July 27, 2015 |
When it came time to clean out his office at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Lou Lamoriello probably didn't have much work ahead of him. He decorated the place sparsely on purpose - no photos of his family or friends or former coaches and players, not a touchstone from his personal past to be found, nothing to obscure his single-minded focus. One day in February 2011, as Lamoriello sat behind his desk for an interview, the only accoutrements in the room were seven replica trophies atop a shelf: four of the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the winner of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and three of the Stanley Cup. He added one more to that collection the following year, when the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the last time during Lamoriello's tenure, and by now he's likely boxed up those trophies and shipped them to Ontario.
April 28, 2015 |
The most underrated candidate to become the Flyers' next head coach has never had an NHL team finish better than third in its division, has coached in the postseason once over his seven years in the league, and was fired on the day after Christmas. At first glance, Peter DeBoer's resumé doesn't seem worthy of a spot near the top of the stack on Ron Hextall's desk, as if DeBoer were a second-class contender compared to the bigger names who have or might yet become available: Mike Babcock, Claude Julien, Todd McLellan.
March 10, 2015 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A weekend that began with so much optimism has ended with the Flyers desperately clinging to their fading playoff hopes. After a dispirited 5-2 loss Sunday to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center, coach Craig Berube and his players were questioning the team's fortitude and competitive level. "Today I thought mentally we weren't there in this game," Berube said. "I think that defeat in Boston obviously had an effect on our team and mentally we weren't there today.
December 13, 2014 |
In the Flyers' 28th game, there was a Matt Read sighting at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. Read had his first goal in 11 games - and his first multi-point performance of the season - as he sparked the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. "I wouldn't say I was losing confidence, but getting frustrated a little bit," said Read, who had just one goal in his previous 20 games. ". . . Things just bounced my way tonight. " The Flyers, opening a four-game homestand, have a modest four-game points streak, during which they are 2-0-2.
October 11, 2014 |
Wayne Simmonds threw his arms in the air as he embraced Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Vinny Lecavalier while the frenzied sellout crowd stood in disbelief Thursday night. Simmonds knew. The right winger knew his shot had beaten the buzzer to end the astonishing last few minutes of the second period, knew the Flyers had come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit, knew this game suddenly had a different feel to it. But the Flyers couldn't sustain the momentum. Dainius Zubrus scored what proved to be the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils outlasted the Flyers, 6-4, and ruined their home opener.
July 24, 2014 |
WHAT LUCK. A day after the Sixers secured abject failure for two more seasons, there stood owner Josh Harris in the hallways of the Wells Fargo Center. As always, Harris was willing to offer a few candid not-for-publication observations concerning the Sixers' long-range plan. Suffice it to say Harris, a billionaire hedge-fund savant, was energized by the potential long-term return of investment in injured center Joel Embiid and young Croatian star Dario Saric - neither of whom will be of much real use until 2016.
June 23, 2014
The Flyers will open their season on Oct. 8 on the road vs. the Boston Bruins, and their home opener will be the next night against the New Jersey Devils, the NHL announced on Saturday. The league listed the home openers for each team one day before it will announce the complete schedule.
June 8, 2014 |
THE 76ERS are moving to New Jersey. But relax, Philadelphia fans, it's only for practice. Practice, man. Practice. After months of speculation of where the team would build its much-anticipated facility, CEO Scott O'Neil released a statement yesterday saying that the organization has "officially filed an application for a site along the New Jersey waterfront in Camden. We understand the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will be voting on an incentive for a possible facility on the waterfront at their upcoming meeting.
June 6, 2014 |
Ed Snider assumed ownership and control of the 76ers in 1996, and one year later, Lewis Katz began playing a vital role in his dear friend's venture into an unfamiliar sport, serving as an adviser to the brilliant and demanding basketball mind Snider and team president Pat Croce had hired as head coach. Larry Brown has always needed a coterie of counselors to massage his neuroses, serve as sounding boards, and assure him everything would be OK. From Jerry Stackhouse to Derrick Coleman, from Tim Thomas to a tempestuous second-year guard named Allen Iverson, that '97-98 Sixers team tested Brown's patience throughout a long, 31-win season.
June 3, 2014 |
Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, and Lewis Katz used to attend NHL meetings when the latter owned the New Jersey Devils. But Katz, 72, was more than a fellow owner to Snider. He was a confidant and best friend. Katz served as Snider's best man when he was married last year. "He was like my brother. I'm devastated and still in shock," Snider said in a statement after learning that Katz, the co-owner of The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among seven people aboard a private jet who died in a crash Saturday night in suburban Boston.