April 8, 2015 |
After they play their final three games this week and then watch the playoffs on TV, the sad reality will hit the Flyers: They wasted a career season by goalie Steve Mason - despite what a certain NBC "analyst" says about him. Mason, who turns 27 next month and believes he has not yet reached his prime, has finally given the Flyers an elite goaltender. But despite his being among the NHL's leaders in save percentage and goals-against average, the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.
March 23, 2015 |
EDMONTON, Alberta - The countdown is underway to the end of another Flyers season without a Stanley Cup. The Flyers, Cup-less since 1975, have eight games left after Saturday's matchup in Edmonton, and they will miss the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. A year removed from an impressive 42-27-10 record under first-year coach Craig Berube - and a seven-game playoff loss to a New York Rangers team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals - the Flyers have regressed. They took a 29-29-15 record into Saturday and had lost eight straight road games.
March 21, 2015 |
CALGARY, Alberta - Paul Holmgren, elevated to club president last May, has no regrets about leaving the Flyers general manager's job and handing the reins to Ron Hextall. Making his second trip with the team this season because he wanted to be at ceremonies Tuesday in Vancouver honoring his good friend, the late Pat Quinn, Holmgren said he likes the new challenges of being the Flyers president. "I still feel a part of things," Holmgren said Thursday before the game against the Flames.
March 19, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - Since late November, the Flyers have worn an orange shamrock with the initials "PQ" on the back of their helmets to honor the legacy of former coach Pat Quinn. It was fitting, then, that the teams with two of Quinn's deepest ties met last night on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate the life of the "Big Irishman. " Quinn, the man who led the Flyers (1980) and the Canucks (1994) to the Stanley Cup finals, passed away on Nov. 23, 2014, at Vancouver General Hospital after a long illness.
March 16, 2015 |
There is a positive to the Flyers' falling out of playoff contention: They now will be part of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. By all accounts, McDavid, a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound center, is a franchise cornerstone, a player who is being compared to (gulp) Sidney Crosby. Thanks to their Great Meltdown Against League Lightweights, the Flyers will be in the April draft lottery. They have the league's eighth-worst record, and if they stay there, they would have a 6 percent chance to get the No. 1 overall pick.
March 4, 2015 |
IT WAS all talk. Until yesterday. We'd heard lots about Ron Hextall's plan and vision for the Flyers over the first 10 months since his promotion - and very little action. Fewer specifics. There was June's lopsided trade of Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger. Then Michael Del Zotto's signing off the scrap heap to try and replace Kimmo Timonen in August. There was Shayne Gostisbehere's strange call-up, 3 weeks after Hextall swore he wouldn't use prospects before they're ready.
January 22, 2015 |
RICK TOCCHET'S glimpse of hockey's best rivalry over the past few years has been no different than that of just about anyone in the general public. He offered commentary on the Flyers' games with the Penguins as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet, but was really stuck watching the blood baths from afar as an outsider. On the inside now as Penguins assistant coach to Mike Johnston, Tocchet can appreciate the view. "You could feel the hate just boarding the bus to come to the rink," Tocchet said.
December 24, 2014 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fifty-five weeks ago, the Flyers arrived in the Twin Cities to prep for the Minnesota Wild and a game that ultimately took a back seat to news on the trip. On the morning of that Dec. 2 game, the Flyers issued a press release announcing the abrupt resignation of team president and Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko. Luukko's sudden cash-out sent shockwaves through the organization, a seismic event that reshaped the foundation of the front office.
December 18, 2014 |
Revisionist history says the Flyers should have kept center Peter Forsberg instead of sending him and a mega-package - forwards Mike Ricci and Chris Simon, defensemen Kerry Huffman and Steve Duchesne, goalie Ron Hextall, 1993 and 1994 first-round draft picks, and $15 million - to Quebec for Eric Lindros in 1992. Forsberg, the Flyers' No. 1 draft pick in 1991, had a brilliant NHL career (885 points in 708 games), won two Stanley Cups with Colorado, and went into Hockey's Hall of Fame last month.
December 6, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Paul Holmgren, who has spent 36 seasons in the Flyers organization and is in his first year as club president, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly were honored Thursday as co-winners of the Lester Patrick Trophy for their outstanding service to hockey in the United States. The event took place as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Minneapolis, near where Holmgren grew up. Holmgren, 59, a former Flyers player, coach, and general manager, has been involved in furthering the sport in various roles for USA Hockey.