May 2, 2000 |
The Flyers are two games away from an early summer, trailing their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins by two games to none. Tonight in Pittsburgh, they will try to get back into the series amid a pair of lineup changes. The biggest change involves dropping center Keith Primeau from the first line to the second and moving Daymond Langkow up one line as Primeau's replacement. The other involves defenseman Adam Burt's entering the lineup in place of Mark Eaton, a rookie.
December 28, 2000 |
On a night when the Flyers got balanced production, Hurricane Daymond continued to pile up points. The Flyers scored five consecutive goals and roared past the Florida Panthers, 5-2, last night at the National Car Rental Center. That kept the Flyers unbeaten in eight games - 5-0-3 - under coach Bill Barber as they travel to Tampa Bay tonight to meet the Lightning. "We're confident; we trust everyone on the ice," Jody Hull said. "When you have that, you play loose, but you play confident.
December 19, 2000 |
Bill Barber promised a different look in practice. More skating. More emotion. More movement. Four games into his coaching regime, the Flyers' daily drills aren't all that different from those of the past. But the tempo, the lack of downtime, the emphasis on constant movement in practices is very different from the practices of Barber's predecessor, Craig Ramsay. There are no side talks along the boards, no stoppages of play. It's motion, skating, go to the boards for the next drill, then back to skating.
January 18, 2000 |
This is the time of the year when Northerners come to Florida to feel the therapeutic effects of the sun on their frostbitten bones. The Flyers experienced none of those feel-good sensations yesterday, though, as their midwinter funk continued with their season-high third straight defeat, a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers that left coach Roger Neilson seething. Neilson wasn't mad at the Flyers. He said his club, which has scored just two goals in its last three games, had played well enough to win. What angered Neilson was the penalty that referee Dan Marouelli whistled on Daymond Langkow for holding the stick of Florida defenseman Todd Simpson in front of the Flyers' bench 7 minutes, 43 seconds into the third period.
March 10, 1999 |
They've tried just about everyone at the point on the power play, including team captain Eric Lindros. So why not a relative newcomer? That's what the Flyers did last night. Coach Roger Neilson put Daymond Langkow on the point during the second-unit power play, and it resulted in a goal. Langkow played the point on the power play in juniors, which was a while ago. "I didn't mind being up there," Langkow said. "We seemed to work hard to get some chances. " The Flyers got two power-play goals in the 2-2 tie against the Islanders.
July 1, 1999 |
Bob Clarke confirmed that he has received the signed Eric Lindros contract for next season and has forwarded it to the league, meaning Lindros does not become a restricted free agent today. Lindros will be paid $8.5 million plus unspecified incentives that are believed to be worth a few hundred thousand dollars at the most. Colorado's Peter Forsberg and Anaheim's Paul Kariya recently have agreed to deals worth $30 million apiece over the next three years, but Carl Lindros, Eric's father and agent, has said that "now is not the time to be thinking about a long-term contract.
May 22, 2000 |
Flyers center Daymond Langkow, sidelined since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final series, estimated there is a "50-50" chance he can play in tonight's Game 5 against the New Jersey Devils. Langkow, leveled by a Scott Stevens check on which he suffered a concussion, said yesterday that he feels "pretty good. Hopefully, I can get back in there. " He said he would have to get a final check-over by a team physician today. Also scheduling a doctor's visit for today was another Flyers center, Eric Lindros.
November 12, 1999 |
You can tell fans like Sandy McCarthy, and not just because dropping the gloves has long been popular in Philadelphia. When McCarthy is on the ice, fans see him trying, straining to turn, giving extra effort to line up a hit, using every bit of his concentration to get the puck to stay on his stick. McCarthy doesn't have John LeClair's hands or Eric Lindros's wheels. He has built a seven-year NHL career mostly on being 6-3, 255 pounds, and willing and able to swing his fists.
February 16, 2000 |
Bob Clarke has long coveted tough guy Gino Odjick. "When Pat Quinn was [general manager] in Vancouver, he would never trade him," Clarke, the Flyers' general manager, recalled last night. Yesterday, Clarke finally got Odjick, a 29-year-old, 6-3, 227-pound winger, from the New York Islanders, for winger Mikael Andersson and a fifth-round draft pick the Flyers had acquired from Carolina in the Keith Primeau trade. It was a curious move, in that the Flyers already dress Sandy McCarthy and Craig Berube, certified NHL heavyweights.
December 6, 1999 |
Chris Therien finally got a goal. It came Saturday on a power play against Montreal. He put a hard slapshot past goalie Jose Theodore high into the net. "I had a couple of good chances to get some goals in that one," Therien said. "I don't know what it's been this season with my scoring. I feel snakebit. " Therien said he was thinking about asking Flyers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck for help in deciding the best place to shoot from when he pinches between the circles, about 30 feet from the net. "Maybe he can tell me what I should be doing in a situation like that," Therien said.