December 25, 2011 |
At 68, Joe Watson is the oldest player competing in the Winter Classic alumni game between the Flyers and New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The oldest doesn't necessarily mean he is the most out of shape. Watson organizes and plays in about 10 Flyers alumni games each year. "It makes me feel young," said Watson, a defenseman who played on the Flyers' only two Stanley Cup champions, in 1974 and 1975, "The way I feel about life is, if I feel good, who cares what the [age]
November 10, 2011 |
IT'S ONE thing to achieve greatness in life. But to watch your child walk among legends must be a whole other story. When former Flyers defenseman Mark Howe steps onto the Hall of Fame stage in Toronto on Monday, he will have his dad by his side. The 975 professional goals Gordie Howe scored never made him beam this much. "I am thrilled beyond belief. I am so proud of him," Gordie Howe said before joking, "but like Eddie Shore once said, 'What took him so long?' " Mark Howe played 22 professional seasons, including 10 with the Flyers from 1982-92.
May 10, 2010
Looking ahead to Monday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the seventh-seeded Flyers and sixth-seeded Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Boston leads the series, three games to one. Oldies but goodies The oldest forwards who are playing for the Flyers and Boston Bruins happen to be the leading goal scorers in the series. That would be Danny Briere, 32, who has three goals for the Flyers in the first four games, and Boston's Mark Recchi, 42, who has three goals and is tied with Miroslav Satan for the team lead.
January 3, 1991 |
When the Flyers cleaned out their lockers last April after missing the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, Keith Acton was one of several guys who seemed to take that extra, lingering glance across the room. Acton was a couple of weeks shy of his 32nd birthday. He was playing for his fourth NHL team, and had been used sparingly as a fourth-line center and penalty killer in his 10th full NHL season. He had been scratched from the lineup several times. He had totaled just 13 goals and 14 assists in the 69 games he had played.
October 5, 1990 |
Ken Linseman presumably was in Edmonton last night, preparing to start the season with the Oilers. Bob Clarke probably was in Minnesota, with his North Stars. Dave Poulin? He was camped out at the left of the Flyers' goal, waiting for a Don Sweeney point drive to boom off the back boards and appear magically on his stick before Ron Hextall could even blink. Somehow, it had to be Poulin scoring the goal that broke a 0-0 deadlock 13:26 into the first period. It couldn't have been Wes Walz or Craig Janney or Dave Christian.
September 9, 1990 |
It seems that Mats Sundin, the 19-year-old center who was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 draft, has re-evaluated his readiness for the NHL. And perhaps he has discovered the lure of big money. Sundin, the first European to be drafted first in an NHL entry draft, said last month that he wasn't quite ready to compete in the NHL and that he wanted to play one more year with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League. Sundin said he needed time to mature both physically and socially.
July 2, 1990 |
Jari Kurri, star right winger for the Edmonton Oilers, became a free agent with compensation yesterday, but it is doubtful whether any other NHL club will pay the price to sign him. Kurri, who became the league's all-time playoff goal-scoring leader and sparked the Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup this past spring, has said he expects to sign a contract to play in Italy. "It should be done by the first or second week of July for sure," Kurri said last week, discussing his negotiations with club officials in Milan.
May 2, 1990 |
Dave Poulin, once the classiest of Flyers, hasn't bothered to send a thank- you note to his former team for dealing him to the Boston Bruins. No doubt, though, Poulin is grateful. On Jan. 16, the Flyers traded the 31-year-old center to the Bruins for Ken Linseman and explained the move as a boost to their offense. Without the popular and highly respected Poulin, the Flyers played with heavy hearts, and they're still waiting for that offensive boost Linseman was supposed to give them.
April 22, 1990 |
It was Jan. 30, and the Flyers, on the way toward their worst season in 18 years, were in the process of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on goals by veterans Tim Kerr, Brian Propp and Mike Bullard. Despite the victory, the Flyers were mired in last place in the Patrick Division with a 20-26-7 record. And in between the first and second periods of that game at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Flyers president Jay Snider expressed his concern about the lackluster performances the team was receiving from most of its veteran forwards.
March 21, 1990 |
It had been 45 days since the Flyers won back-to-back games. And with forwards Tim Kerr and Ilkka Sinisalo sidelined because of injuries, it didn't seem likely that the sixth-place Flyers would break that string last night against the second-place New Jersey Devils. But using an invigorated power play, pushy defense and another outstanding goaltending job by Ken Wregget, the Flyers outplayed the Devils and won, 3-2, at the Meadowlands. The victory, which followed Sunday's triumph over the Los Angeles Kings, gave the Flyers their first winning streak since they won three straight between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3. It also pulled them to within one point of the fifth-place New York Islanders and three points of the fourth-place Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold down the final playoff spot in the Patrick Division.