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October 11, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When it comes to defending your own, the Flyers either couldn't or wouldn't do the right thing under former coach Terry Murray. Wayne Cashman replaced Murray and promised that such a lack of camaraderie wouldn't continue, but as last season progressed, the idea of standing up for your teammates didn't take root under him, either. Current coach Roger Neilson says he expects his players to watch out for one another on the ice and to administer justice for cheap shots when the time is right.
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December 29, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Younger, bigger, stronger, faster. That's how Flyers general manager Bob Clarke described defenseman Karl Dykhuis, who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning last night for Petr Svoboda, a respected defender. A number of Flyers, including Svoboda, appeared shocked by the trade. Everyone knew the Flyers had to improve their blue line, but the question was whether they would seek more speed or better defense. "We don't think he is a better player than Petr Svoboda," Clarke said of Dykhuis, "but he gives us a different look.
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February 23, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
A lot of people thought the gold medal-winning goal in the Olympic hockey tournament might be scored by a Philadelphia Flyer. Nobody thought the Flyer would be Petr Svoboda. In a tournament that contained many humbling surprises for North American hockey, Svoboda's goal 8:08 into the third period of the final game, giving the Czech Republic a 1-0 victory over Russia, was as big as any. "It's a surprise to everyone, but I'm glad it happened," Svoboda agreed, hunched over in exhaustion, still wearing his sweat-soaked uniform nearly an hour after International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch draped the gold medal around his neck.
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July 17, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Left winger Trent Klatt is expected to sign a new contract with the Flyers, possibly today. "We're close to signing," Klatt's agent, Jeff Solomon, said yesterday from Carlsbad, Calif. Solomon could have filed for arbitration Monday, but general manager Bob Clarke said yesterday that he thought Klatt would accept the new deal. Klatt earned $437,500 last season. Acquired in a mid-December trade with Dallas for Brent Fedyk, Klatt saw a lot of time on the club's third line with center Joel Otto and left wing Shjon Podein.
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September 11, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Petr Svoboda will be at Flyers training camp after all. Less than three days after Svoboda returned to California when contract negotiations stalled, the veteran defenseman agreed yesterday to a new four-year deal that is believed to be worth $5 million. Svoboda, 30, would have been an unrestricted free agent in two years, at age 32, or as early as next year if, as a player with 10 or more years in the NHL, he had signed a one-year contract and made less than the league average.
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February 5, 1996 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Flyers were pleased with the NHL's prompt action on Montreal center Marc Bureau's blindside elbow to the head of defenseman Petr Svoboda. Svoboda was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion, along with a nasty cut, when the back of his head hit the ice in the second period of the Flyers' 3-2 victory over the Canadiens Thursday. NHL vice president Brian Burke held a hearing with Bureau on Saturday in Toronto and later that day assessed him a five-game suspension without pay. Svoboda, meanwhile, hopes to play Thursday when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Flyers.
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May 20, 1997 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Flyers winger Mikael Renberg has missed some shifts in both games of the current playoff series with the New York Rangers because of a left ankle problem he hopes will be eased by a new pad he tried in his skate at yesterday's practice. "It felt a little better today," Renberg said as he and the Flyers prepared for tonight's Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. "I haven't felt good the last two games. I've had it for a while, but it got worse and worse. The last game against Buffalo, it really hurt me. " Renberg said his problem started with what players call "skatebite" - the rubbing of tightly laced leather skates against tender skin.
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October 3, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A strong effort, a Flyers lead, and a high stick on the deciding goal in a 2-1 exhibition loss to the New Jersey Devils. It was just another Flyers-Devils affair last night at the Continental Airlines Arena. "It did seem typical, but we have to find ways to turn it around against this team," said goalie Ron Hextall, who turned in his strongest performance of the preseason despite losing. Hextall, who will back up John Vanbiesbrouck this season, deserved a better fate.
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October 2, 1998 | ASSOCIATED PRESS Inquirer staff writer Tim Panaccio contributed to this report
Eric Lindros collected two goals and two assists as the Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, in NHL preseason play last night. Lindros, whose six preseason goals lead the league, needed just 25 seconds to score against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. He knocked the puck loose from Kirk Maltby to the right of the Detroit net, and it bounced between the legs of goaltender Chris Osgood. Lindros figured in two shorthanded goals that gave the Flyers (4-1-1) a 3-2 lead after two periods.
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June 30, 1994 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Flyers have to get better in their own end, president/general manager Bob Clarke and coach Terry Murray agree. They feel they took a step in that direction toward the end of the NHL entry draft when they traded defenseman Yves Racine to Montreal for defenseman Kevin Haller. From a distance, Racine and Haller look fairly similar - former first-round picks with lots of talent who haven't put it all together, each heading for his third NHL organization already. But the Flyers said they think there is a difference.
