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October 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TURNS OUT, the chain around Brayden Schenn's neck was more choker collar than leash - given how quickly and how hard it was yanked by Craig Berube last week. Schenn's experiment on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek did not last five full periods during the regular season. He was pulled from the line during the second period of last Thursday's loss to New Jersey. It wasn't just a momentary shake-up, either. When the puck dropped on Saturday night against Montreal, it was Michael Raffl flanked to Giroux's left for the opening draw.
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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Flyers have made it difficult on themselves at the start of a season. They host Montreal, which has started the year with consecutive road wins, on Saturday night and are in danger of slipping to 0-3 for the third straight season. The schedule doesn't get easier. After facing the Canadiens, the Flyers meet four of the league's projected heavyweights - Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh. "We have to clean up our little mistakes," defenseman Mark Streit said after a team meeting at their Voorhees practice facility Friday, one day after the Flyers dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting New Jersey, "but on the other hand, we did some good things as well, so we have to be positive out there.
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October 9, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Claude Giroux's last 14 months have included finger surgery after his golf club shattered, an arrest for grabbing a policeman's buttocks in an Ottawa bar - "my misguided attempt at humor," he said - and a lower-body injury suffered 15 minutes into this season's training camp. "Bad luck," Giroux said, "kind of follows me. " Not on the ice. The Flyers captain has blossomed into one of the NHL's elite players. Giroux finished third in the NHL in scoring with 86 points and third in the MVP voting last season.
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October 7, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLEANS, Mass. - Ed Snider thinks right winger Jake Voracek is on the verge of NHL stardom. "This kid," Snider said early in training camp, "has a chance to be a superstar. " Is the Flyers' chairman, mindful that Voracek was part of the package the Flyers acquired in 2011 for scoring machine Jeff Carter, overdosing on hyperbole? Or is the 25-year-old Voracek, coming off the best season of his six-year career, ready to take the next step in his development? Relayed Snider's comments, Voracek smiled.
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October 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New general manager Ron Hextall says that the Flyers are "right under" the handful of NHL elite teams, and that if things break right and they "get the momentum going," anything can happen in the postseason. You have to admire Hextall for his optimism, especially after a quiet offseason for a team that made an early playoff exit last spring. Short on cap space, long on multiyear contracts, they didn't make a big splash in the free-agent market and didn't trade for any game-changing players.
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September 28, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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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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