June 28, 1998 |
The Flyers invested in speed and creativity with their first-round choice in yesterday's NHL amateur entry draft at the Marine Midland Arena and freed nearly $2 million for the upcoming free-agent bidding by trading 37-year-old defenseman Paul Coffey to the Chicago Blackhawks for a fifth-round selection. On the same day that Simon Gagne, a bright-eyed 18-year-old center from Ste.-Foy, Quebec, spoke excitedly in a thick French accent about his hopes to help the heavy-legged Flyers address a need for quick skaters, a sad chapter was added to the declining career of Coffey, a future Hall of Famer who chafed while sitting idle during the team's early ouster in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
June 25, 2011 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was picked first in a center-heavy NHL draft by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. The Oilers, going first overall for the second straight year, selected the slick passer from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. The 18-year-old center led the WHL last season with 75 assists. Nugent-Hopkins is the first WHL player to be drafted first since 1996. Six of the first eight picks were centers. Left winger Gabriel Landeskog of Sweden went second to the Colorado Avalanche.
July 6, 1995 |
Bob Clarke is enthusiastic about the Flyers having a first-round pick in Saturday's entry draft for the first time in three years, but he also realizes that picking 22nd overall, they are unlikely to find any immediate help. "Whoever we get is going to be a long way from the NHL," Clarke, the Flyers' president and general manager, said yesterday at the team's annual predraft luncheon. That would be the downside of making the playoffs for the first time in the '90s. The Flyers, who traded their 1993 and '94 first-round picks to Quebec in the 1992 Eric Lindros deal, now have their worst first-round spot ever (expansion has bloated the first round to 26 picks; as recently as five years ago, the 22nd pick was made in the second round)
June 19, 1992 |
It was 8 p.m. last night. L-Day, as in Eric Lindros Day, was fast approaching. Russ Farwell looked distracted, super serious, intense and out of breath. Every inch the Mad Hatter. The general manager of the Flyers had yet another meeting to attend, and although he had just fidgeted through a very boring expansion draft, he, like at least five other general managers, was caught up in the chase to acquire the most coveted 19-year-old athlete in the world. Time, Farwell seemed to be saying with his serious but distracted expression and grim intensity, was running out in the chase for Lindros.
June 27, 1993 |
The Flyers, who had no first-round pick in yesterday's NHL entry draft at the Coliseum, continued to look overseas for their prospects. They made a Finnish defenseman, two players from the Czech Republic and a Russian their first four choices. The Flyers' first pick, No. 36 overall in the second round, was Janne Niinimaa, 18, a 6-foot-1, 196-pound defenseman whom general manager Russ Farwell called "a great skater who is skilled and sees the ice well. " The Flyers last year dealt their first-round picks in 1993 and '94 to Quebec in the huge trade for Eric Lindros.
June 25, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The Flyers will host the 2014 NHL entry draft at the Wells Fargo Center, the league announced Friday. It is the first time the draft will be held in Philadelphia. "We are truly excited to host the 2014 National Hockey League entry draft at the Wells Fargo Center," Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko said in a statement. "This is further testament that Philadelphia truly is a hockey town. We just hosted a wonderful Winter Classic last season and, in addition to hosting the 2014 NHL entry draft, we soon will be preparing to also host the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four at Wells Fargo Center.
October 6, 2000 |
Roman Cechmanek made 36 saves to lead the Phantoms past the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1, in the American Hockey League season opener last night for both teams. Cechmanek, the sixth-round choice of the Flyers in the 2000 entry draft, was making his first professional start in the United States. Rob Murray and Derek Plante scored for the Phantoms. Jason MacDonald netted Wilkes-Barre's only goal, with 33 seconds remaining in the game.
April 8, 1995 |
The NHL trade deadline spurred multiple deals by a number of teams. Leading the way were the Toronto Maple Leafs, who, on the heels of three trades Thursday, completed two more swaps yesterday. They added defenseman Grant Jennings from Pittsburgh and forward Tie Domi from Winnipeg. In exchange for Jennings, Toronto sent defenseman Drake Berehowsky to Pittsburgh. To get Domi, who began his NHL career in Toronto, the Leafs shipped center Mike Eastwood and a third-round choice in the 1995 entry draft to the Jets.
March 6, 2008 |
The Wings yesterday acquired lefthanded forward A.J. Shannon from the Minnesota Swarm and goaltender Brandon Miller and a second-round pick in the 2008 entry draft from the Chicago Shamrox. In exchange, the Wings sent forwards Dan Marohl and Keith Cromwell to the Swarm and goaltender Matt Roik, defenseman Brad Self, a first-round pick in the 2009 draft and a second-round pick in the 2010 draft to the Shamrox. Also, practice-squad player Matt Eckerl was added to the Wings' 23-man roster.
August 30, 2005 |
The Wings chose Cornell University forward Sean Greenhalgh with the third pick in the first round of the National Lacrosse League entry draft last night in Edmonton, Alberta. Philadelphia had acquired two other picks in the first round through trades, and it took forward Luke Wiles of Delaware fourth and defenseman Chad Thompson ninth. Thompson played last season for the Barrie Lakeshores of the Ontario Lacrosse Association. The Wings traded a second-round pick to the Colorado Mammoth for forward Brad Self, who has 69 points in his three NLL seasons.