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December 14, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let's make it perfectly clear: Flyers left winger Riley Cote is a fighter, not a playmaker. That's why he could go scoreless for nine-plus months and still be a valuable member of the Flyers. Much like Dave Schultz in the Stanley Cup years of far too many yesterdays, Cote changes a game's momentum with his fists. Heck, he was named one of the game's three stars last season because he won a fight over Ottawa's Brian McGrattan - who was apparently trying to avenge a preseason hit given by Steve Downie - that sparked the Flyers to a win. On Tuesday, Cote also energized the Flyers and got them out of a 2-0 hole against the New York Islanders.
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October 3, 2006 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just one week after Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock announced he wouldn't carry an enforcer this season but rely instead on "team toughness," the club changed directions yesterday with the addition of Riley Cote. Cote likes to fight, is easily identified by a frequent black eye, and had 259 penalty minutes (vs. three goals) with the Phantoms last season. "I'm not out there looking to score goals," Cote said. "Obviously, it's nice to chip in, but I think just being responsible defensively and being a physical presence and dealing with whoever needs to be dealt with is the reason I have a role on this team.
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July 26, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Flyers re-signed left wingers Riley Cote and Boyd Kane yesterday. Kane signed a two-year contract, while Cote signed for one year. Financial terms were not disclosed. Kane, 29, had no goals and two assists in 15 games for the Flyers last season. He had 10 goals and 22 assists in 57 games for the Phantoms. In eight games with the Flyers, Cote, 25, did not have a point. He had a goal and four assists in 37 games with the Phantoms.
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June 9, 2007 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers re-signed Swedish defenseman Lars Jonsson yesterday to a one-year, two-way contract. Jonsson likely won't start with the Flyers, but if he does, he will get a nice raise over the $450,000 he earned last season. He will be paid $600,000. "He told us he wanted to come back," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "We challenged him. He has to show us something more to be in the NHL. He's played some good games with the Phantoms, but he needs to take that next step. " Jonsson had a high-ankle sprain to open training camp and never quite found his skates.
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July 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have hired a coach with NHL experience to guide the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The team announced Monday that Scott Gordon, 52, will coach the Phantoms, replacing Terry Murray, who is now an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres. Gordon is looking forward to working with the team's prospects. "It's really exciting," Gordon said in a conference call with reporters. He served as an assistant for three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-14.
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March 8, 2008 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Believe it or not, Riley Cote had a normal upbringing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. No one dropped the Flyers' enforcer on his head as a kid, unleashing the brute that lurked within. The way Cote explains it, you'd have thought he was a throwback from the hippie generation. Love, peace, flowers in his wavy, always wet black hair. "As a kid? Not really a fighter," said Cote, who turns 26 next week. "I was in the odd street fight and stuff like that, but I was a pretty peaceful guy. I never had any enemies.
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July 2, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
One by one, the Flyers plucked defensemen off the list yesterday. First it was trading for Andrej Meszaros. Then it was re-signing Braydon Coburn. Free agent Sean O'Donnell signed shortly thereafter. As those players became the latest to join the Flyers' fold, and eat up the available salary-cap room, goaltenders around the league began to sign with teams. Former Flyer Marty Biron signed with the Rangers just after 12 noon for 2 years. Antero Niittymaki landed as the San Jose Sharks' next starter with a 2-year deal.
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May 29, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Outlining the next season before the final playoff series of the current one could even commence, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave his annual State of the League address yesterday at the United Center. Bettman divulged that the next Winter Classic, featuring Washington and Pittsburgh, will take place at the Steelers' Heinz Field on Jan. 1, 2011. He also said the NHL will add a second outdoor game, in Calgary, pitting the Flames against Montreal on Feb. 20 in the reincarnation of the Heritage Classic.
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November 3, 2008 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
Jared Ross, the first NHL player born and raised in Alabama, filled in nicely on the Flyers' fourth line. With Andreas Nodl out of the lineup with an undisclosed lower-body injury, Ross chipped in with a valuable 8 minutes, 40 seconds of ice time. While he isn't completely new to the team (yesterday was his third career game) and he didn't notch any noteworthy points, Ross proved he is a more-than capable fourth-liner. Ross led the Phantoms last year with 39 assists and 62 points.
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July 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have hired a coach with NHL experience to guide the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The team announced Monday that Scott Gordon, 52, will coach the Phantoms, replacing Terry Murray, who is now an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres. Gordon is looking forward to working with the team's prospects. "It's really exciting," Gordon said in a conference call with reporters. He served as an assistant for three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-14.
