January 21, 2014 |
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren believes defense wins championships, especially blue lines anchored by big, physical players who play with an edge. That explains why he acquired Chris Pronger in 2009 and signed an offer sheet for Shea Weber in 2012. Holmgren also thought Luke Schenn had the potential to be a first-pair defenseman, so he dealt the gifted James van Riemsdyk to Toronto 19 months ago. Pronger helped will the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, but he suffered a career-ending concussion in 2011.
January 6, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Flyers have undergone an identity change since Craig Berube replaced Peter Laviolette as their head coach early in the season. Under Laviolette, they were an attack-oriented team and, because of that, they left their goaltenders vulnerable on way too many occasions - as the guy now playing in Edmonton would wholeheartedly attest. Under Berube, the Flyers have a defense-first mentality that emphasizes strong skating away from the puck and an active forecheck in the neutral zone.
November 13, 2013 |
TORONTO - Chris Pronger will be on the Flyers' payroll until at least June 30, 2017. But Pronger might not have to wait until 2020, or 3 years after he retires, to be summoned into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Instead, the Hall's bylaws state that a player is eligible for induction 3 years after playing his last game. Pronger's last NHL game was Nov. 19, 2011, part of the 2011-12 season. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is on record as saying Pronger will never play again.
October 3, 2013 |
EXACTLY 4 YEARS ago, Ray Emery was gearing up for his first start in a Flyers uniform. Emery, then 27, carried the Flyers to a 2-0 shutout that night in Raleigh, N.C., against the Hurricanes. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers, John Stevens was the head coach, and James van Riemsdyk collected his first NHL point. On the other bench, Michael Leighton backed up Cam Ward - it was roughly 2 months and one waiver transaction prior to Leighton starting in the Winter Classic for the Flyers.
September 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - What does Paul Holmgren have up his sleeve? It doesn't take a mathlete to understand that the Flyers are currently over the NHL's $64.3 million salary cap with Chris Pronger on the roster. Pronger will not play again, but the Flyers must retain his salary-cap hit on their roster for the first day of the season before he can be move to the long-term injury list. It's important to note that the first day of the salary cap begins Monday afternoon - and the Flyers' first game isn't until Wednesday against Toronto.
September 23, 2013 |
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)
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.
September 14, 2013 |
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.
July 12, 2013 |
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.
July 4, 2013 |
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.