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December 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After injuries to two defensemen and a suspension to Radko Gudas, Andrew MacDonald has returned to the Flyers. Promoted from the Phantoms, MacDonald practiced with the Flyers in Voorhees on Monday and replaced the injured Luke Schenn, who is expected to miss two weeks. On Tuesday, when the Flyers host MacDonald's former team, the New York Islanders, the 29-year-old defenseman will be paired with Michael Del Zotto. MacDonald is looking at this stint as an audition to stay with the Flyers, who would have to get creative to fit him under the cap when Mark Streit returns from an injury.
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December 4, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
EARLY IN THE third period of Tuesday night's 4-2 win, Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas delivered a hard hit to Mika Zibanejad after the Ottawa forward controlled a faceoff win in the Senators' offensive zone. The blow to the head knocked Zibanejad out of the game, but Gudas wasn't penalized. Wednesday, though, he was given his punishment. The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced in the morning that Gudas would indeed have a hearing for potential supplemental discipline. And Wednesday evening, it suspended Gudas for three games.
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December 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
OTTAWA - Travis Konecny was all smiles Tuesday morning outside the Flyers' locker room at Canadian Tire Centre, a short drive from the home of his junior team, the Ottawa 67's. The 5-10 forward was chatting with Flyers general manager Ron Hextall - the man who drafted Konecny 24th overall in June - and looking up toward the much taller Hextall with a smile during much of their conversation. Sure, it was good for Konecny to be back around the guys he spent training camp with, but it was also an exciting day for the Flyers' prospect.
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December 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA, Ontario - After sitting out back-to-back games as a healthy scratch, Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning returned to the lineup Tuesday in Ottawa, replacing the injured Nick Schultz. Manning acknowledged he had gotten into a good rhythm by playing six straight games before being benched. "But it's part of the game and you just have to make the best of it," he said before the Flyers faced the Senators. Schultz was injured when he was leveled by the Rangers' 6-foot-5, 220-pound Dylan McIlrath on Saturday.
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December 2, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY ARE one game out of first place. When you say it like that, it doesn't sound so bad. Forget the Eagles' 4-7 record, forget how their last two games played out and flip those easily avoidable losses to the Dolphins, Redskins and the Falcons, we might even be talking about repairing this thing in time to fend off the rest of the miserable slop that inhabits the NFC East Division. But really, what level of insanity does it take to believe they have a chance to beat the mighty Patriots Sunday?
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November 30, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - There haven't been many positive story lines coming from the Flyers in the season's first seven-plus weeks, which is why watching shifty defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere's development has been such a refreshing variation. The player they call "Ghost" was recalled from the AHL's Phantoms two weeks ago because Mark Streit went on the long-term injured reserve list, giving the Flyers some cap room to make a few minor-league promotions. If early impressions mean anything, Gostisbehere, 22, is going to live up to the hype.
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November 27, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - General manager Ron Hextall thought the Flyers needed a grinding-type player to replace the injured Sam Gagner, which is why he recalled Colin McDonald from the Phantoms instead of high-scoring Petr Straka. McDonald, a veteran right winger who was the Phantoms' captain, was a better fit, Hextall said. "Whenever you're looking to recall somebody, you're looking for a guy who brings qualities you feel you need in a certain place in your lineup - and Mac right now was the fit," Hextall said before the Flyers faced the New York Islanders on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.
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November 25, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Flyers center Rod Brind'Amour spoke the way he played - from the heart. Inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame before Monday's game against visiting Carolina, Brind'Amour thanked former teammates, management, and fans during an emotional 15-minute acceptance speech at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's been almost 16 years since I put on a Flyers jersey and I didn't know if you would remember me," he said after being greeted with a long standing ovation. ". . . But I shouldn't be surprised because this is Philadelphia, and Flyers fans never forget.
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November 25, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
THE LIGHTS dimmed inside Wells Fargo Center and players from the Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes walked out to their respective benches to watch the ceremony, the Flyers wearing No. 17 patches on their jerseys. A tribute started to play on the video board, showing the newest Flyers Hall of Famer - and current Hurricanes assistant coach - Rod Brind'Amour. Highlights from the eight-plus seasons Brind'Amour spent adorned in orange and black in Philadelphia played with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" as the background music.
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November 25, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
A RARE smile stretched across the face of first-year Flyers coach Dave Hakstol after Sunday's optional skate. He had just gotten done giving a fair self-criticism of his first 20 games behind an NHL bench and was fresh off a 4-0 loss in Ottawa. Quite simply, he said, both he and his team had to be better. But despite the poor stretch of results and the goalless drought his team was enduring, was the rookie coach enjoying it? "Absolutely," Hakstol said with a smile. "I love it. " Hakstol, 47, brought 19 years of head-coaching experience with him when the Flyers hired him this past offseason.
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