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 29, 2015 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made a trade Saturday for a player he's not sure he will keep, and he sent defenseman Chris Pronger - who is currently employed by the NHL's player-safety department - to Arizona as part of the deal. Yes, it was one of the most bizarre trades in Flyers history. The Flyers acquired Sam Gagner, a center who has not lived up to the expectations created by his being drafted sixth overall in 2007, and a conditional draft pick from Arizona for defenseman Nick Grossmann and Pronger's contract.
July 3, 2015 |
LESS IS MORE. No other phrase better sums up the 14-month tenure of Ron Hextall as Flyers general manager than this. Whether we are discussing getting two second-round draft picks from the Blackhawks for the now-retired Kimmo Timonen, first- and third-rounders and a much cheaper defenseman from Tampa in exchange for Braydon Coburn and the contract that pays him $4.5 million next season, getting a third-rounder in 2017 from Boston for one-goal scorer...
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.
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.