March 26, 2014 |
MIKE RICHARDS and Jeff Carter come back to Philadelphia for the first time as a duo and it is impossible not to look back, and to wonder. It is a waste of time, of course, the wondering - but sometimes you can't help yourself. What if they had not been traded? What would this team look like? "I think it's a long time ago," Claude Giroux was saying. "A lot has changed since. I think there's only four guys on the team who were there in 2010. So a lot has changed. We have a new look in the Flyers' organization.
March 30, 2014 |
When the Flyers signed former NHL scoring champion Vinny Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million free-agent contract last summer, they didn't do it because they thought they were getting a power-play specialist and a fourth-line center. But that was Lecavalier's new role Friday night against visiting Toronto. In a stunning move, Flyers coach Craig Berube demoted Lecavalier to the fourth line. Lecavalier had been playing on the second line at left wing, but was back at his natural position - center - for Friday's game.
July 25, 2011 |
The hard-partying ways of Flyers captain Mike Richards and center Jeff Carter played a major role in the organization's decision to trade both players in June, say two Flyers who played with the pair last season. Carter was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets for free agent forward Jakub Voracek and first- and third-round picks in the draft, and Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn. The two unnamed players said that the Flyers front office was disappointed in Carter and Richards' longstanding party lifestyle and that teammates were concerned about the pair's drinking.
January 10, 2012 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - It seemed fitting that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette reached a milestone Tuesday in his old stomping grounds. Coaching in the arena where he guided Carolina to the 2006 Stanley Cup, Laviolette notched his 100th win as the Flyers' coach in a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes at the RBC Center. Rookie Sean Couturier snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring early in the third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky - who has won four of his last five starts - was solid in the nets as the Flyers rebounded from Sunday's disastrous finish in Ottawa.
March 29, 2012 |
TORONTO - The Flyers invaded Canada with a new, unforeseen worry in their crease, with Sergei Bobrovsky set to replace the injured Ilya Bryzgalov for at least one game. They just didn't expect to face a Maple Leafs team with a bigger question mark in net. Toronto starter Jonas Gustavsson went down with an injury during warmups, relegating him to the locker room for the first period before warming the bench. Gustavsson's injury paved the way for the Maple Leafs' fourth-string goaltender, Jussi Rynnas, to make his first career NHL start.
January 24, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Just a few seconds after he hung up with his parents in Ontario on Sunday night, Tye McGinn phoned his older brother, Jamie, halfway across the country in Denver. He could barely contain his excitement, explaining to his brother - who plays for the Colorado Avalance - as clearly as possible that he was being recalled by the Flyers. "It was probably one of the best feelings I've ever had," Tye McGinn said. "I was probably even happier to tell him, because he's already been through it all. We talk everyday.
January 22, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - For the Flyers, the all-star break cannot come fast enough. The team lost three more players to injuries - including center Danny Briere, who suffered a concussion, and winger Jaromir Jagr, who aggravated a groin strain - in their 4-1 victory over New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. Winger Zac Rinaldo also left the game with an upper-body injury and is listed as day to day. Briere is out indefinitely, and Jagr probably won't play until after the all-star break.
April 5, 2013 |
TORONTO - Centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier have suffered through sophomore slumps, but they played major roles Thursday as the resilient Flyers outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, at the Air Canada Centre and increased their season-best winning streak to four games. "We're both trying to step up," Schenn said after the Flyers climbed to within two points of the eighth-place Rangers in the Eastern Conference. "We're getting the opportunity, playing on the power play and playing with good players.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Luke Schenn heard the crunch and took off. Standing guard at the blue line, Schenn watched Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov pursue the puck in the corner. He couldn't believe the finish and fury with which Orlov pasted his younger brother, Brayden, against the boards face-first. It was a moment of revenge for Orlov, who was crushed by Brayden Schenn seconds earlier on the same shift. The intent was obvious. "I think seeing any hit like that on a teammate is tough, but when it's your little brother that's getting hit, I think you really get angry," Schenn said after the game.
February 3, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Wayne Simmonds' transformation - from a checking-line winger with Los Angeles to one of the NHL's most productive players recently with the Flyers - is what general manager Paul Holmgren foresaw when he made the stunning deal with the Kings in 2011. Holmgren has made his share of questionable moves in recent years, with the trade that sent James van Riemsdyk to Toronto for Luke Schenn at the top of the forgettable list. But he got it right when he acquired Simmonds and the blossoming Brayden Schenn for captain Mike Richards.