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September 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six days after he suffered a lower-body injury that was supposed to sideline him for two weeks, Claude Giroux made a surprising return to the Flyers' practice Thursday morning in Voorhees. The team captain stretched, skated gingerly at first, and flipped passes to his teammates. He had a big smile on his face as he shot a puck into an empty net. Later, he did drills with increased speed, looked surprisingly sharp, and was able to make quick cuts. Giroux, who finished third among NHL scorers last season with 86 points, said he felt good.
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September 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though they are without injured captain Claude Giroux, the Flyers' power play has been frighteningly effective in the preseason. Especially at home. First-period power-play goals by Brayden Schenn, Vinny Lecavalier, and hotshot rookie Shayne Gostisbehere propelled the Flyers to a 4-0 exhibition win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. That made the Flyers (2-1-1) 7 for 10 on the power play in their two games at the Wells Fargo Center. "We're moving the puck well and getting good shots," Lecavalier said after his second goal of the preseason.
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September 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers center Vinny Lecavalier is trying to erase the memory of his least-productive full season since 2001-02. Lecavalier suffered facial and back injuries. He was switched to left wing for huge stretches. There were defensive lapses and a team-worst minus-16 rating. At 34, he has put last season - and the summer trade talk - behind him. "It's time to move on," he said. In his first year with the Flyers, after signing a five-year deal for $22.5 million, Lecavalier managed 20 goals but just 37 points after 14 mostly productive seasons with Tampa Bay. "It's easy to look back and make excuses, but whatever happened, happened," Lecavalier said before he scored one of the Flyers' four power-play goals as their split-squad team beat Washington, 5-4, Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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September 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Flyers open their preseason schedule with a split-squad game Monday night against Washington at the Wells Fargo Center, they will showcase what appears to be their new No. 1 defensive pairing: Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald. MacDonald, 28, is looking forward to getting more chances to shut down opponents' top lines this season. "You want to be out there in all the high-level situations, the important ones, and help your team win," said MacDonald, who led the NHL with 242 blocked shots last season while playing for the Islanders and Flyers.
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September 23, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THREE YEARS AGO, Brayden Schenn laced up for his first training camp with the Flyers with all eyes affixed to him. He was a highly touted first-round pick, referred to around hockey as the best player not yet skating in the NHL. It would be easy to look at Schenn's numbers - 40 goals and 43 assists in 183 games - and say that he hasn't quite lived up to the hype. There have been flashes, like the three-point game he produced against the Penguins in the playoffs during his rookie season.
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September 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have questions about their Kimmo Timonen-less defense; questions about Claude Giroux's health and who will replace left winger Scott Hartnell; questions about whether young players such as Sean Couturier, Luke Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto can take their games to another level. But for the first time in a while, there are few questions about the team's most important position. That's because goalie Steve Mason rediscovered his mojo last season, and even outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist in the Flyers' seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
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September 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Claude Giroux's undisclosed lower-body injury, suffered 15 minutes after camp opened Friday, has had a domino effect on the Flyers. In Day 2 of coach Craig Berube's first camp, three of the lines were altered Saturday because of the injury. Brayden Schenn, who had been penciled in as the top-line left winger with Giroux and right winger Jake Voracek, moved to center - the position he primarily played last season, while Michael Raffl played left wing. Raffl had been on the third line the previous day. Because he played at center and wing last season, Schenn said he feels "confident and comfortable at both positions.
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September 19, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
1 Conditioning: Last fall, Ed Snider called it the worst training camp he'd seen in his 46 seasons as team owner. Peter Laviolette was fired three games into the regular season when the Flyers broke out of the gate winless. This time, coach Craig Berube said he kept in touch with every player over the summer, asked a few to shed body fat, and vows his team will be in top physical shape. 2 Vinny Lecavalier: Both the Flyers and veteran forward Vinny Lecavalier say there are no hard feelings after a trying offseason.
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September 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Handcuffed by salary-cap woes he inherited, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was unable to upgrade the team in the offseason. Hextall isn't worried. The former standout goaltender believes he has a solid nucleus that features center Claude Giroux, right winger Wayne Simmonds, and goalie Steve Mason. He thinks a year of maturity will help the younger players make major strides, and says having their first training camp under coach Craig Berube will help the Flyers get off to a better start than last year.
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July 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The start of summer has not been good to the Flyers. Their captain, Claude Giroux, spent a night in jail last week after a bizarre incident in an Ottawa bar. Their new general manager, Ron Hextall, was hamstrung by the team's salary-cap situation and could not join the free-agent frenzy. And while the Flyers were signing spare parts - some for depth, some for their AHL affiliate - most of their Metropolitan Division opponents made improvements. So where will the Flyers stand when the season starts?
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