September 22, 2016 |
The Flyers finished 22nd in the NHL in scoring last season, and they managed a total of just six goals - one of them was an empty-netter - in six playoff games against Washington. In short, their forwards lacked creativity, speed and natural scoring ability - three areas that are part of young right winger Travis Konecny's resume. Training camp will determine if he is ready to make the huge leap from the Ontario Hockey League, which he has dominated, to the NHL. "I think I just need to use my speed and play my game," Konecny said after the Flyers opened their rookie camp in Voorhees on Tuesday.
September 21, 2016 |
Many Flyers fans want the team to continue injecting young defensemen into the lineup. Last Nov. 14, after an injury to Mark Streit, Shayne Gostisbehere was promoted from the AHL's Phantoms, and he jump-started the team. Gostisbehere scored 17 goals - a rookie record for a Flyers defenseman - and finished second in the race for rookie of the year. Now it could be Ivan Provorov's turn to be a rookie defenseman in the spotlight. But first he must prove to cautious general manager Ron Hextall and his staff that he deserves a roster spot.
September 9, 2016 |
Dale Weise, the right winger who was the Flyers' biggest free-agent addition in the summer, believes he is just starting to reach his prime and can build off a career-best season. Weise was one of a handful of veterans at the Flyers' practice rink Wednesday even though they don't have to be on the ice until Sept. 23. He is in Voorhees early to get acclimated to his new teammates and the region. "I have two young kids, so it's good to come in and see the area, find out where I need to go," said Weise, 28, whose family is renting a house in Cherry Hill.
September 2, 2016 |
About 31/2 months after he underwent surgeries to repair his right hip and an abdominal tear, Flyers captain Claude Giroux said he is back at full strength and ready for the 2016-17 season. "I feel 100 percent," Giroux said Wednesday after a news conference to unveil the Flyers' 50th anniversary jerseys at One Liberty Observation Deck in Center City. "It's been a long road, but I was in good hands with the trainers in Philly, and I also got a lot of help [during rehabilitation] in Ottawa and right now I feel really good.
August 15, 2016 |
Because of salary-cap restraints, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall didn't make a big splash in the offseason. That could change Monday, though Hextall faces difficult odds as he tries to sign gifted Harvard left winger Jimmy Vesey. Vesey, the Hobey Baker winner as collegiate hockey's top player last season, becomes an unrestricted free agent Monday, and he has many teams courting him. If the Flyers are able to sign him, he could land a spot in their top six this season.
August 8, 2016 |
Lately, anyone who follows Philadelphia sports - the four major pro franchises, that is - has to feel like the last person in line at the DMV. You've taken your number. You're waiting your turn. And you're just hoping that the process, however long it takes, turns out to be less aggravating than the last time you went through it. That's all we're doing now, it seems. We're waiting for the Eagles, the Phillies, the Sixers, and the Flyers to become more competitive, more interesting.
July 29, 2016 |
THE SUMMER of 1990 was a turbulent one in sports. George Steinbrenner was suspended by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent for his involvement with a small-time gambler named Howie Spira. Pete Rose was headed to prison. Bob Clarke had just been fired as the Flyers' general manager. Ron Hextall was holding out for $1 million. (One million! For a goalie!! The nerve!!) And . . . Don King was battling it out with Buster Douglas and his manager in a New York courtroom over the boxer's future, with casino owners Steve Wynn and Donald Trump either directly or indirectly involved and millions of dollars at stake.
July 13, 2016 |
The Flyers signed 24-year-old forward Roman Lyubimov to a one-year, two-way entry-level contract on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Lyubimov spent the last six seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with CSKA Moscow. "He's a big guy. He skates well, plays a solid two-way game," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "We feel like he adds depth to the organization. We'll see how he does in training camp. " Hextall said the team was aware of Lyubimov for the last couple of years, "but he really popped at the World Championships this past year" when he represented Russia and had four goals and four assists in 10 games.
July 12, 2016 |
If overcoming adversity leads to success, center Cole Bardreau should have a solid NHL career. Signed by the Flyers as a free agent last year, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bardreau - who fractured his neck while playing for Cornell in 2013 and was nearly paralyzed - looks like he has a future as a scrappy third- or fourth-line player. "He's tenacious, irritating, hard-working," general manager Ron Hextall said after watching Bardreau at the Flyers' development camp in Voorhees the other day. "Plays hard and plays physical.
July 9, 2016 |
Speedy right winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel, selected by the Flyers in the second round of the 2014 draft, said he benefited from an AHL stint with Lehigh Valley late last season. "The six games I played with the Phantoms helped a lot," Aube-Kubel said after the first day of the Flyers' development camp Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I think I know what to expect for next year, and it also helps me to know what to do this summer. " Playing for Val d'Or in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Aube-Kubel had 38 goals and 84 points in 61 games last season.