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August 24, 2012 | By Dan Gross
FORMER FLYERS BRUISER Riley Cote wants you to know that just because he founded an organization called Hemp Heals, that does not make him a pothead. Cote, whose foundation is sponsoring a Saturday concert at Festival Pier featuring Cypress Hill and Sublime , says he was inspired to launch a pro-hemp charity when his sister Jaime , who has multiple sclerosis, found that eating foods with hempseed ameliorated her symptoms. Cote, who lives in Delaware when he isn't coaching the Adirondack Phantoms in New York, says he believes in the value of medical marijuana, but the hemp plant he endorses is different from the one that produces the drug, as it contains no THC, the active ingredient in pot. "People are foreign to it, but hemp is a superfood, like almonds," Cote explains.
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August 10, 2010
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday that left winger Riley Cote has retired as a player to become assistant coach of the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Cote will join head coach Greg Gilbert and associate coach Kjell Samuelsson on the Adirondack coaching staff. By clearing Cote's $550,000 salary off the books, the Flyers are nearly $878,000 under the $59.4 million cap. Cote was one of the Flyers' most popular players, but his days were numbered when the club signed enforcer Jody Shelley this summer.
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July 10, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
After more than 3 days of negotiations and fact checking, the Flyers finally came to terms with free agent winger Nikolai Zherdev to bring him back to the NHL. Zherdev, 25, inked a 1-year deal worth $2 million. After playing last season in Russia with Atlant Mystishchi, Zherdev reportedly set his asking price at $4 million, just $100,000 more than a salary arbitrator awarded him last summer. That price was too high for the New York Rangers, who let the then-restricted free agent walk.
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July 2, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
One by one, the Flyers plucked defensemen off the list yesterday. First it was trading for Andrej Meszaros. Then it was re-signing Braydon Coburn. Free agent Sean O'Donnell signed shortly thereafter. As those players became the latest to join the Flyers' fold, and eat up the available salary-cap room, goaltenders around the league began to sign with teams. Former Flyer Marty Biron signed with the Rangers just after 12 noon for 2 years. Antero Niittymaki landed as the San Jose Sharks' next starter with a 2-year deal.
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May 29, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Outlining the next season before the final playoff series of the current one could even commence, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave his annual State of the League address yesterday at the United Center. Bettman divulged that the next Winter Classic, featuring Washington and Pittsburgh, will take place at the Steelers' Heinz Field on Jan. 1, 2011. He also said the NHL will add a second outdoor game, in Calgary, pitting the Flames against Montreal on Feb. 20 in the reincarnation of the Heritage Classic.
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February 28, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When you last saw the Flyers (remember them?), they were one of the NHL's hottest teams. They had won four straight, climbed into the Eastern Conference's sixth spot, and started to show why they were expected to be strong Stanley Cup contenders. Then came the Olympic break, which means when they resume play Tuesday in Tampa Bay, the Flyers will be playing for the first time in 17 days. The layoff has left a host of questions: It shouldn't. For one, the schedule is favorable - five of their next six games are against teams that have more losses than wins.
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November 23, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you're an elite team, you find ways to overcome injuries. The Flyers will spend the next month - or longer - finding out if they fit that description. Yesterday they learned winger/center Darroll Powe and center Blair Betts will miss four to six weeks with shoulder injuries that will not require surgery. With winger Simon Gagne already sidelined following hernia and groin surgery and not expected back until the end of December, the Flyers will be without three key players for at least the next 14 games, including tonight's contest against surprising Colorado.
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October 20, 2009 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
Riley Cote wasn't looking for a new hobby this summer - just something to pass the time during what seemed like an interminable offseason. So when his favorite tattoo artist, Jeff Gemma, asked the Flyers' enforcer to personally tattoo a Flyers logo on his ankle, Cote was stunned. He didn't know what to say to something so . . . permanent. "I had wanted to do it years ago," Gemma said yesterday, shortly after adding more ink to Cote's arm. "I had grown up in Massachusetts and was a big-time Bruins fan but lost touch with the game.
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September 24, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the regular season eight days away, the Flyers have interesting roster decisions ahead of them. Impressive rookie wingers James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala are close to making the roster, prompting the question of whether popular enforcer Riley Cote is in jeopardy. General manager Paul Holmgren said last night that Cote, a left winger who had three points and 174 penalty minutes last season, would start the year with the Flyers. "It's not something I would even consider," Holmgren said of trying to get Cote through waivers and demoting him to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms.
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