April 1, 1999 |
The word used by most NHL scouts to describe the Flyers' defensemen is suspect. Two players among the weak defensive corps have been the most suspect: Luke Richardson and Karl Dykhuis. Lately, Richardson and Dykhuis seem to be imploding. In the last 10 games, they have been on the ice for 11 goals and are a combined minus-11. When it comes to poor play, they have not been alone. Before he was injured, Eric Desjardins and his partner, Chris Therien, were a combined minus-19 over a 16-game span in which the Flyers won just once.
January 15, 1996 |
Chris Therien and Karl Dykhuis are two of a kind for the Flyers. Both are defensemen. Both are in their second full season in the NHL. And right now, both are struggling. The Flyers will enter tonight's game against the Dallas Stars at the Spectrum in dire need of a victory. While they haven't been the worst team in the league over the last four weeks, they are 0-1-3 in their last four games and have played far below the standard they set last season and earlier this season.
August 21, 1997 |
The Flyers got bigger, tougher and younger yesterday with a trade they hope brings them closer to winning the Stanley Cup. General manager Bob Clarke traded right wing Mikael Renberg and defenseman Karl Dykhuis to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Chris Gratton. Clarke made the trade to avoid the risk of losing Gratton, whom the Flyers had signed to a five-year, $16.5 million offer sheet. The Lightning could have kept him by matching the Flyers' offer to the restricted free agent.
October 8, 1999 |
Nobody is blaming this on John Vanbiesbrouck. As the Flyers' goalie said when asked about the team's goal drought, "I'm not a scorer," although when he left for an extra attacker late in last night's 2-0 loss to Carolina, the Beezer looked frustrated enough to contemplate taking a swipe at that puck himself. No, he is not a scorer, and, no, he is not to blame for the Flyers being 0-2 for the first time since 1995. And yet. The other team's goalie keeps pitching a shutout.
December 30, 1998 |
When Flyers equipment manager Jim "Turk" Evers heard the team had reacquired Karl Dykhuis from Tampa, he had one thought: black pants. The Lightning players wear black uniform pants. So when Dykhuis joined the Flyers in Calgary, he would have pants in his equipment bag that Evers could modify to look like Flyers uniform pants. Evers would just have to rip off the lightning-bolt stripe down the side. When the team is on the road, such details are important. Had Dykhuis been acquired from, say, a blue-pants team like the Islanders, Evers would have had to come up with an extra pair to fit him. The current road trip is the most hectic in recent memory for the Flyers, who only make two big Western swings each season.
June 3, 1997 |
Petr Svoboda is listed at 6-1, 190 pounds, and if that is accurate, his neck must account for at least 8 of the inches and 20 of the pounds. Flyers defenseman Svoboda, a slightly built 13-year NHL veteran, gets hurt a lot. Usually, though, it's something he can work through with a few sessions in the hyperbaric chamber and some ice - a sore shoulder, an ankle, a back. That was why Svoboda was unprepared yesterday for the news that his right foot, sore since he blocked a shot by Detroit's Slava Kozlov in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, contained a broken bone, the first metatarsal.
June 19, 1997 |
Wayne Cashman, a leading candidate to replace the fired Terry Murray as coach of the Flyers, is expected to meet with general manager Bob Clarke today in Pittsburgh, the site of Saturday's NHL draft. Cashman, an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks, is said to have changed his travel plans in order to to arrive in Pittsburgh this morning rather than tomorrow. Clarke has not commented on his search for a new coach. People in Tampa, Fla., where Cashman lives, said the former captain of the Boston Bruins had virtually gone underground this week, refusing to answer his phone or return calls and backing out of social engagements.
February 18, 1997 |
Center Eric Lindros, whose bruised lower back sidelined him for the Flyers' weekend victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins, skated for about 25 minutes yesterday and might be able to return to the lineup tomorrow night. "He was improved," coach Terry Murray said after Lindros' workout at the club's practice rink at the Coliseum in Voorhees. "I'm not sure whether he'll be ready for the game, but he may be. He'll get in a good practice [today], and we'll have a better idea. But as far as it looks right now, this was a positive sign.
September 11, 1996 |
Guess who's coming to training camp? Petr Svoboda, whose contract talks seemed at a dangerous impasse just a few days ago. The Flyers announced yesterday their most consistent defenseman last season has signed a four-year contract. He was en route from California yesterday evening, and should be present tomorrow when veterans report for testing and physical exams. Financial terms were not released, but judging from what is known of the negotiations, he likely will get $4.5 million to $5 million.
May 8, 1995 |
When they talk about "hard-nosed" players, they are talking about Rob DiMaio, whose beak always seems to have a cut along its battered bridge. If you've been following the Flyers' surge this season, when you heard Eric Lindros couldn't play in at least the first two games of the playoffs, you started looking down the roster at guys who wouldn't dry up and blow away without No. 88. You put a check beside DiMaio's name. Sure enough, there he was, scoring the Flyers' first goal, energizing two separate lines - he started out with Shjon Podein and Craig MacTavish, he finished with Rod Brind'Amour and Kevin Dineen.