April 24, 2015 |
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.
April 19, 2015 |
WITH CRAIG BERUBE gone, who might man the Flyers' bench next? Since general manager Ron Hextall has clamored for a complete "culture change," it's a good bet the 19th coach of the Flyers has no previous ties to the organization. Here's a peek at a few qualified candidates: MIKE BABCOCK Age: 51 Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Playing career: Team captain at McGill University in Montreal NHL coaching record: 2 seasons in Anaheim, 10 seasons in Detroit; 527-285-19-119 (.627)
April 14, 2015 |
WHEN CRAIG BERUBE was tabbed to replace Peter Laviolette as the Flyers head coach in October of 2013, he vowed to make them a more responsible bunch, one that would compete hard every night, one that would never take a shift or a game off, one that would become more consistent. Now, as his second season and first full one as their coach has been completed, Berube's future as that coach may be determined by the execution of those principles, and not the way he imagined back on that day. Because the perception of the 2014-2015 Flyers is that they did not compete hard every night, that shifts and games were taken off, and that they were anything but consistent.
April 22, 2015 |
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.
February 2, 2012 |
Nashville, the NHL's hottest team with 10 wins in its last 11 games, will try to continue the Flyers' home struggles on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Once upon a time, opponents feared facing the Flyers in their South Philly rink, and it wasn't uncommon for foes to mysteriously come down with what was known as the "Philadelphia flu" because they knew a physical, punishing game was ahead of them. Not anymore. The Flyers have won just half of their 22 home games (11-7-4)
April 17, 2012 |
It was one timeout that Peter Laviolette, the master of such things, actually regretted. Never mind that Laviolette's team scored just 55 seconds after he whistled them together, providing a last-minute reminder for the pending five-on-three advantage the Flyers were about to enjoy. Game 3 against Pittsburgh was tied at that point Sunday afternoon. Danny Briere scored to make it 2-1. Less than four minutes later, Briere piled on to make it 3-1. The Flyers never looked back.
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.
November 1, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - As expected, Brandon Manning replaced highly touted Shayne Gostisbehere in the Flyers' ever-revolving defensive lineup Thursday night. After a slow start, Manning played well in the team's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, but he may not be playing too many games for the Flyers in the coming weeks. After the game, the Flyers announced they had signed 6-foot-1, 200-pound Carlo Colaiacovo, an unrestricted free agent. He played in 25 games with St. Louis last season, collecting four points and a minus-4 rating.
January 8, 2015 |
After taking part in pregame warm-ups, Flyers captain Claude Giroux decided he could be effective enough to play Tuesday against visiting Ottawa. Giroux, who began the night tied for fourth in the NHL with 43 points, centered a line with Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek. Earlier in the day, Giroux skated gingerly and did not take part in line rushes at the morning skate in Voorhees. Coach Craig Berube said that Giroux - who suffered a severe skate cut near his left ankle in a 2-1 loss to Carolina on Friday and missed the next game - had been cleared by doctors to play, but that it depended on his comfort level.