October 9, 2014 |
BOSTON - The Flyers open their season Wednesday night by playing on the road against a Boston Bruins team that is favored to win the Eastern Conference. "It's a good measuring stick," defenseman Nick Grossmann said after practice Tuesday at TD Garden. The Bruins outscored the Flyers, 14-6, while sweeping all three games last season. "They've been one of the better teams in the league for a good five years now, and they present a good challenge for us," right winger Wayne Simmonds said.
October 2, 2014 |
Claude Giroux, playing in his first preseason game, made a solid return Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Sidelined by an undisclosed lower-body injury suffered 15 minutes into the first day of training camp, the Flyers captain made dazzling first-period passes and spent lots of time weaving around New York Rangers defenders. Giroux showed a bit of rust, but he still played 16 minutes, 53 seconds - the most among Flyers forwards - despite getting just five third-period shifts.
October 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Granted, the Flyers played their "B" team in a game that had no significance Monday night. Still, these dismal preseason starts - one year after the big boss, Ed Snider, said the Flyers had the worst camp in their history - have to be giving management agita . The Flyers fell into a 3-0 first-period hole Monday, were outshot by a 13-1 margin at one point, and lost to last spring's playoff rivals, the New York Rangers, 6-3, at...
September 26, 2014 |
New Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is gambling that a change of scenery will help defenseman Michael Del Zotto get back to the form he displayed when he was named to the NHL's all-rookie team with the New York Rangers in 2009-10. Back then, Del Zotto appeared ticketed for stardom. Fast-forward to last season. Del Zotto struggled on defense, and he was taken off the power-play unit. He was eventually dealt to Nashville and found himself a healthy scratch numerous times. When the free-agency period opened in July, Del Zotto, 24, drew little interest.
September 22, 2014 |
The Flyers have questions about their Kimmo Timonen-less defense; questions about Claude Giroux's health and who will replace left winger Scott Hartnell; questions about whether young players such as Sean Couturier, Luke Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto can take their games to another level. But for the first time in a while, there are few questions about the team's most important position. That's because goalie Steve Mason rediscovered his mojo last season, and even outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist in the Flyers' seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
September 20, 2014 |
Kimmo Timonen hadn't yet told the Flyers that blood clots had snaked from his right leg to his lung, putting his career in the gravest jeopardy, and without even knowing it Ron Hextall already had explored a contingency plan. The Flyers' first-year general manager, Hextall had spent a good bit of time this summer trading phone calls with Michael Del Zotto's representatives at Newport Sports Management, gauging Del Zotto's interest in coming to Philadelphia. The Nashville Predators hadn't bothered to make a qualifying offer to Del Zotto after his subpar season with them, and even if Timonen hadn't faced his health crisis, Hextall thought it possible that Del Zotto would want a fresh start, and that, for an affordable salary-cap number and minimal risk, the Flyers might acquire a swift, still-young defenseman whose stock had fallen.
September 3, 2014 |
FORMER NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais , a six-time All-Star, has died. He was 68. The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, passed away Sunday. A cause of death was not given. Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1968 with Montreal and 1972 with Boston. He also played for the California Golden Seals and New Jersey Devils. Vadnais had 169 goals and 587 points in 1,087 games.
August 8, 2014 |
After the most frustrating season of his NHL career, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will bring a resolute attitude to the Flyers. "It was a bit of a humbling season," Del Zotto said Wednesday. Traded from the New York Rangers to Nashville in January, he was spurned in the free-agent market until the Flyers signed him to a one-year, $1.3 million deal on Tuesday. "This offseason is the most motivated I've ever been to get back and prove people wrong - and get back to where I was before.
August 7, 2014 |
Seeking help for their defense, the Flyers agreed to terms Tuesday with veteran free agent Michael Del Zotto on a one-year deal. The team announced earlier in the day that defenseman Kimmo Timonen was hospitalized in Finland with blood clots in his lungs and his leg. Del Zotto, 24, had a goal and four assists in 25 games for Nashville last season after notching two goals and nine assists in 42 games for the New York Rangers. Del Zotto had 26 goals and 95 assists in 292 games over five seasons with New York.
June 20, 2014 |
The Flyers open their preseason schedule on Sept. 22 with split-squad games against Toronto (in London, Ontario) and Washington (at the Wells Fargo Center). The Flyers will play eight preseason games, with three at the Wells Fargo Center. Two of their final three tuneups will be against the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers. SCHEDULE PRESEASON Home Games (CAPS) at Wells Fargo Center Monday, Sept. 22: vs. Toronto (ss), 7 (London, Ontario)