February 28, 2010 |
When you last saw the Flyers (remember them?), they were one of the NHL's hottest teams. They had won four straight, climbed into the Eastern Conference's sixth spot, and started to show why they were expected to be strong Stanley Cup contenders. Then came the Olympic break, which means when they resume play Tuesday in Tampa Bay, the Flyers will be playing for the first time in 17 days. The layoff has left a host of questions: It shouldn't. For one, the schedule is favorable - five of their next six games are against teams that have more losses than wins.
January 12, 2009
L UCA SBISA was getting a stick ready in the Verizon Center, long before most of his teammates had arrived. As he was putting the finishing touches on the tape, a line of Flyers began arriving, led by Mike Richards . Without looking directly at Richards, Sbisa began hopping up and down and grinning. Richards got the message and he began hopping up and down until, at just the right moment, the two hopped into each other, a kind of sideways chest thump. The little byplay brought an ear-to-ear grin from the Flyers captain.
July 1, 2010 |
The landscape of the NBA's Eastern Conference is about to change dramatically, though your local team will most likely be left standing on the sidelines while rosters change and superstars get new addresses. At midnight last evening, the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became unrestricted free agents. If that isn't interesting enough, consider that such high-profile organizations as the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are in good monetary positions to land one, or two, of the big names, which could lead to a franchise turnaround.
July 3, 2015 |
AFTER THE FLYERS cleared cap space in a trade with Arizona last weekend, adding Sam Gagner to the mix, the general question around Flyerland was: What forward comes next? Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said that upgrading the skill level up front was crucial for the team's offseason. And after two days of free agency, Gagner might be that upgrade after all. He also might be the only player the Flyers add to their first three lines this summer, barring any trades. "He is a very skilled forward," Hextall said of Gagner.
October 19, 2011 |
OTTAWA - Harry Zolnierczyk, one of the Flyers' unheralded but productive undrafted free agents in training camp, was recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms yesterday, made his NHL debut against the Senators last night and scored a goal in a 7-2 victory. But Zolnierczyk's presence in the Canadian capital raised a few eyebrows - and question marks. Why didn't the Flyers decide to call up hotshot prospect Brayden Schenn, who has posted eight points in four games with the Phantoms?
May 21, 2012 |
So where do the Flyers - after a very good regular season that morphed into a very weird playoff showing - go from here? Well, in a best-case scenario, they would become one of the NHL's best teams if they somehow signed New Jersey winger Zach Parise and Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter, a pair of prospective free agents. Will they have the cap space for both? Doubtful. And even if they were to make a deal to free cap space, the odds of them beating out a long list of suitors for both players would not be favorable.
July 3, 2008 |
When the Flyers signed free-agent forward Glen Metropolit on Tuesday, general manager Paul Holmgren compared his versatility to R.J. Umberger's. He could have called him a poor man's R.J. Umberger. The Flyers signed Metropolit to a two-year, $2 million deal. Umberger, who was traded to Columbus June 20 because the Flyers didn't have enough cap space, will eventually sign a much pricier contract with the Blue Jackets. As a fourth-line center with the Boston Bruins last year, Metropolit, 34, was slightly less productive in the regular season (11 goals, 22 assists)
June 9, 2009 |
Though all signs point to the Flyers signing controversial goalie Ray Emery, general manager Paul Holmgren yesterday said both sides are still negotiating. Because Emery played in Russia last season, the team that signs him can announce they have an agreement before July 1, when the free-agent signing period starts. Holmgren isn't prepared to make that announcement. "We're still talking," he said. "I can't say we've decided 100 percent yet. " Holmgren said he has talked with potential free agent Marty Biron and his agent "at length," and he was not ready to close the door on signing him. But the door seems to be almost shut, and if you read between the lines, Emery looks to be the Flyers' guy. For one, he is expected to sign a one-year deal for about $1.5 million, significantly less than Biron, who is seeking a four- or five-year contract that figures to land him about $4 million per season.
February 28, 1996 |
Tony Massenburg has been with the 76ers before. Sort of. OK, it was just for three or four days in their 1993 camp for rookies and free agents. "I played well," Massenburg said. But never like this. The 6-9 Massenburg, obtained with Eddie Pinckney Thursday in the deal that sent Sharone Wright to Toronto, was a sudden starter last night, stepping in when Derrick Coleman could not play because of swelling in his right ankle. The remarkable result: 18 points, 11 rebounds and six critical free throws in the fourth quarter of a 121-115 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, which ended the Sixers' seven-game losing streak.
September 11, 1993 |
Don't simply consider the 23 games in which Derek Strong played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season. Factor in all the hours coach Mike Dunleavy spent with him one-on-one, working diligently on his footwork, his moves to the basket, his positioning for rebounding. Dunleavy, who is also the Bucks' vice president of basketball operations, liked what he saw. Liked it enough to tender Strong, a restricted free agent, a $250,000 qualifying offer, the procedure necessary for the Bucks to retain a right of first refusal against offers from other teams.