December 17, 2015 |
BACK WHEN they were finishing in first or second perennially during the Lindros era, the Flyers would often drive their fans crazy by dropping games against second-division clubs. Those teams would treat the game as a barometer to their progress or potential. The Flyers would see it not necessarily as a night off, but one that did not require maximum effort. Sometimes they were wrong, leaving the false impression that something was lacking in their mettle. More often, they were right, although sometimes not without a frantic finish.
June 19, 2014 |
LARRY ZEIDEL, a colorful member of the Flyers' inaugural roster in 1967-68, passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Zeidel skated in just 66 games for the Flyers but became a household name in town after a vicious stick-swinging duel with Boston's Eddie Shack on March 7, 1968. Bruins star Phil Esposito later recalled in a book that Zeidel and Shack were "swinging their sticks like battle axes. " Zeidel, 39 at the time, was suspended for four games. His trade to the Flyers from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Oct. 23, 1967, presented the opportunity to return to the NHL for the first time since 1954.
February 6, 2014 |
AFTER ESCORTING Bill Barber and Brian Propp to the 1982 NHL All-Star Game, Flyers director of team services Joe Kadlec returned to the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington and stopped at the bar for a drink. When Kadlec arrived at the lounge, he saw not one but two familiar faces singing on stage near the piano. The first one, singer and actress Gloria Loring - married to Alan Thicke at the time - was easily recognizable. The second one, his boss and Flyers general manager Keith Allen, was a little more surprising.
October 25, 2013 |
THE NEW coach says they need to "concentrate more. " The old defenseman, the one just demoted to the second power-play unit because of an inability to get the puck to the net, says "sometimes you think too much. " So which is it? Or is it - can it be? - both? Does 11 goals in eight games mean the Philadelphia Flyers are trying too hard or not trying hard enough? Are they thinking out there or, as it appears at times, not thinking at all? "When you're on a roll you don't think," Kimmo Timonen, the 15-year veteran defenseman, was saying after practice at Flyers SkateZone in Voorhees yesterday.
September 16, 2013 |
Left winger Simon Gagne sharply criticized Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren in an interview with LaPresse, saying he was misled about getting a contract. Gagne, 33, who has said he wanted to finish his career with the Flyers, is an unrestricted free agent who is searching for a team. "All summer, the Philadelphia Flyers kept hinting that they wanted to offer me a new contract, and I even told Robert Sauve, my agent, not to negotiate with other teams," Gagne told LaPresse, a French-language daily in Montreal.
July 10, 2013 |
FROM THE time Sam Morin first put on a pair of skates at age 6, he was engaging in fights with kids bigger and older than he was. The Flyers' first-round pick in the recent draft plans to bring that same aggressive style to Philadelphia. At 6-6, 206 pounds, Morin was the tallest player selected in this year's draft and is considered to be an enforcer on the ice. Last season with Rimouski Océanic, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the defensemen tallied four goals and 12 assists in 46 games.
July 31, 2012
John McCarthy , a Northeast Catholic graduate from Cinnaminson, who spent the summer playing for the Ocean City Nor'easters of the USL Premier Development League, was named to the all-Eastern Conference team, announced Monday by the United Soccer Leagues. McCarthy played 14 of 17 regular-season games in goal, registering 67 saves and recording a .725 goals-against average. He helped the squad to a 13-3 record as well as the Mid-Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles. The team finished with the third best record in the 73-team Premier Development League, including all conferences.
April 22, 2012 |
THE DAY WAS May 9, 1974. Bobby Clarke had just scored two goals against the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, including the game-winner in overtime. The Flyers had not won a game in Boston in 7 years and 19 attempts, and that moment is widely viewed as the turning point of a series that brought the Flyers their first Cup. That day, his coach, Fred Shero, said, "You know, Clarke is the best player in the league, not just from me . . . [The Russians think] Clarke, he's the best we have over here.
December 16, 2011 |
MONTREAL - Five surgeries in the last 16 months. Countless fractures, torn knee ligaments and muscle strains over the 18 years of his Hall of Fame career. Chris Pronger can deal with all of those things. Headaches, nausea and perpetual fatigue are entirely different. Pronger can have a baseball catch in his backyard with his sons, Jack and George, with a surgically repaired wrist, or ride a bike with his daughter, Lilah, with a rubber knee. He can't do any of those things if he is too woozy or too tired to get out of bed. That's part of the reason why Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren shocked the hockey world last night by announcing that Pronger will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season and playoffs with "severe postconcussion syndrome.
May 16, 2011
ONCE AGAIN, the Flyers were whipped in the playoffs in embarrassing fashion. The team took after its captain, Mike Richards, who assured everyone that despite their failure to show up for anything in the last 25 games of the season except to collect their paychecks, they would be fine in the playoffs. The No. 1 problem for the Flyers, as it was last year, and seemingly every year, has been their absolute refusal to get a legitimate goalie. Ed Snider apparently has been so ticked off that Bernie Parent, and not his precious Bobby Clarke, was given the lion's share of the credit for the team's two Stanley Cups that he has stocked his organization full of those who believe they can win with anybody in goal.