January 8, 2013 |
It was an unofficial practice because the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement still has to be signed, but the Flyers who skated in Voorhees on Monday seemed to have some extra zip during the one-hour session. It had everything to do with the tentative agreement that was forged between the league and the players' union on Sunday, ending the 113-day lockout. "It's been a long four months," said defensemen Kimmo Timonen, one of five Flyers who practiced Monday. "You kind of have to try to be in shape just in case this happens.
May 1, 2012 |
Danny Briere's flair for postseason heroics, and James van Riemsdyk's rekindling his playoff magic from last season were the main stories in the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon. But several little things contributed mightily to the opening-game victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. Things such as rookie Eric Wellwood's using his speed to draw two New Jersey penalties. Or the Flyers winning 55 percent of the faceoffs, including Claude Giroux taking 13 of his last 19 draws - after going just 1 for 6 during his team's awful first period.
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.
November 5, 2011
Flyers Notes Chris Pronger is getting close to returning to the Flyers' lineup. For the first time since he injured his right eye Oct. 24, Pronger took part in drills during Friday's optional practice in Voorhees. Wearing a visor, he was on the ice with six other players. The Flyers have gone 2-2-1 in the five full games Pronger has missed since getting hit with an inadvertent stick by Toronto's Mikhail Grabovsky. General manager Paul Holmgren said Pronger will miss Saturday night's game against visiting Columbus, but he didn't rule out the possibility of his star defenseman playing Wednesday against Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pronger will take part in Saturday's morning skate.
February 17, 2012 |
For the Flyers, clearing the crease and slot has been a major problem in the last month, so on Thursday they made a deal they hope will help solve those woes. They acquired Dallas defenseman Nicklas Grossman, a rugged 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, for second- and third-round draft picks. The second-round 2012 pick was acquired from Los Angeles in the Mike Richards trade, and the 2013 third-rounder came from Minnesota for Darroll Powe. "He's really going to give us a boost in our own zone," said general manager Paul Holmgren, adding that Grossman figures to be used on a regular shift and on the penalty kill.
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.
April 23, 2012
MARCH YOUR Penguins back home, Pittsburgh, and from your series loss to Philadelphia, take this lesson: Flightless birds shouldn't puck with the Flyers. From Claude Giroux's first goal just 32 seconds into the game to Brayden Schenn's final tally just seconds from the end, the orange and black clicked like clockwork on Sunday, even if the old ultraviolence seen earlier in the series was lacking. Flyers fans at the Wells Fargo Center worked like a well-oiled machine, too - pulsing in unison, chanting as one and blowing their lids when the team finally secured the opening round of the Eastern Conference in Game 6. "I am awesome!"
September 28, 2012 |
Driving from his home in Maine to South Jersey earlier this week, Terry Murray noted a strange coincidence involving the NHL's latest labor dispute. "Three times there's been a lockout - and all three times I've been with the Flyers when it happened," said Murray, who is getting ready to start his first year as head coach of Philadelphia's top minor-league affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. This lockout will benefit Murray and all the AHL teams, because they will have an influx of NHL talent.
January 11, 2013 |
MATT READ waddled off the ice and into the Flyers dressing room on Thursday and snuck over to his stall in the only quiet corner. It's a space usually reserved for the Flyers' unnoticed players, with his locker located next to Zac Rinaldo and Eric Wellwood. There, it would be easy to forget that the player unlacing his skates led all rookies in goals last season, topping rookie of the year Gabriel Landeskog and burgeoning Oilers star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Read, 26, was one of only two rookies to break the 20-goal pleateau, finishing with 24 - nearly 10 percent of the Flyers' entire total (264)
February 18, 2012 |
The Flyers have reportedly acquired their second defenseman in three days. Pavel Kubina, the righthanded shooting defenseman from the Tampa Bay Lightning, was acquired by the Flyers on Saturday evening for two draft picks. As of Saturday evening the Flyers hadn't confirmed the news, first reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN. One reason the Flyers likely aren't making any comment that they could be awaiting league approval. In addition, the Flyers must make corresponding moves to get under the NHL's salary cap. The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Kubina is in the final year of a two-year $7.7 million contract that has a cap hit of $3.85 million this season, according to Capgeek.com.