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November 16, 1993 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a double switch designed to cut down the number of goals against the Flyers and also spark their offense, Tommy Soderstrom will be the goaltender and Pelle Eklund will be Mark Recchi's linemate tonight when the Flyers meet the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Civic Arena. Flyers coach Terry Simpson is eager to end his club's losing streak, now at two games. So he's replacing Dominic Roussel with Soderstrom and Viacheslav Butsayev with Eklund. Soderstrom has played just two periods since Oct. 27, when he left a game in Ottawa complaining of dizzy spells.
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March 1, 1991 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first, it appeared to be a simple two-on-one breakaway. The Flyers' Pelle Eklund had the puck and was skating down the slot toward Chicago goaltender Ed Belfour. Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios, between Eklund and Belfour, was keeping an eye on Flyers center Keith Acton, who was skating alongside Eklund in the right circle. Suddenly, Eklund turned everyone's head. The wiley 27-year-old center-turned-winger tapped the puck toward Acton as if he were going to pass it. But when Chelios moved between the two Flyers, Eklund caught the pass with his right skate, kicked it back to his stick and then passed to Acton only after Chelios had committed himself.
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November 22, 1991 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Chances are, by the time you read this, Dan Quinn will be pulling on his practice gear before the Flyers' late-morning workout, facing no sanction more serious than a little ribbing from his teammates. But yesterday, when Quinn was AWOL after a 5-2 Wednesday loss in Pittsburgh to the Penguins, speculation ran rampant. Some Flyers thought Quinn had quit the team. Others thought he was just taking care of personal business in Pittsburgh, where he played four seasons and has his offseason home.
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October 27, 1991 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The waiting is over for winger Derrick Smith. Placed on waivers by the Flyers on Thursday, Smith was picked up by the Minnesota North Stars yesterday. He will join former teammate Brian Propp, who was picked up by Stars general manager Bob Clarke last season and played a prominent role in the team's drive to the Stanley Cup finals. "Clarkie called me and said, 'You are now a North Star,' " Smith said. "I think it's great. " Smith, 26, an eight-year veteran, was a third-round draft choice of the Flyers in 1983.
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February 26, 1993 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The way Mark Recchi talks, it doesn't seem all that significant. But the fact is, the Flyers last had a 100-point scorer 17 years ago, when Bob Clarke (119) and Bill Barber (112) did it. Seventeen years. Tim Kerr never did it; his high was 98, in 1985. Brian Propp never did it; his high was 97, in 1986. Rick Tocchet never did it; his high was 96, in 1990. But barring calamity, Mark Recchi will score 100 points. Maybe even tomorrow, when the Flyers host the Islanders. After netting two goals and an assist in last night's 6-2 victory over the Devils, Recchi has 96 points in 62 games.
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February 20, 1989 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Swedish hockey players are supposed to be lovers, not fighters. But just nine seconds into yesterday's game, there was Kjell Samuelsson, all 6-6 of him, tangling with Dale Henry of the Islanders. Their skirmish was Part IV of a tag-team act that first featured Craig Berube vs. Brad Dalgarno. After they were seated in the penalty box, Al Secord and Gerald Diduck squared off before the next faceoff. Secord then switched to Alan Kerr and Rick Tocchet entertained Diduck. To the astonishment of many, Samuelsson was leaning on Henry, and they were not exchanging opinions on the latest Swedish film imports.
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May 3, 1991 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
With an eye toward returning to the NHL playoffs after two straight misses, the Flyers yesterday signed forward Pelle Eklund to a long-term contract. Eklund, who was entering the third year of a four-year pact, was perhaps the most valuable player for the Flyers in the 1990-91 season. Tied for fourth on the team with 19 goals, Eklund led the Flyers with 50 assists - his most since recording 51 in the 1988-89 season - and was second to Rick Tocchet with 69 points, which matched his career high.
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December 2, 1988 | By Jay Greenberg, Daily News Sports Writer
The return of Pelle Eklund to the lineup after missing one game with a slight knee sprain put the Flyers' injury list, which at one point numbered six, down to three. It could be reduced by one more tomorrow afternoon at East Rutherford, N.J. Murray Craven skated yesterday and said his sprained knee felt much better. He hopes to be able to play in the weekend home-and-home against the Devils. Ilkka Sinisalo will be off skates at least another week with his sprained ankle. Ron Sutter's return from his fractured jaw has been targeted for Dec. 15. Sutter's spirits generally have maintained themselves as well as his weight through his ordeal.
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March 14, 1988 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
The Flyers' latest body count: Both Dave Poulin (groin pull) and Pelle Eklund (hip flexor) will try to skate today. The exercise has been described as "recreational" by trainer Dave Settlemyre, which means neither player is going to push it too hard. Eklund is considered possible for tomorrow night against the Rangers in New York. Poulin remains unlikely. Rick Tocchet (shoulder separation) was talking Saturday about being able to play Thursday against the Blackhawks at the Spectrum.
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September 19, 1990 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
In these very early days of training camp, Mike Ricci is a wellspring of rookie optimism. Life in the NHL is a kick. Everything is bigger, brighter and more exciting. Things can't get any better than this, unless, of course, he actually makes the team. Which, it appears, Mike Ricci is going to do. "At times, I think to myself, 'What am I doing here?' " the Flyers' first-round draft pick said. "It's just a great feeling going out there. It's loud. It's big. It's everything you dream of. " Ricci still may have doubts about his credentials.
