July 22, 2013
Sean Couturier, expected to be the Flyers' third-line center, agreed to a two-year contract extension Saturday that will pay him a total of $3.5 million - a $1.75 million cap hit per season. Couturier, 20, could have become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. After a solid rookie year (13 goals, 27 points, plus-18 rating) Couturier went through a sophomore slump in 2013, when he had just four goals, 15 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games. Before joining the Flyers after the lockout ended, he had 28 points in 31 games with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms last season.
April 16, 2012 |
The NHL's discipline department has been busy thus far in the playoffs, and the hearings will continue. The league has scheduled two separate hearings Tuesday with Penguins forward James Neal and another with forward Arron Asham for their actions in Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Flyers. Both players could face suspensions. The series resumes Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center with the Flyers leading three games to none. Neal faces discipline for hits on Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier.
October 7, 2013 |
MONTREAL - For the second straight game, Brayden Schenn started on the Flyers' top line and Jake Voracek was on the third unit. Schenn was with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell as the Flyers faced Montreal on Saturday night, while Voracek - a top-line winger for most of last season - was with Sean Couturier and Max Talbot. "They're two totally different players, obviously," said Hartnell, comparing Schenn and Voracek. "No offense to Brayden, but Jake is quicker, he gets to loose pucks.
September 28, 2014 |
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, is a big, small town. The type of town where everyone knows everyone - even more so among the small fraternity of hockey players from the prairie lucky enough to make it to the NHL. Journeyman forward Blair Jones is 3 years older than Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, a bit older still than Brayden Schenn. Their paths never would have crossed in minor hockey circuits or junior hockey. But when Jones signed with the Flyers after the free-agency period opened on July 1, his phone lit up with text messages from the Saskatoon connection.
February 18, 2015 |
BUFFALO - The Flyers' top goalie is injured for the third time this season, their best defenseman still hasn't played because of blood clots, and their No. 1 line is in a major funk. Despite those setbacks, the Flyers, who host Columbus on Tuesday, are in their best stretch since 2011 - and have climbed back into the playoff hunt. "We're playing a good team game now and everybody is contributing," captain Claude Giroux said after the Flyers overcame an awful 15-minute second-period stretch and outlasted sad-sack Buffalo, 2-1, on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.