedev is excited to be back. And the Flyers should be welcoming the Russian defenseman, whose English is still improving, with wide-open arms. Puck-possession metrics show exactly how crucial Medvedev is to the team that entered Thursday tied with Anaheim for dead last in goals scored. The Flyers are better at getting the puck out of their own zone with possession when he is playing.
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September 4, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
EVEN AFTER the Flyers lost Braydon Coburn in last year's season opener to a lower-body injury that kept him out a month, general manager Ron Hextall was content - happy, actually - that defensive prospect Sam Morin hadn't made the big club out of training camp. Then 19, the 6-7 Morin was sent back to juniors to play in Quebec. "In the end, there is no doubt in my mind we made the best choice, and it's tempting," Hextall said. "You've got a big guy, and he's kind of the type of player that we need - big guy, he skates well, he's got a good defensive stick, so a lot of good things there.
SPORTS
May 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DURING THE winter of discontent, the Flyers' blue line was so crowded that top defenseman Michael Del Zotto was forced to sit behind seven others for all but three games in the month of December. The Flyers have only since added to the logjam, even after jettisoning Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen, with an unavoidable reckoning on the horizon. Yesterday, the Flyers signed Russian defenseman Evgeni Medvedev to a 1-year deal, leaving them with eight defensemen under contract. That number does not include Del Zotto, a restricted free agent Ron Hextall said he intends to re-sign.
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March 26, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CALGARY - Former Flames general manager Craig Button created quite a stir 3 weeks ago with his bold declaration: "Travis Sanheim is a slam-dunk pick," Button said on air at TSN in Canada. "I think he's the best 1996 [born] defenseman in the world. " It was particularly tall praise for the Flyers' prospect, considering Florida's No. 1 overall pick, Aaron Ekblad - who has 35 points, plays 22 minutes a night and is the NHL rookie of the year favorite - was also born that year.
NEWS
March 25, 2015
THE long-awaited, 174- page report on the Philadelphia Police Department from the Department of Justice released yesterday - which concludes that the department has great deficiencies when it comes to policies and training, especially around the use of deadly force - is thorough, prescriptive . . . and somewhat depressing. We don't necessarily find the department's problems detailed within the report depressing, nor even the fact that during a period when Philadelphia violent crime has decreased, police-involved shootings have increased.
SPORTS
March 18, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brett Christie might have taken three strides before he was surrounded by 11 teammates at center ice during the Flyers Cup Class A division final Monday night. The dozen players from West Chester Rustin's hockey team converged, arms up, between the two penalty boxes and against the boards, yelling and screaming in celebration. The scene looked and felt like a championship celebration, and for all intents and purposes it might have been. They rejoiced because Christie's slapshot from just inside blue line sneaked past the West Chester Henderson goalie's five-hole, as well as the first-period buzzer, and gave Rustin a 3-0 lead.
SPORTS
October 30, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BRAYDEN SCHENN swiped the puck off Jake Muzzin's stick just inside the Flyers' blue line and took off on an overtime breakaway. The only audible sound inside the Wells Fargo Center, aside from a building crescendo of anticipation, was the noise of 19,873 seats flipping up as butts rose out of them. "From blue line to blue line, I just put my head down," Schenn said. "It was just an all-out sprint to try and create separation. I think it was maybe around the [Kings'] blue line that I tried to look and see what's open.
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July 15, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com
THE FLYERS' top four defensive prospects - Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg - at a development camp Friday in Voorhees, were noticeably excited when asked about their roles on future Flyers teams. But each was cautious about thinking too far ahead. Ron Hextall told Flyers prospects that the ongoing development camp was not an evaluation process, and the GM said he was not ready to "anoint" any of these kids with an NHL roster spot in his first summer in Philadelphia's front office.
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May 1, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
THE CALLER HATED last week's Daily News coverage of the Philly cops who've avoided criminal charges for thuggish behavior that would've landed anyone else in an orange jumpsuit. My column about them was damning. I even referred to one of the cops as "a menacing dirtbag. " "There are bad apples everywhere," said the caller, the mother of two police officers. "They're no different than a 7-Eleven clerk who goes to work every day to earn a living for their family. They're just like anyone else.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
JAKE VORACEK was not shy. Thinking back to the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 26, Voracek said New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh "owned" his line. "We were overthinking it too much against him," Voracek said. "He's a very smart defenseman; he reads the ice very well. He's so good at picking off passes. " With Ray Emery filling in for the injured Steve Mason in Game 1, and even less room for error, McDonagh's stout work at the blue line has forced Flyers coach Craig Berube to alter his game plan.
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