December 1, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans knew the severity of his injury the moment it happened. He did not need an official diagnosis or prognosis from the medical staff to realize the daunting recovery ahead of him. Ryans, the Eagles inside linebacker who was the defensive captain and one of the most respected players on the team, ruptured his right Achilles tendon on Nov. 2 against the Houston Texans. It's the same injury Ryans suffered four seasons earlier and has plagued other players. It came on the same field as the first injury and in just about the same spot.
September 25, 2014
TORONTO - Chris Pronger has not skated in an NHL game since Nov. 19, 2011. Yet Pronger, in addition to every player on the Flyers' payroll in 2012-13, will receive a long-awaited bonus check in the mail next month. Every player with an NHL contract from the lockout-shortened campaign will receive the first of three "transition payments" on Oct. 15, when their first paycheck is distributed. The payment was first reported by sportsnet.ca's Chris Johnston. The transition payments, doled out on Oct. 15 in 2014, 2015 and 2016, were negotiated as part of the NHL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement when the lockout ended.
May 14, 2014 |
Workers returned to the job at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Monday morning as members of two fellow unions protested against being shut out from the sprawling complex. Police outnumbered the union protesters. During the morning, about 40 to 50 demonstrators - most, if not all, from Teamsters Local 107 - held positions around the sprawling complex, carrying signs saying "Locked Out" and shouting at workers entering the building. Some members of Carpenters Union Local 8 handed out literature to passersby.
December 22, 2013 |
Mark Howe, the soft-spoken son of a hockey icon, the former Flyers defenseman who went into the Hall of Fame in 2011, wanted no parts of collaborating on a book. "My life is boring; why would anyone want to read about me?" he said to Jay Greenberg, an author and one-time Flyers beat writer who approached him with the idea. Greenberg persisted, even after Howe told him he didn't like his sample chapter, calling it too "jumpy. " Finally, after a lot of friendly give and take, Greenberg struck a chord.
October 3, 2013 |
SCOTT HARTNELL left with his mind in a million places. His end-of-season exit interview with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was blunt - as it usually is with Holmgren. "He was pissed off at the end of the year," Holmgren said. "He was pissed off at his game. He said to me that he looked like a third-line player out there. "My comment to him was something like, 'Yeah, and a bad one at that.' Then, he went and did something about it. " For Hartnell, much of his embarrassing year can be traced to the NHL lockout and his lack of conditioning.
June 10, 2013 |
TWO FRANCHISES, rich in history, talent and star power. Two winning teams that know what it takes to bring home the Stanley Cup. Intrigue, in the form of a schedule that kept them away from each other for an entire season. Oh, there's plenty to love about this series. The Stanley Cup finals kick off Wednesday night when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in the first finals matchup of Original Six franchises since Montreal beat the New York Rangers in five games way back in 1979.
January 28, 2013 |
The rebranded NBC Sports Network is looking for sports fans. The National Hockey League lockout and a transition to new sports programming - after dropping UFC mixed-martial arts bouts and bull-riding - resulted in the Comcast Corp.-owned 24-hour sports network posting eight months of lower prime-time viewership in 2012. In December, its worst month, an average of 58,000 homes tuned in to the channel during prime time compared with 158,000 homes the previous year, according to Nielsen.
January 26, 2013 |
It doesn't matter how you get there - losing streaks, injuries, labor wars, plague of locusts. Whatever. Going eight months without winning a game is enough to make everybody start thinking dark thoughts. The Flyers came back from the NHL's farcical lockout and immediately lost their first three games. They did not look especially sharp doing it. Was that a side effect of the long layoff and short prep time, or was it a sign that this roster just isn't talented enough to contend?
January 20, 2013 |
The nerves were jangling and his heart was beating loud in his ears when Scott Laughton jumped onto the ice in an NHL game for the first time in his young life on Saturday. The Flyers' first-round draft pick, just 18 years old and trying desperately not to get sent back to juniors, also had the advice of teammate Scott Hartnell in his ears. "He just told me to play my game and do the things that got me here," Laughton said. "Do every little thing right and the rest will take care of itself.
January 20, 2013 |
After a 113-day lockout, months of posturing and legal mumbo-jumbo, and fans being aggravated to the Nth degree, the abbreviated NHL season arrives Saturday. Here are some of the story lines: The Nash factor The New York Rangers have the best goalie on the planet, Henrik Lundqvist, and many feel they have added the missing piece that will bring them their first Stanley Cup since 1994: Rick Nash. If Nash, one of the game's best snipers, can get past the culture shock of going from Columbus to Broadway, he complements a deep lineup (Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik et al)