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April 26, 2012
TO WANDER around the Flyers' dressing room during their playoff interregnum - no start date for the next round, no opponent yet identified, no questions worth asking after the first day - is to witness the impossible: Defensemen. Lots of them. Seemingly growing healthier. Depth getting deeper. The venerable-and-essential Kimmo Timonen, who has been patched together physically for months now, talks about what could end up being a weeklong layoff and smiles easily and says, "To be honest, I need it. " But to walk among the rest of the defensemen at their locker stalls is to see legitimate hope that Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossmann could be back at some point from their injuries, and legitimate production from Erik Gustafsson as a fill-in at the end of the Pittsburgh series.
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March 10, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, and the rest of the Flyers use an almost-reverent tone when talking about teammate Jaromir Jagr. As it turns out, so does the rest of the league. Jagr downplayed it, but NHL players showed their deep respect for the winger, naming him one of the game's top players. At age 40. In a players poll conducted by the Hockey News, Jagr was ranked as the league's 18th-best player. He was ahead of such stars as Corey Perry (19th), the league's MVP last season; Zach Parise (29th)
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January 22, 2006 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Petr Nedved, the newest Flyer, is comfortable around talent. He was born in the small city of Liberec in the Czech Republic, where Petr Klima, Robert Reichel, Jiri Slegr and ex-Flyer Petr Svoboda plied their trade. He got accustomed to NHL-caliber players. "I've played with some greats," said Nedved, who has spent time with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. "I played with Gretzky in New York. Brett Hull. Lemieux, Jagr, Francis, Bure, Messier. The list goes on. " His current list includes Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble, Sami Kapanen and Michal Handzus.
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June 21, 2003 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The hunt for No. 1 was on yesterday, with the Flyers, New York Islanders and Dallas Stars among the top three bidders for the Florida Panthers' top overall pick in today's NHL draft. According to one NHL personnel source, the Flyers are in the mix even though general manager Bob Clarke said yesterday afternoon he didn't think he had a shot. The Flyers want to get the top pick so can they tab goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who many scouts believe will become a franchise player in the NHL someday.
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May 13, 2003 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers and goalie Roman Cechmanek are parting company. General manager Bob Clarke said yesterday during his annual postseason wrap-up that neither side is entirely happy with the other and that he intends to trade his goalie or, failing that, release him. "It would be very difficult to bring Roman back, and I don't think he wants to come back," Clarke said, "after talking to his agent. You could tell by Roman's response at the end of the year. He felt fans didn't like him and felt he was getting all the blame for what was going on. " Petr Svoboda, Cechmanek's agent, had a different take when reached in the Czech Republic.
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September 14, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If there is any lingering bitterness about what transpired in April, during Game 4 of the Flyers' playoff series with Ottawa, when goalie Roman Cechmanek tried to surrender, it won't be an issue in training camp. So said Ken Hitchcock, the Flyers' new coach, and his players after day one of camp, which opened yesterday at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, Camden County. Team captain Keith Primeau met privately with Cechmanek on Wednesday. Hitchcock had asked him to make certain that if there was any "backwater," it would be gone by the time camp began.
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May 7, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers are not rushing to name a new coach. General manager Bob Clarke made clear yesterday that the team will proceed deliberately in its search for a successor to Bill Barber, who was fired last week. Whoever gets the job will be the Flyers' sixth coach in as many years. "There are no interviews scheduled yet," Clarke said. "We've put together a list of some names. Some will be eliminated. Some will be added. Some are in the playoffs, and some are not working. " Clarke said he and club chairman Ed Snider intend to go over all the possibilities with assistant GM Paul Holmgren, after Holmgren returns from Sweden, where he is attending the world championships.
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May 5, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aside from finding a new head coach, there are several player issues that the Flyers must address this summer. Perhaps the biggest is what to do about their goaltending. As well as Roman Cechmanek and Brian Boucher played this season, Cechmanek's temper tantrum and apparent attempt to take himself out of Game 4 against Ottawa in the playoffs has caused a rift with the club. Many of his teammates believe he quit on them. His agent, Petr Svoboda, says that he realizes the team has turned on his client and that Cechmanek must be traded for both sides' sake.
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May 2, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The NHL fined Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn $30,000 yesterday for criticizing officials during his team's first-round playoff series victory over the New York Islanders. Toronto eliminated the Islanders with a 4-2 win in Game 7 on Tuesday night. The Leafs will begin their second-round series against the Ottawa Senators tonight in Toronto. Quinn coached the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals against the Islanders in 1980. Tampa Bay defenseman Petr Svoboda, who hadn't played since suffering a concussion in December 2000, retired after 18 seasons in the NHL. The 36-year-old native of the Czech Republic played in 1,028 games with Montreal, Buffalo, the Flyers and the Lightning, who acquired him from the Flyers in 1998.
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April 28, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Petr Svoboda, the agent who represents Roman Cechmanek and Jiri Dopita, said yesterday that given what happened this season with his clients, it might be better if they were traded. In Game 4 of the playoff series between the Flyers and Ottawa Senators, Cechmanek exploded with a tamper tantrum at center ice, yelling at his teammates and appearing to ask to be taken out of the game. Svoboda acknowledged that the tirade would make it difficult for Cechmanek to remain a Flyer, since his teammates probably have lost faith in him. "It might be better for both my players if [general manager]
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