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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 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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July 2, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TRY AS HE might, Ron Hextall could not rid the Flyers of any of the numerous onerous contracts bogging down their salary cap. Hextall could not find a taker for center Vinny Lecavalier, despite the fact he gave agent Kent Hughes more than 2 weeks to work out a landing spot. He will be paid a $2 million signing bonus today, which hampered negotiations. Hextall did not budge in buying out winger R.J. Umberger, despite the fact he is the Flyers' second-highest paid forward after Claude Giroux.
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July 1, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE NAME of "Mr. Irrelevant," otherwise known as the 210th pick, had not been registered by the Stanley Cup champion Kings even 10 minutes Saturday and Ron Hextall was ready to put his first-ever draft in the rearview mirror. The Flyers have work to do. "First on my agenda right now is to go back to Skate Zone and take a look at our [salary] cap," Hextall said. "We have the hard number now, so we've got to look at it and see where we can try to maneuver. " The Flyers need to do some serious maneuvering just to fill out their roster for the upcoming season, let alone entertain pricey free agents when the signing window opens tomorrow at noon.
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June 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
HOURS AFTER trading Scott Hartnell to Columbus yesterday for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers announced they agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension with Brayden Schenn. The team, per its policy, did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the extension is worth an average of $2.5 million per year. Earlier in the offseason, general manager Ron Hextall said he regarded re-signing Schenn as a top priority. The 22-year-old center was set to become a restricted free agent when free agency begins on July 1. "I'm happy with the deal I got," Schenn said yesterday evening on a conference call with reporters.
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May 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the Flyers' perspective, there are two ways to look at the fact that the New York Rangers could be on their way to reaching the Stanley Cup Finals: Having extended the Rangers to the limit in the first round, the Flyers could just as easily still be playing. Therefore, they are thisclose to being a legitimate Stanley Cup contender and not many offseason moves are needed. Or . . . The Flyers are noticeably lacking in speed when compared with Eastern Conference finalists Montreal and the Rangers, and they cannot match either team's defense.
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