February 13, 2012 |
DETROIT - If the Flyers face the New York Rangers or Boston Bruins in the playoffs, they will need short memories. In other words, they need to forget about their regular-season drubbings against those Eastern Conference heavyweights. "The playoffs are a whole new game," Flyers center Max Talbot said. "Everybody starts 0-0. " True, but the Flyers would have a huge psychological hurdle to clear, considering they are 1-7 against the Rangers and Bruins and have been outscored, 32-15.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Maybe it's partly because of a reputation that started in the 1970s with the Broad Street Bullies. Maybe it's simply because they are too undisciplined. Whatever the reason, the Flyers are the NHL's most penalized team. But their penchant for infractions isn't as damaging as it seems because the Flyers also happen to be one of the NHL's best at drawing penalties. Entering Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers, the Flyers were averaging a league-high 17.2 penalty minutes per game.
April 15, 2013 |
BUFFALO - Though signs seem to point toward the Flyers buying out goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's contract after the season, team executives are still undecided on the issue. Teams can buy out as many as two players on June 30. They would be responsible for two-thirds of the remaining salary owed, but none of the money would count against the cap. Bryzgalov has been one of the Flyers' top players this season, but he has a cap-unfriendly contract that has seven more years. The Flyers absorb an annual cap hit of $5.67 million.
March 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Minus two key defensemen, the Flyers were still a "plus" on Sunday night, defeating the Washington Capitals, 1-0, at the red-clad Verizon Center, and putting together their first winning streak in nearly two months. Credit Ilya Bryzgalov, who was outstanding in the nets. Credit young left winger Eric Wellwood, who scored his second NHL goal after being recalled from the AHL's Phantoms the previous day. Credit coach Peter Laviolette, who has a knack for getting the Flyers to respond after his timeout.
February 16, 2012 |
Oh, to be a fly on the wall and to hear what Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said to his team after a dreadful opening period Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "It was not really pretty," Max Talbot said when asked what was said between periods. "We didn't come out like we wanted to. " But after falling into an early 2-0 hole, the Flyers scored seven unanswered goals - including two each by Talbot and Wayne Simmonds - en route to a much-needed 7-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
May 6, 2012 |
By the looks of Saturday's practice, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will return to the lineup for Game 4 on Sunday night in Newark. By the sounds of it, Meszaros himself isn't even sure he is ready. The final call may not actually be up to Meszaros, as the Flyers could try to press him into action for the first time since he underwent lower-back surgery March 21 to remove a disk fracture. It wouldn't be the first time, especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs. "You want to help the team, but on the other hand, you don't want to overdo it," Meszaros said.
March 4, 2012 |
Versatile left winger Eric Wellwood, who had a goal, two assists, and a plus-6 rating in five earlier games with the Flyers, was recalled from the Phantoms and rejoined the big-league club on Saturday. "He's smart, plays with speed, and is a good checker," coach Peter Laviolette said after Saturday's practice in Voorhees. "Every time he's been up here, he's done a nice job for us. " This is the fourth time Wellwood has been recalled this season. "I'll do it any day," said a smiling Wellwood, referring to the long car ride from Adirondack to rejoin the Flyers.
September 29, 2012 |
Representatives of the NHL and the players association met at the league's New York City headquarters on Friday, trying to find some common ground that will lead to a new collective-bargaining agreement and an end to the lockout. But while the sides did not discuss the core economic issues, they made some contentious comments after the meeting. "You can meet all you want, but you can't make them talk about what they don't want to talk about," Bill Daly, one of the league's negotiators, told reporters.
March 25, 2012 |
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson had a car waiting for him after the Adirondack Phantoms' 1-0 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night. The ride to Philadelphia is a familiar one for the 23-year-old defenseman, who was recalled to the Flyers before Saturday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Montreal Canadiens. Earlier this season, Gustafsson missed a little more than two months after undergoing wrist surgery. Since then he has been recalled three times by the Flyers, and the drill never gets old. "You get happy every time you get the call coming up and it is a confidence booster every time," Gustafsson said before the game.
March 21, 2012 |
The players on the Flyers' (black and) blue line got a lot bigger - and more experienced - on Tuesday night against Florida. In: Veterans Pavel Kubina (6-foot-4, 258 pounds) and Andreas Lilja (6-3, 220). Out: Rookies Erik Gustafsson (5-10, 180) and Brandon Manning (6-1, 195). The Flyers went for size over speed on defense as they tried to continue their domination of the Panthers. Kubina and Lilja returned from injuries; Gustafsson and Manning were sent to the AHL's Phantoms on Tuesday.