February 7, 2008 |
No Flyers goalie ever fed off the negative energy of a hostile road environment better than Ron Hextall. It was one of many reasons that Hextall was such an enormous NHL attraction during the 11 seasons he spent in orange and black. "I've been asked that about Philly," Hextall said last night at the Wachovia Center before to his induction into the Flyers Hall of Fame. "When you come and see 15,000 screaming people there, if you're not ready for the game, you get pumped up in a hurry.
February 6, 2008 |
Even if you had your eyes closed, you knew Ron Hextall was guarding the net. All you had to do was listen, and you'd hear the loud clang of Hextall's stick against the uprights and the crossbar, a ritual but also a sort of siren call that the goalie was daring any shooter to come his way. Of course, when Hextall was playing goal for the Flyers 20 years ago, you wanted to keep your eyes open, focused on him, because you never knew what you...
December 7, 2007 |
Goaltender Martin Biron has the unenviable task of ending the Flyers' vicious win-lose cycle tonight when the Flyers meet the Colorado Avalanche. The Flyers have not won two games in a row since Nov. 10 and 12 against Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders. They beat Minnesota, 3-1, on Wednesday. "We played extremely well . . . and we want to keep building on that," Biron said yesterday. ". . . My part is to make the big saves early on to give ourselves that little bit of confidence to play well the rest of the game.
March 28, 2007 |
The Flyers' goalie roulette wheel has been mothballed. Yesterday, general manager Paul Holmgren signed Martin Biron to a two-year, $7 million deal as the club's confirmed No. 1 goalie. "You can never discount solid goaltending," Holmgren said. "At the end of the day, you have to have it no matter how many goals you score. You have to have a guy who can make the timely saves and your team has confidence in. " Biron appears to be that goaltender. The Flyers have had 16 goaltenders - including Biron - since 1994-95, when Bob Clarke began his second stint as their GM. Other than Bernie Parent (486 games)
June 14, 2006 |
The Flyers announced yesterday that they have named Dave Brown as director of player personnel. The former Flyers winger replaces Ron Hextall, who became the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings. "We have always liked Dave and felt that he was a Flyer," general manager Bob Clarke said. ". . . Dave's main job will still be pro scouting, but he will have other responsibilities as well. " Brown, 43, was the New York Rangers' head professional scout for the last three seasons.
May 26, 2006 |
During a trip to Florida two years ago, Flyers president Ron Ryan lamented how much of his children's growing up he had missed, being in Philadelphia while his children lived in South Florida. Yesterday, the 67-year-old hockey executive announced his retirement after 18 years with the club, essentially to begin anew with three of his four younger children, Doug, Kaitland, and especially Tenley, a sophomore in high school. "It's something that it was time for me to do, personally," said Ryan, who is moving to Palm City, Fla. "It was absolutely my decision.
January 21, 2006 |
The last time Flyers goalie Robert Esche played was Dec. 15 against the Vancouver Canucks. That night, he reinjured his right groin and hasn't played since. That will change this afternoon when Esche returns to the lineup as the Penguins welcome the Flyers to Pittsburgh on NBC. "They asked me if I wanted to play and I said, 'Yes.' It was that simple," Esche said yesterday. He added that, while his MRI cleared him medically, there was some fluid in his groin. "I'm excited," he said.
March 26, 2004 |
Long-distance goals haven't haunted the Flyers since the latter days of Ron Hextall. Suddenly, it's either a cause for concern or a genuine fluke with Robert Esche. His reaction time last night was slow during a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders that ruined Jeremy Roenick's return to the ice after a 19-game absence with a fractured jaw and concussion. Esche yielded goals from great distance early to rob any momentum the Flyers were trying to generate. That's three goals from just south of Ridley Park in the last seven days that have sailed past him. "It's just a bad performance, no other way to look at it," Esche said.
March 4, 2004 |
Dave Poulin could have been an NHL coach. He is said to have the capabilities of a general manager. Yet for the last nine years, the former Flyers center has stayed where he believes he serves the better good - Notre Dame, where he is a coach and mentor. While there, he has turned out a doctor, a dentist, three lawyers, several Wall Street analysts, and graduate students at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Chicago. The university environment, not pro sports, is where Poulin feels most comfortable.
March 30, 2003 |
Goalie Roman Cechmanek has been a Flyer all of three seasons. Around the NHL, he goes mostly unnoticed against the likes of proven Stanley Cup winners such as Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Ed Belfour. In his own quiet, unassuming way, Cechmanek, who closely resembles Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), has carved a niche for himself. Last night, the 32-year-old passed Ron Hextall, who played 11 years as a Flyer, with his 19th career shutout as the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at the First Union Center.