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SPORTS
April 13, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Even in his failing days as he battled bladder cancer, Ed Snider had the urge to let general manager Ron Hextall know how much a Stanley Cup playoff run would mean to him - and to subtly suggest that maybe, just maybe, it might be a good idea to make a deal. Snider, who died at his California home Monday at 83, was known for being impatient and signing high-priced free agents during many of his years as the Flyer chairman. However, after Hextall became the GM two years ago, Snider was on board with his plans to rebuild the team through the draft.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - For the first time in 25 days, Michal Neuvirth was in the net as the Flyers finished their regular season Sunday night against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center. Neuvirth, who had been sidelined by a knee injury, got a start to get some of the rust off in case he is needed in the playoffs. The Czech Republic native wasn't tested much, however, as the Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit and defeated the tank-happy Islanders, 5-2, as Michael Raffl collected a goal and two assists.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ED SNIDER hopped a cyber ride this weekend, Lauren Hart holding up her cellphone toward the singing fat lady he and his team made an eternal hockey symbol, an unintended symbol of his world view as well, even before he personally gave those Rooskies hell. "If Ed Snider can't be in the arena," Hart told anyone who asked, "I'll bring the arena to him. " Up on the scoreboard, Kate Smith was still a robust 67 years old, belting out her piece of God Bless America. Grainy a bit but no worse for the wear, she and her voice suspended forever in 1974, forever in time, or at least for as long as the Flyers play hockey.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - During Dave Hakstol's first summer-development camp with the Flyers, weeks after they'd hired him from the University of North Dakota, months before he led them to an improbable playoff berth, he did something out of character for even a neophyte NHL head coach. On the ice, going through drills and small scrimmages, were young players from all levels of the Flyers' organization, some who might get called up during the season, others who would spend the year in the minors or juniors, few who would see Hakstol again anytime soon.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
STANDING in the hallway outside the Gene Hart press box, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall pointed out that any meaningful game at this stage of the season is good experience. Well, the Flyers are about to have a very educational weekend. Thursday night's loss to the Maple Leafs, the NHL's worst team, would have been more dismal if not for Wayne Simmonds' goal in the final minute. The point the Flyers earned by forcing overtime allowed them to maintain control of their postseason hopes, albeit precariously.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - Defenseman Travis Sanheim and forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel, the Flyers' first two selections in the 2014 draft, will make their pro debuts Friday for the Phantoms in their AHL game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Both joined the Phantoms this week after their junior seasons ended. Lehigh Valley has six games remaining. Phantoms coach Scott Gordon told reporters that playing the final two weeks of the season in the AHL would "give them the feeling of what expectations are, what the pace of the play is like.
SPORTS
April 7, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
A day after Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that defenseman Andrew MacDonald would not play Wednesday in a crucial game in Detroit, there could now be a change of heart. MacDonald, who was slammed into the boards during a 6-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday, participated fully during a brief practice Tuesday at the Skate Zone. Even though MacDonald is still listed as day to day with an upper-body injury, he will make the trip to Detroit. "A decision will be made [Wednesday]
SPORTS
April 6, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald might have suffered a concussion when he was slammed into the boards Sunday in a 6-2 loss in Pittsburgh. He will not be able to play Wednesday in a key game in Detroit, general manager Ron Hextall announced Monday. Hextall would call it only an upper-body injury. Evgeny Medvedev, a healthy scratch for the last 11 games, will replace MacDonald, who is tied for second on the team with a plus-8 rating and has played well since replacing the injured Michael Del Zotto.
SPORTS
April 5, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Michal Neuvirth, who hasn't played since a 3-2 win in Chicago on March 16 because of a knee injury, will resume skating Monday but is still a long shot to be ready during the final weekend of the regular season, general manager Ron Hextall said. "Is it impossible? No," Hextall said Sunday when asked if Neuvirth could play next weekend. He said it would depend on how Neuvirth feels and what he can do on the ice. "There's a possibility, but a probability, I'd say no. " If the Flyers make the playoffs, Hextall said, he believes Neuvirth would be ready for the opening round.
NEWS
April 1, 2016
IT'S NOT a philosophy I buy into, but there is merit in the argument that a team that didn't win a championship has accomplished as much as a team that finished last. That's the argument many Sixers fans have made by saying a team that's in its third straight last-place season is better off than if it were stuck in a cycle of low playoff seeds and early postseason exits. I understand that frustration. Still, no one can convince me that what we've seen from the Sixers is as intriguing as what we've seen from the Flyers.
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