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March 12, 2011 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
STANDING BEHIND a curtain in the hallway adjacent to the Flyers' locker room, Chris Pronger and Claude Giroux stood nose-to-nose in a heated verbal exchange after Tuesday night's win over Edmonton. It ended with Pronger saying, "Some people just don't learn," as he walked away. Whether Pronger was referring to Giroux, or not, is unknown. But Pronger and the rest of his teammates - to a man - were frustrated with the Flyers' sudden penchant for juicy turnovers in their defensive zone.
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December 19, 2014 | BY FRANK ERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
STEVE MASON tomahawked his stick over the bench on his way off the ice, splintering it into pieces in pure frustration. Florida's Dave Bolland slipped a puck through his five-hole seconds earlier to hand the Flyers their 10th consecutive shootout loss. Even stopping five out of seven Panthers shooters in the breakaway competition wasn't good enough, given his teammates' brain scramble at the other end of the ice. The lost extracurricular point was the most tangible example of one of many games-within-the-game last night, with Mason's anger seeping through in his words for more than 5 minutes.
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March 31, 2015 | Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
RON HEXTALL remains as a tight-lipped as ever about his vision for the Flyers. He did, however, let one little tease slip last week at a "town hall" style meeting with season-ticketholders, when asked if he could quickly retool the Flyers into a playoff team this summer. "You can plan all you want," Hextall told one group, "but someone else has to buy what you're selling. " You'd have to think the quickest way to reshape the Flyers is to "sell" some of the defensemen on the roster this summer to make room for younger players.
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May 12, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TODAY MARKS Day 25 of the Flyers' tight-lipped head-coaching search. Little more information has leaked about the process, other than that No. 1 candidate Mike Babcock is now officially up for grabs. Here is where things stand with the two men the Flyers appear to be most interested in hiring: MIKE BABCOCK Age: 52 Record: 527-285-138 (.627); two seasons with Anaheim, 10 with Detroit. Playoff record: 82-62 (.589) Stanley Cup: 1 (2008) Status: Under contract with Detroit until June 30. Update: Granted permission by Detroit general manager Ken Holland to meet and discuss terms with prospective suitors until May 25. If Babcock decides to leave Detroit, his next team will owe the Red Wings one third-round pick of their choosing from among the 2015-17 drafts.
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April 21, 2011
Shutouts have been rare for the Flyers in the playoffs, but not against the Sabres this year. Consider: The 1-0 shutout Wednesday was the first time in franchise history that the Flyers have been shut out, 1-0, twice in the same series. The two shutouts are just the third and fourth 1-0 shutout losses in the playoffs in franchise history. The Flyers had not been shut out twice in a series since the 2002 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, when they were shut out in Games 2, 3 and 4 by Ottawa.
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April 10, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SEPTEMBER. That's the toughest time to make the Flyers, forward Ryan White was saying the other day. White, 27, has nearly 200 NHL games under his belt, but has only cracked an opening roster once in his career. At this level, it doesn't matter how many games you played in the previous season. Nick Cousins is now learning that lesson. Cousins watched Jason Akeson skate in all seven of the Flyers' Stanley Cup playoff games last spring. Akeson lasted just 12 quiet games this season before being shuttled back to the AHL. He isn't alone.
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November 25, 2008
FLYERS 4, STARS 3 SCORE BY PERIODSSHOTS ON GOAL Dallas. . . 1 2 0 - 0Dallas. . . 5 12 8 - 25 Flyers. . . 2 1 1 - 4Flyers. . . 14 4 7 - 25 SCORING First Period No. TeamPlayerAssistAssistTimeS-F 1. FlyersUpshall (3)Lupul (2)-3:170-1 2. StarsWilson (1)Sydor (2)-11:331-1 3. FlyersKnuble (9)Gagne (15)-16:001-2 Second Period 4. StarsModano (7)Eriksson (5)Parrish (2)2:302-2 5. FlyersCarter (15)Hartnell (6)-14:222-3 6. StarsModano (8)
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May 19, 2010 | by the Daily News
The Flyers have scored 13 unanswered goals in these playoffs. The last NHL team to do that was the Anaheim Ducks in 2006. This is the fourth time the Flyers have scored 10 or more unanswered goals in the playoffs: 13: 2010, Bruins & Canadiens 12: 1980, North Stars 11: 1987, Rangers & Islanders 10: 1974, Flames & Rangers  
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April 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER MONTHS of rumors, the NHL's second-hottest coaching commodity became a free agent yesterday. The San Jose Sharks and head coach Todd McLellan mutually agreed to "part ways," making him available to the 13 or so teams that could be looking for a new coach this summer. McLellan, 47, went a staggering 311-163-66 (.637) in seven seasons in San Jose. This is the first spring a McLellan-coached team is not participating in the playoffs (WHL, AHL or NHL) after 22 consecutive years on a bench.
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April 24, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Without being a participant, the Flyers are making progress in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That's because Chicago and surprising Detroit are leading their respective series. If both teams advance, it could help the Flyers get better picks in the next two drafts. The Flyers own Tampa Bay's first pick in the draft on June 26, a selection they acquired in the Braydon Coburn deal. Tampa Bay trails Detroit, two games to one, in their best-of-seven series. If the Lightning lose, they could fall as low as No. 22, and the Flyers would get that pick in the first round in addition to their own No. 7 selection.