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May 27, 2009
WHEN THE terrible news about Peter Zezel began to break here yesterday afternoon, it was hard for your mind not to wander. Zezel died yesterday from a rare blood disorder at the age of 44. He hadn't played for the Flyers in 2 decades and, no, it does not seem like yesterday - but he was a meaningful player at a meaningful time, one of the faces of an era. You go back and look at the players on the roster and, my God, they were so young. Mark Howe was the old man on defense, 31. Dave Poulin and Brian Propp were veterans in the group, too, at 27, and Tim Kerr was 26. And then there was this wave of kids: Pelle Eklund and Dave Brown (23)
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February 13, 1995 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The day after their first victory at the Meadowlands Arena in nearly five years, the Flyers practiced briskly. They wanted to continue to feel good about finally winning in the lair of the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, on Saturday night, breaking an 0-12-1 streak. But they also wanted to keep their focus where it belonged, on tonight's Spectrum meeting with the Washington Capitals. "For the few guys who have been around here for a few years, that was a huge win," Kevin Dineen said.
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March 22, 1994 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The only current Flyer who played for the team in 1989, the last time it made the playoffs, isn't a current Flyer anymore. Pelle Eklund will spend the final month of his NHL career as a Dallas Star, after nearly nine years with the Flyers. Dallas acquired him for a conditional draft pick, in one of the least heralded but most surprising moves leading up to yesterday's 3 p.m. trading deadline. Eklund, who turns 31 today, hasn't played since undergoing hernia repair surgery Feb. 23. He seemed to be drifting toward a quiet end, with one goal and 16 assists in 48 games.
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March 22, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Unable to swing a deal that might somehow catapult them into the playoffs, the Flyers settled yesterday for cutting one more tie to their more glorious past. General manager Russ Farwell traded left winger Pelle Eklund to the Dallas Stars for future considerations. Other than that, Farwell said, he was unable to make a trade to help the team's desperate playoff drive. The Flyers go into tonight's game against St. Louis needing to win at least 10 of their final 12 games, in their estimation, to have a chance for postseason play.
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March 10, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just when they could least afford to lose him, the Flyers have lost Kevin Dineen to still another shoulder injury. Dineen separated his right shoulder in the club's 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, and, though he is listed as day-to-day, he probably will miss at least the next three games. Dineen, who was examined at Pennsylvania Hospital yesterday, will not play tonight in the Flyers' game against the Ottawa Senators at the Spectrum. And team trainer Gary Smith predicted that the gritty right winger will be sidelined for "a while.
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March 9, 1994 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Standing ovations have been hard to come by down at the Spectrum lately, with the fans a trifle restless over the prospect of an NHL-high fifth successive year out of the playoffs. The 17,229 in attendance stood up last night, though, for a big guy wearing a double-breasted suit whose shoulders seemed to span the blue lines. Tim Kerr joined the Flyers' Hall of Fame, the first player from the post-Stanley Cup era to be so honored. Kerr, 34, the right winger whose 363 goals as a Flyer rank third on the team's all-time list, told fans his enshrinement was "a memory that I will always cherish.
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February 21, 1994 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Bob Wilkie has met the enemy that has prevented him from staying in the NHL: to borrow from the comic strip, Pogo, the enemy was him. Wilkie, 25, was a second-round choice of Detroit in the 1987 entry draft (Small World Department: The Red Wings used the draft pick they obtained from the Flyers for goalie Mark LaForest to select Wilkie). But until the Flyers recalled him from Hershey Feb. 8, Wilkie had played in just eight NHL games, with Detroit during the 1990-91 season.
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February 16, 1994 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Since the faltering Flyers have been reduced to a one-line offense during their recent slide, it wasn't surprising that coach Terry Simpson revised the first three lines last night. When your team is 1-8-1 in its last 10 outings and skidding out of playoff contention, a coach must do something. Simpson's juggling worked, as rookie Mikael Renberg scored three third- period goals to give the Flyers a 6-4 victory over San Jose in the soldout San Jose Arena. Renberg's first NHL hat trick was perfectly timed for the Flyers, who opened a three-game California road trip by snapping the Sharks' four-game winning streak.
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February 16, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Flyers coach Terry Simpson moaned recently that the Flyers needed a super effort from somebody, anybody, if they wanted to snap out of this wretched losing streak. Well, last night they got it. Rookie winger Mikael Renberg scored three goals and added one assist and the Flyers rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Sharks at the San Jose Arena. The victory ended a two-game losing streak. The Flyers, their season just about hanging in the balance, finally scored more than three goals in a game.
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February 6, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before, the Flyers seemed to care. They seemed angry about losing, upset at making dumb plays. They banged their sticks against the boards and shook their heads in disgust. Even as the losses mounted, piling up as if they were bleached skulls in some low-budget horror flick, the Flyers had worked hard. They haven't won since the all-star break, a full two weeks, and now six games ago, but still they had acted as if they had the fortitude to snap out of this terrible free fall. Yesterday at Boston Garden, the Flyers didn't even show that.
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