September 12, 2015 |
Just because general manager Ron Hextall, whose franchise has many promising prospects who may not be quite NHL-ready, is building toward the future doesn't mean the Flyers won't be a factor in this season's playoff hunt. That was the sentiment of Ed Snider, the team's longtime chairman, during an interview Thursday at his Wells Fargo Center office. "I think Hexy saying he is going to be patient with the kids was misinterpreted that he was being patient with wanting to win," said Snider, 82, looking trim and tanned.
September 10, 2015 |
WHEN ASKED his biggest concern heading into next week's training camp, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall talked at length about getting off to a good start, a problem that plagued the Flyers in the last two seasons. The Flyers were winless in their first four games last year and never recovered after starting 8-12-3 in the first two months. In an effort to change that, training camp will be held in its entirety in Vorhees, N.J., starting with Monday's rookie camp. Veterans report next Thursday for physicals and hit the ice the following day. And while Hextall's message is clear, that a slow start won't be tolerated, it perhaps minimizes the team's most glaring problem from 2014-15: the offense.
September 5, 2015 |
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has a new coach and a new training camp plan, and he hopes they energize the franchise. In May, the University of North Dakota's Dave Hakstol was named the 19th coach in Flyers history. "I think it was the right move for the organization," Hextall said in a wide-ranging news conference at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Thursday. "I'm excited about it, just to have a fresh set of eyes and thoughts - and move forward from what was a disappointing season.
September 4, 2015
The Flyers will open their three-day rookie camp Sept. 14 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, general manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday. The camp will consist of on-ice sessions beginning at 9:45 a.m. each day. The sessions are free and open to the public. A total of 24 players are scheduled to take part in the camp, including first-round picks Ivan Provorov (2015) and Travis Konecny (2015), Travis Sanheim (2014), Sam Morin (2013), and Scott Laughton (2012). The Flyers' training camp starts Sept.
September 4, 2015 |
EVEN AFTER the Flyers lost Braydon Coburn in last year's season opener to a lower-body injury that kept him out a month, general manager Ron Hextall was content - happy, actually - that defensive prospect Sam Morin hadn't made the big club out of training camp. Then 19, the 6-7 Morin was sent back to juniors to play in Quebec. "In the end, there is no doubt in my mind we made the best choice, and it's tempting," Hextall said. "You've got a big guy, and he's kind of the type of player that we need - big guy, he skates well, he's got a good defensive stick, so a lot of good things there.
August 7, 2015 |
THIS WAS always the situation the Flyers and their two top-line stars would be in when this offseason started. Jakub Voracek's 81 points last season and three straight seasons of solid production made it obvious he wasn't going to hit free agency when his four-year deal ran out after next season. The only question that needed an answer was how much the right wing, who turns 26 next Saturday, would command from the Flyers. That question was answered last week when general manager Ron Hextall locked in the Czech Republic native by extending him through the 2024 season with a salary-cap hit of $8.25 million per year, just under the $8.275 million of his linemate, captain Claude Giroux.
August 1, 2015 |
The Flyers locked up Jake Voracek for the long term Thursday, signing the forward to a reported eight-year, $66 million contract extension. Voracek was golfing when he heard the news and joked that it messed up his game. But missed putts aside, the 25-year-old is excited about the extension. "I knew something was going to get done," Voracek said on a conference call Thursday. ". . . It's good that it came this early, so now we can focus on everything else. " Voracek, who led the Flyers with a career-high 81 points last season, still has one year left on his four-year, $17 million contract.
July 30, 2015 |
SEAN COUTURIER stepped onto the ice last night for an offseason workout in Drummondville, Quebec - where he played his junior hockey - and did so knowing he had some newfound security in his life. The Flyers' first-round pick in the 2011 draft, chosen eighth overall, was entering the final year of a two-year, $3.5 million contract that would have left him as a restricted free agent following the 2015-16 season. Now, he's signed through 2022. The Flyers and Couturier agreed on a reported six-year extension worth about $26 million.
July 24, 2015 |
GENERAL MANAGERS, no matter the sport, typically keep things close to their vest when talking about the state of their rosters. And for good reason. But when Flyers boss Ron Hextall said in the weeks leading up to the draft that he didn't think there would be much roster turnover this offseason, perhaps all his cards were on the table. The Flyers were around $2 million under the NHL's $71.4 million salary-cap limit going into the offseason. But Hextall was able to work a little magic to improve the roster, even if the result was what he said was about $350,000 in space right now. Hextall was being honest when he spoke in late June, because there hasn't been much roster turnover from last season's team, which finished 33-31-18 and 14 points out of the playoffs.