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April 29, 2016
Upset with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Brayden Schenn for the first three games of next season, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is considering an appeal. According to the collective-bargaining agreement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman would hear the appeal if it is filed. Schenn was suspended for charging Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 of the opening-round series on Sunday. The Capitals won, 1-0, and eliminated the Flyers from the NHL playoffs. "I was very surprised," Hextall said of the decision.
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April 29, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
As a young goaltender, Ron Hextall had little patience and zero tolerance. He arrived in the NHL at the age of 22 believing he was good enough to lead the Flyers to a Stanley Cup title as a rookie, and he darn near was. And God help you if you skated a little too close to his crease. With his 52nd birthday just a few days away and his second season as the Flyers general manager just a few days behind him, Hextall is far more under control and most definitely in command of the direction the Flyers are headed.
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April 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to retain Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but he hasn't closed the door on trading one of the goalies if the right deal comes along. "I don't believe that's a strength that you want to weaken," Hextall said Wednesday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. "The old saying, 'Wayne Gretzky got traded, right, so?' I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No, I wouldn't trade anybody on our team,' because the reality of it is, if the deal was right it's my job to strengthen our team and the organization.
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April 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had a career year, but next season already has started off on the wrong skate. Schenn was suspended for three games at the start of next season for charging into Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 on Sunday, the NHL announced Tuesday. The 1-0 playoff loss ended the Flyers' season. "I know they were obviously watching me close in that series," said Schenn, who got away with a cross-check to the back of Evgeny Kuznetsov's leg in Game 4. "To be honest, I didn't even know I hit Oshie in the head.
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April 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers are a year ahead of schedule. By using a late-season surge to earn a surprising playoff berth and then extending Stanley Cup favorite Washington to six games, young players Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Cousins, and Brandon Manning gained unexpected and invaluable experience. In addition, Vinny Lecavalier's retirement assures them of $2.25 million in increased salary-cap space and could help them land a much-needed top-six forward in the offseason free-agent market. The Flyers (41-27-14)
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April 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
In 2014, Michal Neuvirth was traded from Washington to Buffalo because the Capitals thought Braden Holtby was their goalie of the future. Two years later, the unflappable Neuvirth is punishing his former team. Since being inserted into the lineup with the Flyers trailing by three games to none, Neuvirth is 2-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a ridiculous .987 save percentage, carrying the Flyers back into the playoff series. "He gave us life," captain Claude Giroux said.
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April 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby has been a major difference maker as the Capitals have taken three straight games from the Flyers in their opening-round playoff series. Whether Holtby is able to compete in Game 4 Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center remains to be seen. Holtby left practice Tuesday after a collision with a teammate. He was favoring his left leg. As for his status, Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters, "He just got nicked up, went off and we will see where he is tomorrow.
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April 21, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers fourth-line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was suspended for one game Tuesday for his hit on the Capitals' Dmitry Orlov late in Washington's 6-1 win Monday. Bellemare, who checked Orlov from behind and knocked him into the boards, will not be able to play in Game 4 Wednesday against the visiting Caps. Orlov slowed down before being hit. The NHL's suspension leaves the Flyers without two of their top penalty killers: Bellemare and Sean Couturier, who suffered a shoulder injury in Game 1. Ryan White may move from right wing to center on the fourth line, and Colin McDonald could be inserted at right wing on that unit.
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April 21, 2016 | Marcus Hayes, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
WHEN, EVENTUALLY, everyone can step back and see the forest instead of the trees, the landscape should be particularly pleasing if your winter fetish involves the color orange. It is adorable to see this pack of puppies think it can run with the big dogs. It is amusing to watch delusional supporters react with indignation at losses on the ice and losers who throw things on it. The Flyers face elimination Wednesday night at the hands of the Washington Capitals. It is the first of what they hope will be at least three elimination games.
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April 21, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Michal Neuvirth could see this question coming after Game 2, as he sat next to Steve Mason in the visiting locker room at the Verizon Center, the two of them putting forks to paper plates loaded with grilled chicken and pasta with red sauce. A couple of hours earlier, a puck had completed a 101-foot journey by sliding through Mason's legs and into the net for a stunning, freakish goal in a Flyers loss to the Capitals, and Neuvirth didn't even have to raise his head to issue a preemptive two-word response to anyone who wanted a postgame comment from him. "No way," he said, and kept on digging into his dinner.
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