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.
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)
January 18, 2013 |
With the season opener just two days away, the Flyers' lines and defensive pairings are coming into focus. That's not an easy task when roster and lineup decisions have to be made without any exhibition games. "Right now, we're just evaluating them in practice, and that's all we've got," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said after the fourth day of training camp Wednesday in Voorhees. As for the young players battling for spots - such as Scott Laughton, and Eric Wellwood - Laviolette said his decisions would be influenced by what he observed while scouting junior and AHL games during the 113-day lockout.
March 20, 2012 |
The Wells Fargo Center had all the electricity of a neighborhood funeral parlor for most of Tuesday's matchup against upstart Florida on Tuesday night. There were lots of empty red seats. Lots of sleepy play by the home team early in the game. Lots of missed Flyers chances on the power play. The Flyers, who two days earlier scored an epic overtime win with less than a second left, dropped a 2-1 decision to Florida before an announced sellout crowd. (Wink, wink.) The Flyers lost despite outshooting the Panthers, 36-13, and their season-best, five-game home winning streak came to an end. Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen made several saves in the closing seconds to hold off a Flyers flurry.
January 21, 2013 |
Andrej Meszaros, whose health is one of the keys to the Flyers defense this season, passed his first test in Saturday's season-opening, 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Actually, I felt better than I thought I would feel, so that's a good sign," Meszaros said. "Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how I felt because we lost. " Meszaros had offseason Achilles ligament surgery, and the Flyers weren't sure until Saturday whether he would play in the opener. Used on the third pairing with newcomer Kurtis Foster, Meszaros logged 19 minutes, 54 seconds - Kimmo Timonen (23:52)
September 25, 2011 |
Matt Read is making an impact in his first NHL training camp. Fact is, the 25-year-old rookie forward has played so well that it would be surprising if he didn't make the Flyers. Displaying great speed and being strong on the puck, Read has resembled the player who was so effective in a brief AHL stint late last season, when he had seven goals and six assists in 11 games with the Adirondack Phantoms. That look-see, Read said, helped prepare him for camp. "With those 11 games, I had to learn and adjust to the speed of the game," he said.
September 16, 2012 |
The NHL, despite a record $3.3 billion in revenue last season, locked out its players at midnight Saturday. This lockout follows the one in 2004-05, when the season was canceled, and would be the third since Gary Bettman was named the commissioner in 1993. "Nobody wants to make a deal and play hockey more than I do," Bettman said during a news conference Thursday in New York. "This is what I do. This is what my life is about in terms of how I spend most of my waking hours. This is really hard.
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 9, 2012 |
A 40-year-old winger coming off an injury in his previous game is not supposed to make a quick recovery. Then again, the Flyers' Jaromir Jagr is not your typical 40-year-old. On Wednesday, general manager Paul Holmgren said he didn't expect Jagr to play Thursday because of a hip injury suffered against Detroit Tuesday. But Jagr, a future Hall of Famer, was in the lineup against visiting Florida on Thursday. Because the Flyers didn't want him to overdo it, he began the night on the fourth line with Eric Wellwood and Jody Shelley.