March 23, 2014 |
The Flyers agreed to terms with defenseman Robert Hagg, their second-round pick last June, to an entry-level contract Friday, and there are indications they are in the hunt for free-agent defenseman Christian Folin of UMass-Lowell. Hagg, 19, who was the youngest regular defenseman in the Sweden Hockey League, will report to the Phantoms on Tuesday, and his three-year entry-level deal will start next season. If Kimmo Timonen retires, Hagg could be in the discussion for a spot with the Flyers next season - though he likely will need a full year of AHL seasoning.
September 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Flyers got closer to the 23-player limit by sending left winger Michael Raffl and defenseman Oliver Lauridsen to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms on Friday. The moves left the team with 25 players in training camp. Raffl's demotion was a bit surprising because the Austrian had impressed the Flyers' brass during the preseason. The 24-year-old forward was trying to make a gargantuan leap from a lower-level Sweden league to the NHL. In four preseason games, Raffl was scoreless but was one of the Flyers' most active forwards.
October 9, 2014 |
One day into Craig Berube's minor-league hockey career, John Paddock sat him down for the kind of cold-truth conversation that a coach sometimes has to have with a player on the margin. This was the fall of 1986, and Berube had been a point-per-game forward the previous two years in major juniors, a 6-foot, 205-pound left winger who was beginning to learn that he didn't have the requisite speed and skill to be the same kind of scorer for the Hershey Bears, then the Flyers' affiliate in the American Hockey League - let alone in the NHL. "I was in between, thinking I could play a little bit, not knowing what I was going to do," Berube, now the Flyers head coach, said in an interview last week.
May 31, 2014 |
Ed Snider, who brought hockey to Philadelphia in 1967 as founder of the Flyers, is battling an unspecified cancer and completed chemotherapy this week, according to several sources. "He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said. The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy. " Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said.
September 28, 2014 |
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, is a big, small town. The type of town where everyone knows everyone - even more so among the small fraternity of hockey players from the prairie lucky enough to make it to the NHL. Journeyman forward Blair Jones is 3 years older than Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, a bit older still than Brayden Schenn. Their paths never would have crossed in minor hockey circuits or junior hockey. But when Jones signed with the Flyers after the free-agency period opened on July 1, his phone lit up with text messages from the Saskatoon connection.
October 27, 2009
Who: Flyers (5-3-1) at Washington Capitals (6-2-2) When: 7:05 Where: MCI Center, Washington TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: WIP (610-AM)
May 1, 2012 |
Good news for Flyers fans: The Orange and Black can take off a full period and still win a playoff game. Credit their irrepressible attack. Credit the fact that New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur is showing his age. Credit their legs for regaining some spring after six days off between games. "We probably were not in a game mode. Probably was in practice mode," Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said about his team's clunker of a first period, which they overcame in a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Devils on Sunday at the percolating Wells Fargo Center.
March 24, 2013
When: Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SN, 93.3 FM) Records: Flyers (13-16-1, 27 points, 12th place Eastern Conference); Penguins (24-8, 48 points, first place) At stake: The Flyers enter as losers of five of their last eight games and are five points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. The Penguins have an 11-game winning streak. . . . Eight of the Flyers' 18 remaining regular-season games are against teams between eighth and 13th place. A good record - say, 6-2 in that stretch - could make up ground quickly.
March 11, 2012 |
TORONTO - Thanks to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's revival, most of the attention lately has revolved around the Flyers' improved defense. Rightfully so. The Flyers, despite numerous injuries to defensemen, began Saturday having allowed a total of six goals in their last five games. That's their best five-game stretch of the season. Byzgalov has his groove on. The defense, even though shorthanded, has made strides. And the offense has been the most productive in the NHL. Put it all together and - dare we say it?
June 21, 2013 |
TRAINING WITH a few of his teammates at the Flyers' practice facility over the last few weeks, no one approached Danny Briere and asked about his future plans or the upcoming season. It had been a topic in the media well before the curtain closed on the Flyers' miserable season. "It was kind of the elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about," Briere said. "The hockey world - it's a small world. I've seen all the rumors. Reality was, it was going to happen. It's a sad day that it's finally official.