October 11, 1998 |
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.
December 29, 1998 |
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.
February 23, 1998 |
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.
July 17, 1996 |
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.
September 11, 1996 |
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.
February 5, 1996 |
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.
May 20, 1997 |
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.
October 3, 1998 |
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.
October 2, 1998 |
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.
June 30, 1994 |
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.