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.
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)
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.
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!"
February 19, 2012 |
The Flyers have 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 and minor-league center Jon Kalinski. 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. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Flyers have a little more than $900,000 in salary cap space after sending Marc-Andre Bourdon down to the Phantoms.
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.
February 22, 2012 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov hurt his glove hand while making a save during the morning skate, but X-rays found no problems and he was able to start Tuesday night's game in Winnipeg. Bryzgalov left the ice when the puck struck his hand, which became red. Later, he was back in the net and serenaded with mocking Illllllyaaaaaa chants by Winnipeg fans. They are still upset about the negative comments Bryzgalov made about their city when it appeared that his former team, Phoenix, might move to Winnipeg.