May 8, 2014 |
DAVID POILE wanted to take his time and wait until at least June to officially replace the only coach the Predators have ever known. But with four other NHL head coaching vacancies and windows closing fast, it did not take Poile long to realize he'd been working with his top candidate for months. That's why Poile, son of the first Flyers general manager, Bud Poile, hired Peter Laviolette yesterday to be the second coach in the 16-year history of the Predators. Laviolette, 49, was out of work since Oct. 7 after being fired by the Flyers three games into the season.
May 1, 2014 |
HOW HOT is country music in our urbane metropolis? On Monday, Upper Darby's Tower Theater will be honored with just one of four national tour stops for " 'Nashville' in Concert," featuring the singing/strumming cast from the ABC-TV prime-time drama with lotsa music. "We're just getting our feet wet, testing the waters in a few friendly towns," said cast member Chris Carmack, who plays handsome hunk Will Lexington. Five days later, guitar-wailing country popster Hunter Hayes will conclude his record-breaking (he hopes)
April 9, 2014 |
On Tuesday night, Nashville will shimmer like a country singer's wardrobe. Down in Music City, 20,000 fans will fill Bridgestone Arena to see, for the first time in NCAA basketball history, two unbeatens, Connecticut and Notre Dame, vie for the women's national championship. Meanwhile, 684 miles to the northeast, Tuesday night figures to be an unremarkable one in West Chester. The old college town's leafy residential streets will be slumbering. Gay Street's bars and restaurants will be enjoying a midweek calm.
January 18, 2014 |
The Flyers again came back from the dead with a late goal, but it wasn't enough Thursday night. They salvaged a point but dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Nashville at the percolating Wells Fargo Center. Nashville won it in the seventh round of the shootout on a goal by Roman Josi. The Predators had a 3-2 edge in the shootout, and twice the Flyers took the lead before Nashville beat goalie Steve Mason to keep its chances alive. The Predators scored on their final three shootout attempts after failing on their first four.
January 17, 2014 |
On one hand, the Flyers have shown amazing resiliency as they have won eight games - seven since Dec. 4 - with comebacks that have erased third-period deficits. On the other hand . . . They are living too much on the edge and need to play better early in games so that the late heroics aren't needed. "Sooner or later, you're not going to win every game in the third," Brayden Schenn said after the Flyers escaped with a dramatic 4-3 win in Buffalo on Tuesday, using Vinny Lecavalier's goal with 14.8 seconds left to end a two-game losing streak.
January 14, 2014 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When James Franklin's coaching stint at Vanderbilt began in December 2010, most fans hoped there would be at least incremental improvement in a program where five wins constituted a good season. If he could eventually make the Commodores competitive in America's toughest college football conference, the SEC, that would be a bonus. Now, with Franklin gone to Penn State, any objective look at his three seasons would conclude he accomplished that task. A 24-15 record, back-to-back 9-4 seasons in the final 2 years, and consecutive bowl wins (three straight bowl trips overall)
December 3, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the calendar turned to December and the temperature has dipped, the only thing getting warmer is the heat being turned up on the Flyers. It is no stretch to say that the next 38 days may well define their season. At the very least, the next month or so will give a true glimpse into whether the Flyers are contenders for a playoff spot or just pretenders. Beginning tonight, the Flyers will play 18 games in 38 days: 13 road games; nine games against Western Conference teams who are a combined 56-26-10 against the East; five divisional games; and three games on the end of back-to-back nights.
December 2, 2013 |
NASHVILLE IS a hidden gem among stops on the NHL tour, with inviting country-music sounds and neon-soaked spirits spilling out of the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway next to Bridgestone Arena. Inside, the Predators skate in front of one of the most unusual - and passionate - fan bases in hockey, which the Flyers will get a taste of tonight in their third trip to the Music City since 2005. For three seasons after July 1, 2009, though, Nashville became the city NHL players loathed to visit.
July 19, 2013
Food-service provider, Aramark announced the construction of a new business services center in Nashville, Tenn., that will affect hundreds of Philadelphia jobs. An Aramark spokesman said that about 300 workers here, primarily in finance and human resources, may choose to apply for positions at the new facility or elsewhere in the company, or face being laid off over the next two to three years. The company, headquartered in Philadelphia, posted global annual revenues of $13.5 billion in its most recent annual report.
July 10, 2013
The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan McDonagh on a six-year, $28.2 million contract. The deal, announced Monday, will carry an annual salary-cap hit of $4.7 million for New York, which is close to the financial ceiling with players still to re-sign, such as forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. McDonagh, 24, ranked second on the team with 78 blocked shots last season. Nashville gets boost Less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup with Chicago, Viktor Stalberg signed a four-year, $12 million contract to join Nashville.