April 26, 2012
TO WANDER around the Flyers' dressing room during their playoff interregnum - no start date for the next round, no opponent yet identified, no questions worth asking after the first day - is to witness the impossible: Defensemen. Lots of them. Seemingly growing healthier. Depth getting deeper. The venerable-and-essential Kimmo Timonen, who has been patched together physically for months now, talks about what could end up being a weeklong layoff and smiles easily and says, "To be honest, I need it. " But to walk among the rest of the defensemen at their locker stalls is to see legitimate hope that Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossmann could be back at some point from their injuries, and legitimate production from Erik Gustafsson as a fill-in at the end of the Pittsburgh series.
February 2, 2011 |
The last time the Flyers skated on home ice was Jan. 25, when they disposed of the Canadiens for the franchise's 1,000th regular-season home win. The Daily News commemorates that milestone with this power page and invites readers to share their favorite memories of regular-season home wins by sending an e-mail to DNSports@phillynews.com . Here are five chronologically at the top of our list: 1. The First Oct. 19, 1967 Goaltender Doug Favell shook off an ankle injury and Bill Sutherland scored the first Flyers goal at the Spectrum in the 1-0 win over the Penguins.
July 27, 2006 |
Former Flyers defenseman Danny Markov signed a $2.5 million, 1-year contract with Detroit yesterday. Markov had 11 assists in 58 games for the Nashville Predators last season, and the Moscow native was a key player for Russia at the Turin Olympics. He missed 17 games with various injuries. The 6-1, 190-pound Markov also has played for Toronto, Phoenix and Carolina in addition to the Flyers, contributing 131 points in 472 NHL games. His best season was with the Coyotes in 2001-02, when he had career highs in goals (six)
June 8, 2006 |
A change in philosophy will guide the Flyers next season, and club chairman Ed Snider already has imparted it to general manager Bob Clarke: No more trading youth and draft picks for veteran players. "We're going back to our roots," Snider said yesterday at the Flyers Skate Zone in the Far Northeast, where he and 200 children from the School District of Philadelphia celebrated the successful first year of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. "We're not going to go and trade picks anymore, or trade our kids ever again for veterans.
September 13, 2005 |
They have baked pretzels, rung the opening bell at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, scooped water ice, and cooked cheesesteaks. The Flyers wanted fans to know they have returned to Philadelphia. Today, they want you to know they're back on the ice after a yearlong lockout as training camp opens with 52 players - including the Phantoms - at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, Camden County. "This is one team where there wasn't a whole lot broken," winger Mike Knuble said. "A few bounces here and there, and they're in the Stanley Cup Finals in '04. Yet they went out and fixed a few things.
August 3, 2005 |
It was a recurring nightmare for several members of the Flyers' brass. Visions of Marian Hossa, Daniel Alfredsson, Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Mats Sundin, Vincent Lecavalier and Jaromir Jagr - all coming across the blue line with speed. Who among the Flyers' defense was big enough to stop them? Late Monday night, in a swift assault on free agency, general manager Bob Clarke addressed that concern. He added a hefty dose of fear on defense, signing 6-foot-5, 235-pound twin towers Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje.
August 1, 2005 |
NHL free agency officially begins at noon today. It should be a whirlwind of activity for some clubs competing for a few select players while dealing with the new $39 million salary cap. For the Flyers, it's all about the blue line. They desperately need an impact defenseman with size. Think about the Eastern Conference, which has Mats Sundin, Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Yashin, Mario Lemieux, Joe Thornton and Vinny Lecavalier. All are big, strong forwards. Whom do the Flyers have on defense to play any of them man-to-man?
December 1, 2004 |
Three native Russians on the Flyers' roster last season will play in a Russia vs. The World all-star game assembled by Igor Larionov, who is retiring from professional hockey after 27 years in the NHL and Russian leagues. Larionov is making the exhibition game, to be held in Moscow, his farewell celebration. Comcast has signed an exclusive deal to televise the game nationally on its many local sports and news channels. CN8 will carry the game in the Philadelphia region - Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. - and will produce the U.S. end of the broadcast, adding English graphics and announcers to the Russian TV feed.
August 13, 2004 |
The Flyers yesterday re-signed veteran defenseman Mattias Timander to a two-year deal. Terms were not available. Timander, 30, played 34 games for the Flyers last season after the team acquired him from the New York Islanders in January amidst a plague of injuries to other defensemen. He had two goals, five assists and a plus-minus rating of 15 for the season. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Timander was among the NHL players who made plans to play in Europe in anticipation of an NHL work stoppage this fall.
July 30, 2004 |
Another potential men's basketball coach for La Salle was officially eliminated yesterday when Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon signed a new 10-year contract, one that will keep him on the Easton, Pa., campus through June 30, 2014. O'Hanlon, a former assistant to Fran Dunphy at Penn, has been prominently mentioned as a successor to Billy Hahn, who resigned at La Salle on Saturday. Another possible successor, Drexel coach James "Bruiser" Flint, signed a two-year extension with the Dragons on Wednesday.