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May 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MIKE BABCOCK promises this will all be over within a week. For the Flyers, the prospects of landing their No. 1 head-coaching candidate must seem at least a little dull, considering the optics of a 25-minute interview with TSN's Darren Dreger on Friday. Babcock thoughtfully answered every question, but the NHL's most sought after free-agent coach in history did so while sitting next to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland in a hotel room in Prague, where the two are scouting the World Championships.
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May 15, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
As far as the Flyers are concerned, the playoffs have produced mixed results regarding some of their future draft picks. The good news: The Flyers have benefited from Chicago's reaching the Western Conference finals. The bad news: The draft pick the Flyers acquired from Tampa Bay has been pushed to late in the first round because the Lightning have reached the Eastern Conference final. The Flyers own Tampa Bay's first pick in the June draft, a selection they acquired as part of the Braydon Coburn deal.
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May 12, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TODAY MARKS Day 25 of the Flyers' tight-lipped head-coaching search. Little more information has leaked about the process, other than that No. 1 candidate Mike Babcock is now officially up for grabs. Here is where things stand with the two men the Flyers appear to be most interested in hiring: MIKE BABCOCK Age: 52 Record: 527-285-138 (.627); two seasons with Anaheim, 10 with Detroit. Playoff record: 82-62 (.589) Stanley Cup: 1 (2008) Status: Under contract with Detroit until June 30. Update: Granted permission by Detroit general manager Ken Holland to meet and discuss terms with prospective suitors until May 25. If Babcock decides to leave Detroit, his next team will owe the Red Wings one third-round pick of their choosing from among the 2015-17 drafts.
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May 10, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER A WEEK of contemplation, Mike Babcock wants to see what's on the open market. And despite their interest in keeping Babcock on as head coach, the Detroit Red Wings will give him that opportunity. The Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak to interested parties beginning at noon yesterday, the team announced. His negotiation window with interested parties will extend through May 25. Babcock, 52, is hockey's most sought-after free agent this summer - including players.
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May 10, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Detroit Red Wings granted permission Friday for teams to talk to their highly coveted coach, Mike Babcock. A long line has started forming, and it stretches from Philadelphia to Edmonton. The Flyers, Toronto, Buffalo, New Jersey, and San Jose have coaching vacancies. Edmonton has an interim coach, and many other teams, such as Pittsburgh, Boston, and St. Louis, may get involved if they can lure Babcock. Babcock, 52, whose contract with the Red Wings expires June 30, is considered the No. 1 choice in a lot of cities.
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May 8, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
PLUG IN Sam Hinkie's name to the YouTube search bar and here are some of the top entries: "Sam Hinkie on Patience and Analytics"; "Sam Hinkie at the 2014 Draft Lottery"; And, my personal favorite, "Who is Sam Hinkie?" Plug in Chip Kelly's name to the YouTube search bar and you get an assortment of press conferences, play breakdowns and, as of yesterday, some ridiculous race-baiting from the mouth of LeSean McCoy. Plug in Ruben Amaro Jr. and there are even more press conferences, even one of him crying as he fired Charlie Manuel as manager in the summer of 2013.
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May 8, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
ONE YEAR ago today, Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren waltzed into the wood-paneled Hall of Fame room at Wells Fargo Center to announce the promotion of Ron Hextall to general manager. Three hundred and sixty-five days later, what have we learned? There has been the bizarre, like last month, when Hextall left head coach and friend Craig Berube dangling for two days before finally cutting him down. There has been the bungled, like on Feb. 26, when the Flyers skated by the $69 million salary cap with just $48,000 to spare, forcing Steve Mason into the lineup and eventually into the net in Toronto after 60 percent of the meniscus in his right knee was removed 16 days earlier.
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May 6, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
If Craig Button's ability to predict the future is to be trusted, the Flyers and their general manager, Ron Hextall, will face an interesting decision when it comes time for them to make the No. 7 overall pick in next month's NHL draft. Button used to the GM of the Calgary Flames, and he's the director of scouting for TSN, Canada's answer to ESPN. He knows his stuff, and according to his latest mock draft, the Flyers will have the opportunity to select an 18-year-old defenseman named Ivan Provorov, who spent the 2014-15 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.
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May 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider thinks Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is misunderstood. Yes, the Flyers are retooling and have a lot of work before they can become one of the NHL's elite. But that doesn't mean they won't be a relevant team next season, Snider insisted on Friday. Snider told the Daily News late in the season that he felt the Flyers could develop young players and still make a Stanley Cup run in the future. He stands by those sentiments. "People were misinterpreting Ron Hextall's words," said Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor.
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May 3, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MIKE BABCOCK didn't hesitate. Addressing reporters in Detroit yesterday for the first time since his Red Wings were eliminated by Braydon Coburn and Tampa Bay on Wednesday night in Game 7 of their first-round NHL playoff series, Babcock said he struggled on Thursday. "The worst day I've had coaching in Detroit, period, in my 10 years here was [Thursday], bar none," Babcock said. "So was that because I thought in my heart we were going to win that series and that we should still be playing?
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