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September 23, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Nick Grossmann said he tries not to look back too much on last season, but every now and again, it enters his mind. "You think of things that you could have done better," Grossmann said. "You think of things you wish you could change. " If Grossmann could change one thing about last season - and really, his entire year-and-a-half tenure with the Flyers - it would be his number of trips to the trainer's office. Since joining the Flyers at the 2012 trade deadline, Grossmann has played in fewer than 70 percent (61 of 89)
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September 19, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 14, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who underwent surgery Aug. 15 to repair tendon damage in his right index finger, seems to be progressing ahead of schedule. Giroux was able to pass the puck gingerly - but not shoot it - during the opening of training camp Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. "It felt better than I thought it would," said Giroux, who said he hurt his finger on the golf course when his club shattered. "I wasn't even sure I'd be able to touch the puck," he added. Giroux continues to ice his finger and hopes to play in some preseason contests "to get the feel for the game" again.
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July 12, 2013 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
PAUL HOLMGREN said on Tuesday that even if the Flyers don't make any roster changes for the rest of the summer, he likes his team. Does that mean the Flyers are done making moves? Free agent Simon Gagne told the Daily News yesterday that Holmgren is still in close contact with his agent, Quebec-based Bob Sauve. Gagne said he has received offers from other teams but would like to do anything he can to remain with the Flyers. Last week, wrapping up a flurry of activity, Holmgren said he wasn't sure what could be accomplished with Gagne.
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July 4, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Not so long ago, the Flyers' signing of Vincent Lecavalier would have been received with universal, almost celebratory, acclaim. Lecavalier is the biggest star available in free agency this summer. The Flyers boldly locked him up Tuesday night. That's all a franchise can do, right? Go out and make the boldest moves possible in order to win? A few years ago, that would have been the story here. Now? Well, things have changed. The minute you hear about a player getting a big contract, it's like someone starts the clock running down to when everyone agrees that the contract was a big mistake.
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July 2, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NEWARK, N.J. - It was a moment of pure ecstasy, uncontrollable excitement, happiness and a tinge of nerves. By the time Sam Morin had finished hugging his parents, waving to his entourage of 30 in the crowd, and making his way to the stage at Prudential Center, he shook his idol Chris Pronger's hand and was at a loss for words. "I just said hi," Morin said with his thick, Quebec accent. "Just to meet him is very special. It was the best moment of my life. " Scouting for the Flyers in one of the deepest drafts for defensemen in recent memory, Pronger introduced himself to Morin and congratulated him 20 years after experiencing the same thrill.
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July 2, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - The Flyers bypassed two much higher-rated defensemen Sunday when they selected towering Sam Morin with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the NHL draft at the Prudential Center. They made the right choice, Morin said. "I'm going to be a very great player," Morin said after he became just the fourth defenseman the Flyers had chosen in the first round since 1988. If the late blooming, 6-foot-6, 202-pounder's talent matches his confidence, he will be a star.
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June 19, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - From the time he was old enough to handle the hostility, Darnell Nurse used to travel to Philadelphia twice a year to see his Uncle Donovan play at Lincoln Financial Field. Nurse, now 18, is ready to be drafted on June 30, but in a different sport than Donovan McNabb. And if the Flyers were to nab Nurse with the 11th overall pick, he knows what he would be getting himself into. "I loved it there," said Nurse, a defenseman. "The fans are crazy. But I think that's the best part of the city - that they're crazy about their sports.
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June 6, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THIRTY FOUR years ago, the NHL made the use of helmets mandatory for new players. Yesterday, hockey took a similarly giant leap toward protecting its greatest assets by making mandatory the use of half-shield facial visors. The NHL's competition committee, with the help of Flyers chairman Ed Snider and five players representing the NHL Players Association, met in Toronto to approve the grandfathering of visors. The rule change still needs to be approved by the league's Board of Governors with a vote, though that is expected to be a formality.
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June 5, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NHL on Tuesday took a major step toward enacting a mandatory visor for next season. Representatives from the league and the NHL Players' Association agreed to make wearing visors mandatory for players who enter the league beginning in 2013-14. The decision, which is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors later this month, was made after a meeting of the league's competition committee at the league's offices in Toronto. The Board of Governors is expected to vote overwhelmingly to put the rule into effect.
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