November 16, 1993 |
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.
March 1, 1991 |
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.
November 22, 1991 |
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.
October 27, 1991 |
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.
February 26, 1993 |
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.
February 20, 1989 |
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.
May 3, 1991 |
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.
December 2, 1988 |
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.
March 14, 1988 |
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.
September 19, 1990 |
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.