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.
September 12, 2012 |
Representatives for NHL players and owners have not had formal negotiations since Aug. 31, leaving a sense of doom around the league that a lockout is inevitable. Owners say they will lock out the players if a new collective-bargaining agreement isn't in place by late Saturday night. "There's not much to be optimistic about; they're not even talking," Flyers center Danny Briere said after working out at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Tuesday morning and then taking part in the team's charity golf tournament at Trump National in Pine Hill.
September 9, 2012 |
If there is an NHL lockout, the Flyers may send a handful of their young players to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms to start the season. Players who are exempt from waivers could be sent down, and that list features Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Eric Wellwood, and Zac Rinaldo, general manager Paul Holmgren said on Friday. The Flyers would have to loan the players to the minors before the possible Sept. 15 lockout. The Phantoms will report to camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Sept.
July 9, 2012 |
Publicly, the Flyers brass is all smiles about their work so far this summer. But we wonder if they must feel like parents who have walked several blocks to an Ocean City beach, dragging an umbrella and chairs, three young kids, a well-stocked cooler, and all the essential toys - only to realize they left their beach tags at the house. In other words, it's been a frustrating week in Flyerdom, especially for the fans. But the Flyers aren't fazed by the fact they failed to hit a home run in free agency.
July 6, 2012 |
The Flyers, general manager Paul Holmgren said, "took a couple swings for the fences early in free agency" by making substantial offers to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Instead, they managed a bloop single Wednesday, signing two free agents - winger Ruslan Fedotenko, who is back for his second stint with the Flyers, and third-paring defenseman Bruno Gervais - who are useful but not dominating players. Known as "Rusty," Fedotenko, 33, signed a one-year deal for $1.75 million, while Gervais, 27, signed a two-year pact for $825,000 per season.
June 22, 2012 |
The Flyers regard center Nick Cousins - drafted in the third round last year with one of the picks acquired in the trade that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus - as their top prospect. But Cousins, who will turn 20 next month and is still filling out his 5-foot-10, 170-pound frame, will spend another year in junior and is probably three years away from reaching the NHL. So who are the young, up-and-coming players closest to helping the Flyers in the immediate future? Excluding those who spent more than 10 games with the team last season - including Marc-Andre Bourdon, Eric Wellwood, Erik Gustafsson, Tom Sestito, and Harry Zolnierczyk - here are 10 players who could get a call next season if they don't make the Flyers out of camp: 1. Ben Holstrom, center.
May 10, 2012 |
Claude Giroux's one-game suspension caused Flyers coach Peter Laviolette to tinker with his lines, a common occurrence in this Turnpike Series with the New Jersey Devils. With his team facing elimination Tuesday, Laviolette started the night with four different lines from the ones that he primarily used Sunday. The first-period lines: Matt Read centering Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr; Danny Briere centering Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek; Eric Wellwood centering James van Riemsdyk and Wayne Simmonds; and Sean Couturier centering Max Talbot and Zac Rinaldo.
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.
May 5, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Two nights after the Flyers' stunningly listless loss, coach Peter Laviolette wanted his team to be more physical, get more active on the forecheck, and spend more time at New Jersey's end on Thursday night. The Flyers, Laviolette said in a pregame news conference, were "out to right a wrong. " They didn't, but you couldn't blame the King of Spring. That would be diminutive center Danny Briere, who sent the game into overtime with his eighth goal in the playoffs, tops in the NHL, and had another dominating effort.
May 4, 2012
OK, EIGHT GAMES into this marathon of attrition, and what do we know about this playoff edition of the Flyers? I mean, really know for sure. The goalie has played good enough most of the time, spectacular some of the time and not-so-hot at other times. The kids have amazed at times and disappeared at times, and the leadership has been inspired some of the time and disappointing at others, like Tuesday night. A game like that wasn't supposed to ever happen again, remember? That was the embarrassed message that Flyers de facto captain Claude Giroux sent out after that 10-3 Game 4 loss against Pittsburgh, then backed it up with a solid effort in Game 5 and a spectacular one in Game 6. And what did we learn then?