December 13, 2012 |
Face it. Most of us only do things when faced with a deadline. For the NHL and the players union - which will resume talks, with federal mediators by their sides, on Wednesday - that deadline is almost upon them. From here, the sides have just two weeks, maximum, to get a deal done. Why two weeks? Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, says teams need to play at least a 48-game season to protect the game's supposed integrity. (The game's integrity has disappeared because of the third work stoppage under Bettman, but that's another story.)
June 30, 2012 |
The Flyers on Friday welcomed back a former player and a former coach to serve in different roles next season. Recently retired Ian Laperriere, who recorded 20 points for the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, will serve as the team's director of player development, and former head coach Terry Murray will return to the Flyers as the head coach of the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms. Laperriere, 38, played in 1,038 games over 16 NHL seasons, recording 336 points. Because of post-concussion dyndrome, he didn't appear in an NHL game after the Flyers lost in the playoffs in 2010, but didn't officially retire until two weeks ago. "It's a job that suits me well," Laperriere said in a statement.
June 1, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. — Dainius Zubrus is 15 years removed from his first trip to the Stanley Cup finals, though he still feels the pain and heartache from that sweep in Detroit. He can recite the Flyers' route to the finals that spring, knocking off Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the Rangers in succession on their way to the Red Wings. He still gushes about beating the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals as a star-struck 18-year-old, just as his Devils did this year. "Mark Messier was there, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Richter, the list goes on and on," Zubrus said of that New York team the Flyers defeated in five games.
April 8, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - To paraphrase a certain Russian goalie, the Flyers' regular season was a six-month journey through the humongous big schedule, and it produced more highlights than lowlights, more thrills than spills. Here is a look at some of the best and worst: Biggest surprise: Scott Hartnell went from a laughingstock for his falls to an all-star. From someone most fans wanted traded to one of the league's best power forwards. Hartnell began the season on the third line with rookies Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
March 6, 2012
PETE ROSE, Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Doug Collins, Andrew Toney and Eric Allen highlight this year's ballot for the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. The ballot for the ninth annual induction class is in the hands of the Hall's voting panel, which includes more than 220 participants. The Hall's ballot committee has nominated 37 people in 15 sports. The Class IX Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Society Hill Sheraton. The ballot is divided into those whose careers primarily occurred more than 50 years ago (Heritage Nominees)
January 3, 2012
PAT YOURSELVES on the back, Philly. Tear your rotator if you have to. So it wasn't perfect, so your team didn't get the necessary two points in Game 37 of the 82-game regular season against the hated division rivals, so they blew a two-goal lead in front of 46,967, tainting this snow-globed day ever so slightly. That's not what we will remember tomorrow, a week from now, and certainly in the years to come. We will remember Bernie Parent stymieing Ron Duguay, and we will forever think of Duguay more fondly than we ever did when he was a player.
January 1, 2012 |
Bob Clarke could not contain his emotions. It had nothing to do with the Flyers' 3-1 win over the New York Rangers in Saturday's Winter Classic alumni game at Citizens Bank Park. It had everything to do with the loud, sellout crowd that chanted and celebrated seeing Flyers players from every decade of the franchise's existence. Clarke, the onetime star who is now the Flyers senior vice president, was dumbfounded by the crowd's response and became teary-eyed when he talked about it. "You couldn't imagine something like this for an alumni game," he said.
January 1, 2012 |
Visit our special Winter Classic section of Philly.com, with exclusive multimedia, video, photos and everything you need to enjoy the game: www.philly.com/winterclassic Along with a chance to appreciate hockey nostalgia at its highest, one of the most remarkable aspects of the alumni game between the Flyers and New York Rangers was the renewed appreciation fans displayed for Eric Lindros. It could be argued that Lindros drew the loudest pregame ovation on the applause meter from the crowd of 45,808 as the Flyers alumni defeated the New York Rangers, 3-1, Saturday at an emotion-filled Citizens Bank Park.
December 31, 2011 |
Thirty-two years after his Hall-of-Fame career ended, white-haired Bernie Parent pitched another shutout on Saturday. In a 5 minute, 32-second stint in which he stopped all six shots he faced - including one on Ron Duguay's breakaway - the 66-year-old Parent was a showstopper at the Winter Classic alumni game against the New York Rangers at electric Citizens Bank Park, sparking the Flyers' 3-1 victory. As he skated off the ice after his crowd-hugging appearance, chants of "Bernie, Bernie, Bernie" echoed around the sold-out, orange-clad ballpark.