January 13, 2013
From Frequent Flyers, the Daily News' Flyers blog: Flyers forward Tom Sestito enjoyed his time playing in England during the lockout. Except, you know, for the inedible food . . . and the fact that he came down with a case of the mumps. "They did the blood work and I ended up with a disease from the 1930s. I felt like I was on the Oregon Trail," Sestito said, laughing it off on Friday. "Turns out, a teammate's wife had it. I was already back in the U.S. for 6 days. I woke up one morning, my glands were all swollen, and I looked like 'Hitch.' [Will Smith in movie of the same name, not former coach Ken Hitchcock]
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.
January 20, 2013 |
Rookie Scott Laughton is sticking with the Flyers. As expected, the Flyers kept Laughton - the team's first-round pick last June - on their Opening Day 23-man, thanks to extra roster space provided by Danny Briere's wrist injury. According to reports, Laughton will be one of 10 junior players to make the Opening Day cut. Seven other underage players were sent back to their junior teams earlier in the week. "With Danny's situation being as it is, it just gives us a few days to give him a bit longer look," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.
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.
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 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.
September 16, 2012 |
For the Flyers, there is a sliver of good news if the NHL lockout lasts for a significant amount of time: Several of their promising young players will get a chance to stay sharp by playing for their American Hockey League affiliate. Players who are exempt from waivers can be sent to the AHL, and Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Zac Rinaldo, and Eric Wellwood were among the Flyers assigned to the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday night. In addition, defenseman Danny Syvret and forward Matt Ford cleared waivers Friday and will attend the Phantoms' camp - which starts Sept.
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.