February 3, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Wayne Simmonds' transformation - from a checking-line winger with Los Angeles to one of the NHL's most productive players recently with the Flyers - is what general manager Paul Holmgren foresaw when he made the stunning deal with the Kings in 2011. Holmgren has made his share of questionable moves in recent years, with the trade that sent James van Riemsdyk to Toronto for Luke Schenn at the top of the forgettable list. But he got it right when he acquired Simmonds and the blossoming Brayden Schenn for captain Mike Richards.
December 22, 2013 |
MENACING as ever, Jody Shelley created a stir in warmups on Thursday night. He wasn't even wearing equipment. Shelley was standing in between the benches, where his two worlds - past and present - collided in South Philadelphia. Skating in circles on his right were the Blue Jackets, the franchise that now employs him, with which he spent 5 1/2 magical seasons of his career. To his left, 18 of his Flyers teammates from last season - his final as an active player - were firing pucks.
December 6, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nick Pryor has heard all the jokes. They are good-natured - the product of spending hour after hour, night after cold Minnesota night at the rink and on the road with his father, Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor. "People tell me all the time I've been a scout since I was 5 years old," Nick Pryor said. "Watching hockey is really the only thing I've ever known. " He just didn't believe this would be him. Not this soon, anyway. Whenever he walked through the doors of a rink, he was always Nick Pryor the hockey player.
November 6, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Hal Gill first heard the jokes as a freshman at Providence College in 1993. At 6-7, there was no way the Concord, Mass., native would be able to keep up with speedy Division I athletes from perennial power Boston University. Gill heard the critics chirp again as a 22-year-old NHL rookie in 1997 with the hometown Boston Bruins. The cracks and the digs have continued annually, but after 1,103 career games, a Stanley Cup ring and millions of dollars, Gill is the only one still laughing.
October 3, 2013 |
EXACTLY 4 YEARS ago, Ray Emery was gearing up for his first start in a Flyers uniform. Emery, then 27, carried the Flyers to a 2-0 shutout that night in Raleigh, N.C., against the Hurricanes. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers, John Stevens was the head coach, and James van Riemsdyk collected his first NHL point. On the other bench, Michael Leighton backed up Cam Ward - it was roughly 2 months and one waiver transaction prior to Leighton starting in the Winter Classic for the Flyers.
July 8, 2013 |
OVER THE last 5 years, Paul Holmgren has handed out $269.7 million of Ed Snider's dollars to five players. Three players, Jeff Carter ($58 million), Mike Richards ($69 million) and James van Riemsdyk ($25.5 million), were traded for one reason or another. One, Ilya Bryzgalov ($51 million), did not meet expectations. Bryzgalov's mistake was wiped from the books at a cost of $23 million over the next 14 years. Flyers captain Claude Giroux was the latest to sign one of those megadeals, scribbling his name yesterday to finalize an 8-year deal worth $66.2 million.
May 13, 2013 |
The Flyers need help. They missed the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 years, and their offseason wish list figures to include a productive winger and a top defenseman. In other words, they will try to add players similar to those they have traded - or lost in free agency - in recent years. Here is a team of former Flyers and how they compare to this season's team. The ex-Flyers get the edge on offense and at goalie. The defenses are fairly even, though they are difficult to compare because of the Flyers' injuries on the blue line this season.
March 16, 2013 |
General manager Paul Holmgren said he was not considering a coaching change, and he criticized the Flyers' "compete" level during an impromptu news conference at the team's practice facility in Voorhees on Thursday. At first, Holmgren gave coach Peter Laviolette a seemingly lukewarm endorsement. Asked if Laviolette was on the hot seat, Holmgren said, "I don't think so. " Holmgren later added: "I haven't even thought about" making a coaching change, and he was "not at the point" of consummating a major trade.
March 8, 2013 |
DOCTORS ARE optimistic that New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will recover fully after being struck in the eye by a deflected puck. Staal was injured Tuesday night in the third period of New York's 4-2 victory over the Flyers. The 26-year-old defenseman will be sidelined indefinitely, but was already showing improvement on Wednesday, the Rangers said in a statement. Staal's specific injury hasn't been disclosed. "Marc Staal was examined today in New York by Dr. Mark Fromer, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, maxillofacial surgeon," the statement said.
March 4, 2013 |
Even though his Flyers have not been over .500 this season and have had their share of major injuries, head coach Peter Laviolette has remained upbeat. Laviolette playfully chided reporters Thursday for their negative questions and wondered why he couldn't get some positive energy at his daily news conferences. Well, out of respect to the coach's Dr. Norman Vincent Peale plea, here are some positive observations you may not have known about the Flyers: The Flyers have won their last two road games.