June 27, 2015 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Flyers, who have missed the playoffs twice in the last three years and haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1975, will open their 49th season Oct. 8 at Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay. The Lightning's defense includes former Flyers Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle. The Flyers released their schedule Thursday. They will play their first home game Oct. 12 against Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers. On Oct. 14, the Flyers will host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, who will make their lone Wells Fargo Center appearance of the season.
April 28, 2015 |
The most underrated candidate to become the Flyers' next head coach has never had an NHL team finish better than third in its division, has coached in the postseason once over his seven years in the league, and was fired on the day after Christmas. At first glance, Peter DeBoer's resumé doesn't seem worthy of a spot near the top of the stack on Ron Hextall's desk, as if DeBoer were a second-class contender compared to the bigger names who have or might yet become available: Mike Babcock, Claude Julien, Todd McLellan.
February 7, 2015 |
Evander Kane, the speedy but enigmatic Winnipeg left winger who has drawn trade attention from the Flyers in recent seasons, could be on the block after his latest controversy with the Jets. If healthy, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Kane would fit nicely on the Flyers' top line, alongside all-stars Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. He was placed on the injured reserve list Thursday and will miss at least the next two games with an undisclosed injury. On Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver, Kane was a healthy scratch because he wore a track suit to a team meeting instead of a suit, a violation of the club's dress code, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
February 6, 2015 |
FORMER FLYERS president Peter Luukko, who abruptly resigned 14 months ago, is moving south to join the NHL's Florida Panthers as an executive chairman, the Daily News learned yesterday. Seeking an executive with both a hockey and business acumen, the South Florida franchise was recommended to Luukko by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. His official title is still being determined, but Luukko is expected to work alongside current Panthers president and CEO Rory A. Babich. An announcement is expected to come today, the Miami Herald reported.
December 19, 2014 |
IT HAS come to this for the Flyers: a seemingly must-win matchup tonight with the suddenly surging Florida Panthers, one week before Christmas, in a game that would have been a throwaway in seasons past. Except, this isn't last year for the Flyers. The hole to dig out of is even deeper. "It does feel different than last year," coach Craig Berube said. "It is different. There was a coaching change last year, changing a lot of things system-wise and things like that. It is different.
October 31, 2014 |
Steve Mason, benched the last three games while Ray Emery has excelled in the nets, is getting antsy, but he says he understands why he has been sitting. "It's getting boring just practicing," said Mason, one of eight players to participate in an optional skate Wednesday in Voorhees. "You work to play games, and I haven't played in a while, but that's something that's out of [my] control right now, and you can't argue when the team is doing well. You just have to bide your time and wait for it. " Coach Craig Berube strongly hinted that Emery (4-0-1, 2.44 GAA, .924 save percentage)
October 29, 2014 |
SHAYNE Gostisbehere will make his NHL debut tonight, the first step in determining his length of stay in Philadelphia. A permanent spot on the Flyers' roster is far from guaranteed - though an exceptional start could go a long way in convincing GM Ron Hextall he is ready for the bright lights. Before deciding on Gostisbehere last night, Hextall spent most of yesterday working the phones to try to acquire a veteran replacement for the injured Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald, both out for about a month.
June 29, 2014 |
For the second year in a row, the Flyers have selected a defenseman with their first pick in the NHL draft. With the draft at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time, new general manager Ron Hextall made 18-year-old defenseman Travis Sanheim the 17th overall pick Friday night. The draft will conclude Saturday with Rounds 2-7. Last year, the Flyers chose blueliner Sam Morin with the 11th pick of the first round. Sanheim was considered a late riser. Playing for Calgary of the Western Hockey League, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound defenseman had five goals and 24 assists in 67 games and a plus-25 rating.
June 20, 2014
Gord Murphy, who began his NHL career as a Flyers defenseman, is returning to the team as an assistant coach. John Paddock will not return as an assistant next season, general manager Ron Hextall said. Murphy, 47, has been an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played for the Flyers from 1988 to '92, when he was sent to Boston in a multiplayer trade. He also played with Atlanta and Florida in a career that lasted 14 seasons. "I really look forward to working with and mentoring the defensemen every day by having them continue to improve and get the Flyers to where we all want to be," said Murphy, who had 85 goals and 238 assists in 862 NHL games.
April 11, 2014 |
If any of those Flyers fans forever yearning for a multiskilled defenseman happened to see the brief sequence from Union College's East Regional final victory last month, it must have looked like an answered prayer. With his Dutchmen leading Providence, 1-0, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, the Flyers' third pick in the 2012 draft, held the puck alongside his net. Patiently surveying the ice, he rocked slowly from side to side until spotting an open teammate more than half a rink away.