September 9, 2016 |
Bob Dailey, 63, a two-time all-star who twice won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers' best defenseman, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. Nicknamed "The Count," Mr. Dailey was a member of the Flyers team that posted an NHL-record 35-game unbeaten streak in the 1979-80 season. "Bob was an integral part" of that team, said club president Paul Holmgren, noting that the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals that season. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
May 5, 2016 |
The Flyers' playoff run is over, but Ivan Provorov, the ultra-promising defenseman who could make the team in training camp, is putting the finishing touches on a superb season. Provorov, 19, selected seventh overall in last year's draft, has helped the Brandon Wheat Kings reach the Western Hockey League finals that start Friday against Seattle. Brandon dropped a 7-2 decision to Seattle in the teams' lone regular-season meeting. "We didn't have our best game," Provorov said in a phone interview from Brandon earlier in the week.
April 29, 2016 |
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to retain Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but he hasn't closed the door on trading one of the goalies if the right deal comes along. "I don't believe that's a strength that you want to weaken," Hextall said Wednesday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. "The old saying, 'Wayne Gretzky got traded, right, so?' I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No, I wouldn't trade anybody on our team,' because the reality of it is, if the deal was right it's my job to strengthen our team and the organization.
April 29, 2016 |
As a young goaltender, Ron Hextall had little patience and zero tolerance. He arrived in the NHL at the age of 22 believing he was good enough to lead the Flyers to a Stanley Cup title as a rookie, and he darn near was. And God help you if you skated a little too close to his crease. With his 52nd birthday just a few days away and his second season as the Flyers general manager just a few days behind him, Hextall is far more under control and most definitely in command of the direction the Flyers are headed.
April 13, 2016 |
Even in his failing days as he battled bladder cancer, Ed Snider had the urge to let general manager Ron Hextall know how much a Stanley Cup playoff run would mean to him - and to subtly suggest that maybe, just maybe, it might be a good idea to make a deal. Snider, who died at his California home Monday at 83, was known for being impatient and signing high-priced free agents during many of his years as the Flyer chairman. However, after Hextall became the GM two years ago, Snider was on board with his plans to rebuild the team through the draft.
February 22, 2016 |
MONTREAL - Five years later, the Jeff Carter trade is paying new dividends for the Flyers. Oh, they certainly could use a scoring machine like Carter, one of the NHL's most dependable forwards. But the return they received is getting better each day: Jake Voracek. Sean Couturier. Nick Cousins. Those turned out to be the three young players the Flyers received for Carter, now 31 and starting to decline. And while then-general manager Paul Holmgren would like a do-over on some of his moves/signings, this isn't one of them.
February 11, 2016 |
After the morning skate Tuesday, Flyers captain Claude Giroux started to answer a question this way: "After we win tonight . . . " Bold words when you consider Tuesday night's opponent, Anaheim, has been one of the NHL's best teams since a horrendous October. The Ducks, perhaps using Giroux's words as motivation, continued their torrid pace as they whipped the Flyers, 4-1, and ruined the home team's 50th anniversary party. "We didn't bring our 'A' game," said right winger Wayne Simmonds after his undisciplined team was guilty of six hooking penalties.
January 29, 2016 |
The Flyers have a problem, and here's the twisted irony of it: If their general manager, Ron Hextall, were more impetuous and less focused on the team's long-term improvement - if the Flyers, that is, were to act more like the Flyers used to act - they might actually solve it. The problem is simple: The Flyers don't score goals. Ahead of their game Wednesday night in Washington against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, the Flyers ranked 29th out of the NHL's 30 teams this season in goals per game, at 2.24 - this, after ranking 22nd (2.62)
January 11, 2016 |
If Flyers general manager Ron Hextall isn't named the NHL's executive of the year - or at least made an honorary certified public accountant - some people haven't been paying attention. In his 20 months on the job, Hextall has traded the contract of an injured player, Chris Pronger, who will never play again; dealt away seldom-used Vinny Lecavalier; who had two-plus seasons left on a contract that absorbed a $4.5 million annual cap hit; and stockpiled draft picks. In short, Hextall has done an amazing job cleaning up his predecessor's messes.
January 9, 2016 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - When Paul Holmgren was general manager, he made many strong deals, transforming the Flyers from the worst team in hockey in 2006-07 to a conference finalist the following season. But two moves he made later in his tenure - acquiring stay-at-home defenseman Luke Schenn for blossoming left winger James van Riemsdyk, and signing free-agent Vinny Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million contract - did not work out as planned. Fact is, they set the team back on a number of levels.