October 6, 2010 |
1. Can the Flyers be more consistent? A lack of consistency nearly cost the Flyers a shot at the playoffs, coming as close as a shootout win over the Rangers on the final day of the regular season to not even making the playoffs. Since Peter Laviolette took over on Dec. 4, the Flyers went through a five-game win streak, a four-game win streak, a five-game losing streak and a three-game losing skid. For a long stretch they alternated between winning two games and losing two games.
July 2, 2010 |
The Flyers bypassed the marquee free agents on the first day of the signing period and made their biggest news Thursday by acquiring beefy Tampa Bay defenseman Andrej Meszaros for a second-round 2012 draft pick. In a dizzying day of wheeling and dealing, the Flyers re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Braydon Coburn - he received a two-year contract for a cap hit of $3.2 million per season - and signed a pair of free agents: 6-foot-3, 237-pound veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell and tough-guy winger Jody Shelley, formerly of the Rangers.
March 30, 2006 |
It's a good thing Ryan Potulny was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award this season, because he won't be around for his senior season at the University of Minnesota. The 6-foot, 192-pound junior center, a third-round draft pick of the Flyers in 2003, agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.6 million yesterday. The 21-year-old Potulny won't win the Hobey Baker Award, either. Even though he made the original cut list, he was not among the finalists announced this week: Denver defenseman Matt Carle, Boston College forward Chris Collins and Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott.
September 16, 2010 |
The Flyers open training camp Friday, and 65 players are scheduled to report to the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "We'll go zone by zone each day and [practice] everything that we started last year and finished with," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Wednesday. "We'll reteach and teach the new players and try to get everybody on the same page. " No practices will be open to the public on Friday as players are scheduled to take physicals. But the defending Eastern Conference champions will unveil their new road jerseys to fans at 3 p.m. Friday, and a public skate will be held at 4. All players are set to hit the ice for practice on Saturday, and all practices and scrimmages at the Skate Zone are open to the public.
October 3, 2010
Here is a look at the Flyers who could make the biggest impact this season: Forwards Blair Betts: A penalty-killing and face-off specialist, Betts is trying to bounce back from shoulder and knee surgeries. Danny Briere: Briere led the NHL with a franchise-record 30 playoff points last season and showed why the Flyers doled out a big contract a few years ago. Dan Carcillo: With Jody Shelley aboard, Carcillo will concentrate less on the rough stuff and more on finding the back of the net. Jeff Carter: One of the NHL's top scorers, Carter has netted 79 goals - 33 last season - over the last two years.
June 5, 2010 |
MAYBE YOU HAD a strong feeling it was going to be the Flyers' night when Matt Carle scored. Carle hadn't scored a goal in the playoffs, despite a dozen assists, but he gave the Flyers their first two-goal lead of the series with 5 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first period of last night's 5-3 Game 4 Stanley Cup finals victory over the Blackhawks, which evened the series, 2-2, going back to Chicago. It was Carle's first goal since April 11, which, by now, must seem like sometime last year.
January 3, 2009 |
For the Flyers, the first game of the new year ended with a new spot in the Atlantic Division standings. A tie for first place with the New York Rangers, who were 12 points ahead of Philadelphia in mid-November. The Flyers received rare offensive contributions from Ossi Vaananen, Josh Gratton and Braydon Coburn - three players who had a combined three goals before last night - as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 5-4, in a shoot-out in front of a franchise-record crowd of 17,597 at the Honda Center last night.
January 17, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Except for a brief stop home to collect two points at the expense of the New Jersey Devils and pick up a change of clothes, the Flyers have been on the road so long they'll probably be asked for IDs when they return to the Wells Fargo Center. But this deep, well-balanced team never lost its way. The Flyers Sunday night concluded a 10-game stretch during which nine were played on hostile ice with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was a grueling stretch of the schedule that could have easily left the Flyers worse off than when it began.
May 28, 2010 |
Mike Richards has been Captain Clutch during the playoffs. Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne, already popular with the Flyers faithful, gained further recognition for their post-injury heroics during this magical run. Goalie Michael Leighton has captured fans' hearts as a spectacular fill-in for Brian Boucher. There is also Chris Pronger, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman; winger Scott Hartnell, easily recognized by his long locks; and the battered-but-far-from-out Ian Laperriere. Scoring ace Danny Briere, veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen, and up-and-coming winger Claude Giroux are also among the mix of players who will be front and center for the Flyers when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.
October 27, 2009 |
WHEN THERE'S smoke, there's usually fire. Simon Gagne said last week that he didn't feel right on the ice. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Gagne - who was battling through his longest start to a season without a goal - would be fine once he scored. Gagne did that on Saturday, breaking his seven-game drought. But he still didn't feel right on Sunday, telling the Flyers that he felt he didn't have the "power" to skate. Gagne skated just one shift in the third period of Sunday's 4-1 loss to San Jose and missed practice yesterday.