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.
April 18, 2014 |
THEY ARE HIM and he is them: that is the lesson of Ray Emery and the Flyers and the playoffs that are suddenly upon them. There are exceptions, yes, because the perfectly tidy narrative does not exist in hockey - except the one about the Flyers always having a goaltending issue in the playoffs. Oh, wait. Regardless, if you look back on the season, Emery's play seems to be largely a function of the play in front of him - not always, but more than with Steve Mason, the regular starter.
April 4, 2014 |
BY THE TIME Steve Mason shuffled to the bench for an extra attacker, thousands of empty burgundy seats checkered the backdrop of the Flyers' third loss in a row. Last night, the Wells Fargo Center might as well have been Columbus, or Florida, or any other struggling hockey market - fans streaming for the exits with minutes to play and no hope of another brilliant comeback. When the final horn blasted, signaling the merciful end of the Flyers' 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets, boos rained down from the few brave souls remaining.
February 26, 2014 |
First of two parts. SHERBROOKE, Quebec - Samuel Morin left Philadelphia in September and boarded a plane home to Quebec with a smile on his face. In two exhibition games with the Flyers, Morin played more minutes (45:36) than any player on the team. He assisted on Vinny Lecavalier's first-ever goal in a Flyers uniform. He signed his first professional contract, which could ultimately earn him up to $4.3 million if everything goes according to plan. Morin, 18, checked off all the goals on his list, capping off a wild summer that saw him drafted by the Flyers at 11th overall, higher than most if not all projections.
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.
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.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Luke Schenn heard the crunch and took off. Standing guard at the blue line, Schenn watched Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov pursue the puck in the corner. He couldn't believe the finish and fury with which Orlov pasted his younger brother, Brayden, against the boards face-first. It was a moment of revenge for Orlov, who was crushed by Brayden Schenn seconds earlier on the same shift. The intent was obvious. "I think seeing any hit like that on a teammate is tough, but when it's your little brother that's getting hit, I think you really get angry," Schenn said after the game.
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.