April 14, 2011 |
ED BARKOWITZ THERE ISN'T a team in the Eastern Conference that the Flyers can't beat. And, as they showed in their struggles against lowly Atlanta, there isn't a team they can't lose to, either. The inconsistency is maddening, but this team undoubtedly responds when it must. The most significant response will need to come from rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was yanked in the regular-season finale. Nobody in the East has been better than Buffalo recently, so this won't be a quick, first-round walk like last season, when the Flyers disposed of New Jersey in five.
May 21, 2013
When the Flyers pick No. 11 in the first round of the June 30 NHL draft, here are some players who may be available: Darnell Nurse, D, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds He plays an aggressive, gritty style and models his game after Chris Pronger and Shea Weber. His offense is improving. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, 6-2, 189 The righthanded-shooting Finn plays with a nasty edge; he is regarded as a solid two-way defenseman and would be a nice consolation prize if Nurse is gone.
October 12, 2014 |
The Flyers received some encouraging news Friday: Top-pairing defenseman Braydon Coburn will not miss as much time as originally feared, general manager Ron Hextall said. Hextall said the Flyers won't know Coburn's time frame until he is examined by a specialist Monday, but that he was "optimistic" that the veteran would be able to play when the team starts a three-game road trip in Dallas next Saturday. If that's the case, Coburn would have missed just three games since suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury in Boston on Wednesday.
May 11, 2011
SEE IF YOU notice the pattern. Q: Why do the Flyers need a goaltender? A: Chris Pronger. Q: Why did the Flyers lose to the Bruins? A: Chris Pronger. Q: Who is the Flyers' most important health issue? A: Chris Pronger. You really don't have to read the rest if you don't feel like it. This is about the issue that should dominate the Flyers' thinking in the offseason. This is about Chris Pronger. The Flyers slumped down the stretch of the regular season when Pronger broke a hand, and they were bounced in the second round of the playoffs when he injured his back, and now he is a 36-year-old potentially facing surgery on a herniated disc, and now the Flyers had better be in more of a hurry than they were last summer.
June 8, 2010 |
Chris Pronger did not hold back. Speaking Sunday night after Game 5's crushing loss, in which he was on the ice for six of Chicago's goals and in the penalty box for another, Pronger took his fair share of blame for the loss. Game 5 was the first time Pronger was a minus-5 in 169 career playoff games. "I don't really know what the reason was," Pronger said after the game. "I just don't think we played very well, to be honest. They got an awful lot of bounces to go their way. But they earned them.
May 20, 2010 |
For the first time in the franchise's 42-season history, the Flyers have started a playoff series with consecutive shutouts. Goalie Michael Leighton has done the honors, but he has received lots of support from defensemen Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Lukas Krajicek, and Ryan Parent, along with the backchecking forwards. "It's kind of twofold," Pronger said. "One, it's goaltending. Obviously, [Leighton is] doing a great job of making the first save.
March 1, 2011 |
Nick Boynton was smiling. Skating around the ice during his first full practice with the Flyers, Boynton was reunited with his first professional coach, Peter Laviolette, for the first time in more than a decade. The two traded a few laughs, reminiscing about old times before getting to work. "Knowing a few people, it makes it a little bit easier coming to a brand new team," Boynton said. "Things change over 11 years, but I know what kind of coach he is, and he's a real good coach.
April 19, 2011 |
BUFFALO - Defenseman Chris Pronger, sidelined since March 8 because of a broken right hand, skated with the Flyers Monday morning and took some light wrist shots. He sat out the victory over the Sabres in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals but appears closer to returning. Originally, the Flyers had hoped Pronger would return late in the regular season and said they expected him to be sidelined three or four weeks. Tuesday is five weeks from the surgery.
May 28, 2010 |
ASK RETIRED Flyers defenseman Ed Van Impe if he sees any of himself in the team's current standout backliner, Chris Pronger, and he offers a qualified yes. "Probably a little bit," Van Impe, 70, said from his home in British Columbia. "I used to take pride in my defensive play, in taking care of my own end and clearing out the front of the net so the goaltender can see the puck. Chris is like that, too. " But Van Impe, a member of the Flyers' 1974 and '75 Stanley Cup championship teams, is honest enough and realistic enough that he won't say that Pronger's abilities are a mirror image of his own. "Believe me, Chris Pronger is light years ahead of me in terms of overall ability is concerned," Van Impe said.
September 19, 2013 |
The Flyers showed they believe in Sam Morin's potential, signing the 6-foot-6, 211-pound defenseman Tuesday to a three-year, entry-level deal for $4.275 million, including bonuses. Selected in the first round of the June draft, Morin, 18, has been impressive in training camp. Though he is likely to be sent back to his junior team, the Quebec native is giving the Flyers reason to pause before making that decision. "I knew negotiations had started, and I was very happy to sign this contract," said Morin, who had an eye-opening assist in the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to Washington on Monday.