June 22, 2012 |
CHRIS PRONGER'S name came up again on Monday, at Paul Holmgren's predraft media availability, the same way it always comes up. Those asking about him seek an update, maybe in search of a sliver of hope that Pronger's career might be able to resume following concussionlike symptoms that began after he took a stick to the eye last October. The only problem is that Holmgren — like any doctor who has treated concussionlike symptoms — has no firm answer. No person, not even Pronger, has an answer as to his status for next season.
May 11, 2012 |
MATT CARLE kept his head down, carrying a bag of ice to melt away pain from a lingering, undisclosed injury. Tuesday night's Game 5 could have been Carle's last game in a Flyers uniform. Carle, 27, one of the Flyers' most steady and underrated defensemen, finished off his 4-year, $13.75 million deal this spring. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Due to salary-cap tagging restraints, restricting teams from exceeding this year's cap figure before next year's number is announced, the Flyers cannot possibly sign Carle before July 1. That means Carle's team, with Denver-based agent Kurt Overhardt, will be able to field offers from all 29 other teams when the clock strikes noon on the first day of July.
April 9, 2012
FOR THE FLYERS, 2011 was the year of living incomprehensibly. The season before had ended with a great and unexpected run to the Stanley Cup finals. The beginning of the next season had been a reaffirmation of that run, and of the team's seeming new stature. The Flyers were tops in the business by January and looked to be cruising. Then they died. It was as confounding a last couple of months as anyone could remember, as nothing could seem to rouse them. There was much fretting in the land and then it turned into a shrugging acceptance that, well, maybe they can just turn it on when the time comes.
April 7, 2012 |
The Flyers signed bruising defenseman Nick Grossmann to a multiyear deal on Friday, a move that could affect whether they re-sign Matt Carle in the offseason. Carle can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Sources said the deal was for four years and worth $14 million. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Grossmann, who had been a prospective free agent, has missed the last two games with a knee injury but is expected to return to the lineup at the start of the playoffs next week.
February 28, 2012 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Flyers stood pat at the trade deadline on Monday, feeling the two recent deals they made - acquiring massive defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nick Grossman - will help make them a Stanley Cup contender. Provided, of course, that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov gets his game in order. "There wasn't anything that was pitched to us that . . . would have made us as good a team as what's on the board right now," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a conference call from the team's training facility in Voorhees.
February 13, 2012 |
DETROIT - Three games over two weekends against the undisputed top teams in both the Eastern and Western Conference. The Flyers entered the final frame in each of those games, either tied - as in last night's battle against the Detroit Red Wings - or down a goal, as they were in each of their contests against the New York Rangers. Two Sundays ago in New York, the Flyers evened the score in the first minute of the third period. Each high-profile game has been there for the taking.
October 2, 2011 |
All the bold moves the Flyers made in the offseason will mean very little if a certain future Hall of Fame defenseman isn't healthy this season. Which is why the Flyers breathed a collective sigh of relief when their latest captain, Chris Pronger, returned to action Thursday in a 2-1 exhibition win against New Jersey. With a healthy Pronger leading the defense, quarterbacking the power play, and making sure the locker room is in sync, the Flyers could have a special season.
May 3, 2011 |
THERE WAS already going to be plenty of emotion at the Wells Fargo Center last night. It's playoff season and the opponents are the Bruins, which creates enough of a powder keg for Flyers' fans. But add the stunning news that Osama scum Laden had finally been eradicated from the Earth and the 19,962 fans in attendance were frothing even before the puck dropped on Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. And they weren't the only ones. "I watched the president's speech [Sunday night]
April 20, 2011 |
BUFFALO - There are a couple of ways to look at Chris Pronger's absence and how it has affected the Flyers' blueliners. Glass half-empty: Having Pronger sidelined for the last five weeks has increased the other defensemen's minutes and left them gassed and susceptible to mistakes. Glass half-full: The added ice time has gotten the defensemen into a rhythm and helped them play better. The Flyers, who obviously will welcome Pronger back with open arms, subscribe to the second theory, especially defensemen Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, and Matt Carle - the players whose playing time has risen the most because of the absence of No. 20. "It's playoff time, and as many minutes as you get, you're going to feel better," Timonen said after Tuesday's practice in Buffalo.