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October 5, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SAM MORIN was summoned to Ron Hextall's office yesterday morning when he reported to the team's practice facility. As the 6-7 teenager lumbered up the stairs, Morin probably had a strong sense of his impending assignment, given that he wasn't a part of the Flyers' lineup in their preseason finale in Washington on Thursday. When the general manager delicately broke the news that the young defenseman needed to pack his bags to return to his junior team in Quebec, he had one question.
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October 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, once known as the Broad Street Bullies, put winger Jay Rosehill on waivers Thursday and will start the season without a heavyweight enforcer for the first time since the early 1970s. What in the name of Dave Schultz is going on here? Enforcers, Flyers coach Craig Berube said after Friday's practice in Voorhees, are needed less today than in the past. "I think everybody knows that," he said. "You look at the rules, look at the game, look at everything. " Over the years, the Flyers have had more than 30 enforcers, including Dave Schultz, Paul Holmgren, Ed Hospodar, Glen Cochrane, Dave Brown, Donald Brashear, Berube, Riley Cote, and Jody Shelley.
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October 4, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Based on general manager Ron Hextall's denial of a report that he was trying to trade Luke Schenn or Nick Grossmann, the Flyers used their expected opening-night defense Thursday night when they closed their preseason with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals. Sam Morin, 19, was not one of the six defensemen, which would seem to indicate that he will soon be sent back to his junior team - unless the Flyers trade a veteran defenseman. "He's played a lot of games and is a little tired," coach Craig Berube said before the game.
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October 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Looking back, R.J. Umberger knows exactly when he became more than a man, or maybe less of one. It was Sept. 21, 2011. He signed a five-year, $23 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets that day. Umberger had scored at least 23 goals in each of his previous three seasons, had emerged as a fixture on the team's power-play and penalty-killing units, and presumed he'd be part of Columbus' core with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard for...
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October 3, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
IMAGINE, FOR one second, that the names and numbers were removed from the Flyers' jerseys during training camp. Imagine that contracts and salary-cap information were thrown out the window. Imagine that age really was just a number and experience counted only for as much as length of service in the NHL Players Association pension plan. Then judge the Flyers' defense. Pick the best six players and give them a name and a uniform number on Opening Night next Wednesday. Judging by that criteria alone, few who closely watched the Flyers this preseason would not have prospect Shayne Gostisbehere in their lineup at the Garden on Causeway Street in Boston.
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October 3, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The latest rumor barely rolled off a reporter's tongue and Ron Hextall grinned, albeit only for a second. "I'm not going to talk about trades," Hextall said. "But I will give you one other piece of advice: Don't believe everything you read. " The rumor, from TSN's Bob McKenzie, said Hextall is actively shopping a defenseman - particularly Luke Schenn or Nick Grossmann - in order to open up a space in the lineup for 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin. Hextall wasn't happy.
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September 29, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time since the Phantoms left Philadelphia in 2009, local fans will have a stronger connection between the AHL affiliate and its parent club, the Flyers. Proximity is the reason. After five seasons in Upstate New York, the Phantoms have relocated to Allentown, a 1-hour, 15-minute ride from Philadelphia. The closer distance makes it easier for Flyers fans to attend games and get a look at the big-league team's future. It also means Flyers general manager Ron Hextall and some of the scouting brass will be more frequent visitors to Lehigh Valley games.
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September 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is gambling that a change of scenery will help defenseman Michael Del Zotto get back to the form he displayed when he was named to the NHL's all-rookie team with the New York Rangers in 2009-10. Back then, Del Zotto appeared ticketed for stardom. Fast-forward to last season. Del Zotto struggled on defense, and he was taken off the power-play unit. He was eventually dealt to Nashville and found himself a healthy scratch numerous times. When the free-agency period opened in July, Del Zotto, 24, drew little interest.
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September 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Flyers open their preseason schedule with a split-squad game Monday night against Washington at the Wells Fargo Center, they will showcase what appears to be their new No. 1 defensive pairing: Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald. MacDonald, 28, is looking forward to getting more chances to shut down opponents' top lines this season. "You want to be out there in all the high-level situations, the important ones, and help your team win," said MacDonald, who led the NHL with 242 blocked shots last season while playing for the Islanders and Flyers.
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September 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
As star center Claude Giroux took a long, slow walk to the locker room Friday morning, you couldn't blame the Flyers if their season passed in front of their eyes. Fifteen minutes into their first day of camp in Voorhees, Giroux, the team's high-scoring captain, left the ice because of what the team later called a lower-body injury. New general manager Ron Hextall said Giroux would be sidelined for about two weeks. Giroux missed most of last year's camp after a bizarre golf injury in which he splintered his right index finger, requiring tendon surgery.
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