November 9, 1994 |
It wasn't the glory that lured Keith Acton into a 25-game contract with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. There isn't much glory in six- hour bus rides for games against struggling minor-leaguers in such pit stops as Glens Falls, Cornwall and Rochester. It wasn't the need for achievement. Acton, an assistant coach for the Flyers, has a Stanley Cup championship ring and more NHL points than most American Leaguers put together. And it certainly wasn't the money.
January 22, 1988 |
Minnesota North Stars general manager Lou Nanne said yesterday that he was actively discussing a trade with the Flyers and two other NHL teams. Nanne would not say what Flyers were involved in the discussions and the only North Star he would identify was center Keith Acton. "I've talked to Bob (Clarke), and a lot of other general managers," said Nanne. "And Bob and several others have some interest in Keith Acton. " Adding fuel to the speculation was the fact that general manager Bob Clarke was not at the Flyers' game last night against the Edmonton Oilers at the Spectrum.
February 10, 1993 |
The Flyers are stuck with a goaltender they don't want because they violated a National Hockey League rule that their own skulduggery brought about. This awkward scenario came about yesterday when the NHL nullified the Flyers' Sunday trade of goalie Stephane Beauregard to the Winnipeg Jets for a third-round pick in this year's entry draft and future considerations. The Flyers acquired Beauregard, 25, from Winnipeg on Oct. 1, just three days before the waiver draft. NHL bylaw 20.18 states that "a player traded by a club within the four weeks prior to the waiver draft may not be re-acquired by such club within the forthcoming season.
August 5, 2000 |
The New York Rangers added an enforcer yesterday, getting Sandy McCarthy from the Carolina Hurricanes for forwards Rob DiMaio and Darren Langdon. "Toughness starts with the entire team, not just one player, but I think McCarthy will help quite a bit in that area and that's why we acquired him," New York general manager Glen Sather said. New York also gets a conditional draft choice in the deal. McCarthy, who signed with Carolina on Tuesday, had six goals, five assists and 120 penalty minutes in 71 games with Carolina and the Flyers last season.
June 25, 1997 |
Flyers assistant coach Keith Acton met with general manager Bob Clarke yesterday afternoon about the team's head-coaching vacancy. "Woody had a good interview with me," Clarke said. "Everybody knows he's a quality person. He's been under some very good hockey people. " Said Acton: "[Clarke] had a selection of questions on how I would handle situations and the responsibilities of a coach. I answered them. I felt really good about this. " It is believed that Acton is on Clarke's short list to replace Terry Murray, along with San Jose Sharks assistant coach Wayne Cashman, whom Clarke interviewed last week.
June 19, 1997 |
The Flyers' draft contingent arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday amid rumors that team president and general manager Bob Clarke today would interview Wayne Cashman for the head-coaching job. The NHL entry draft is scheduled for Saturday. Clarke has said he wouldn't begin the process of hiring a successor to fired coach Terry Murray until after the draft. But Cashman, currently a San Jose Sharks assistant coach, was scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh late last night, and was registered at the Sharks' hotel -although a list of the Sharks' draft personnel given to media covering the team did not include his name.
September 14, 1991 |
What does it mean when the Flyers can't beat the Quebec Nordiques - the worst team in the NHL last season? Probably nothing. Although the Flyers lost to the Nordiques, 5-4, in their preseason opener last night at the Coliseum, it's a little too early to draw too many conclusions. Sure, the Nordiques would have had trouble winning in the American Hockey League last season, but last night the Flyers were without Rick Tocchet, who is playing in the Canada Cup tournament; Murray Craven, who just reported to training camp, and Brad Jones, who is out with an injured hip flexor.
July 28, 1993 |
The Flyers lost a key locker room element yesterday when alternate captain Keith Acton signed with the Washington Capitals. Acton, 35, one of three Flyers to play in each of the last four seasons, signed a termination (one-year, no option) contract with the Caps for $375,000. Acton had been offered a term contract from the Flyers and had until the end of July to field offers from other teams. Acton's wife, Susan, said he was unavailable for comment last night, as was Flyers generalmanager Russ Farwell, who was in San Antonio for the U.S. Olympic Festival.
June 30, 1997 |
As the Flyers' coaching search enters its third week, credible gossip is hard to come by, let alone real news. There was a flutter yesterday when a local radio station referred to a report saying Flyers president and general manager Bob Clarke would meet with Mike Keenan in Canada during Clarke's current vacation north of the border. Clarke, who was in remote Flin -Flon, Manitoba, for a reunion of his junior team, could not be reached for comment. But Keenan, a few thousand miles southeast of Flin Flon at his home north of Miami, certainly could be reached.
May 2, 1989 |
Smiling because his team is in the Stanley Cup semifinals and limping less noticeably than he was on Saturday, Flyers goalie Ron Hextall said yesterday there's a possibility he will play tomorrow night in Game 2 against Montreal. But it's more likely Hextall, rarely one to let an injury interfere with playing, won't return until Friday night's Game 3 at the Spectrum. It's not likely the Flyers will risk further injury to him in Game 2 unless his sprained right knee improves drastically.