May 22, 2012 |
The Flyers signed two prospects - forwards Derek Mathers and Andrew Johnston - to entry-level deals on Monday. Mathers, 18, was the Flyers' last draft pick in 2011, 206th overall in the sixth round. He collected an astounding 348 penalty minutes over the last two seasons, including 49 fighting majors, with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-3 bruiser added two more fights in nine games with the AHL's Phantoms this spring on an amateur tryout contract once his OHL season was finished.
April 27, 2012
For the fifth-seeded Flyers, the wait is over. They learned late Thursday night they will face sixth-seeded New Jersey in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers will have home-ice advantage in the series, which starts Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. During the regular season, the teams split the six games, with each winning twice on the road. Ilya Bryzgalov was 3-0 with a 0.29 goals-against decision and .987 save percentage - and two shutouts - against the Devils this season.
June 26, 2014 |
RON HEXTALL made his first statement as the new Flyers general manager this week and this is what the trade of Scott Hartnell said: This thing is a bigger crow's nest than a novice's fishing reel, and it's going to take me a while to get out all the knots. Oh, he talked again yesterday about R.J. Umberger adding a little speed and versatility to a lineup that keeps losing, not adding, goal-scorers. He even said he wasn't wary of picking up a 32-year-old player who had fallen even more out of favor in Columbus than Hartnell had here because "R.J.
May 2, 2012
Players to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell The Flyers' leading scorer through the regular season with 37 goals has just two tallies in seven playoff games this spring. Hartnell's tireless work in the helped produce Claude Giroux's 15-point run, but it's time for Hartnell to get back on the score sheet. DEVILS: Ilya Kovalchuk He was held without a shot in Game 1 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2011. Kovalchuk was not available to meet the media on Monday.
January 11, 2013 |
THE NHL is not expected to release a full schedule until the players ratify the new collective bargaining agreement. A simple majority vote is required of the NHLPA's 740 members. Voting began Thursday evening and will wrap up on Saturday. The Flyers officially will open a 6-day training camp on Sunday with physicals. It remains unclear as to whether the team will also practice on-ice that day. The home opener will be next Saturday at 3 o'clock against Pittsburgh, as previously reported.
April 14, 2014 |
EVEN AFTER 80 games, the Flyers' playoff picture remains ridiculously convoluted. Just about the only things we know are that the Flyers have clinched a berth - and that they will be opening on the road. Where? Your guess is as good as anyone. There are still 270 possible outcomes to determine the Flyers' first-round opponent. Out of those 270, approximately 105 scenarios have them opening at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The rest are split: 83 for Pittsburgh and 82 for Boston.
May 7, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Midway through the third period, with the Devils sitting on a comfortable lead that the Flyers barely threatened, the Prudential Center staff played a video montage of Rocky's most painful beatdowns. Unlike their favorite mythical character, Philadelphia's hockey team appears to be down for the count. Thanks to a late second-period goal by Dainius Zubrus, the Devils now have the Flyers on the ropes after a 4-2 win in Game 4 that was one of the most lopsided, yet deceivingly close, games of the season.
August 10, 2012 |
ONE DAY after losing defenseman Andrej Meszaros to a possible season-ending injury, the Flyers locked up one candidate to replace him in the lineup. The Flyers announced Wednesday that they have signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multiyear contract extension, in addition to signing first-round pick Scott Laughton to a 3-year entry-level deal. Bourdon, 22, appeared in 45 games for the Flyers last season. He was a restricted free agent this summer, after earning a prorated share of his $875,000 contract last season.
April 8, 2014 |
ZAC RINALDO is a valuable player for the Flyers, his reputation to the contrary. When he is good - drawing penalties, creating hesitancy - they are usually good as well. Not to put too fine a point on this - he is usually a fourth-line guy, after all, and the minutes will never be big - but if the Flyers are to make a serious run this spring, Rinaldo could potentially play a meaningful part in it. But then games like last night's happen - and, well, now what? With the playoffs still not clinched and only four games remaining in the season, what do they do about Zac?
April 30, 2011 |
FORWARDS Flyers: It is impossible to overestimate how much the Flyers miss having Jeff Carter - their leading goal scorer in the regular season. Still, the Flyers have plenty of depth to outlast the Bruins. Against Buffalo, Ville Leino netted three goals, including one game-winner in OT, but had a relatively quiet series along with Scott Hartnell (four points). The Flyers scored 22 goals against Buffalo and 10 of them came from Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk.