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January 7, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Captain Claude Giroux, one of the NHL's leading scorers with 43 points, missed practice Monday because of an injury near his left ankle, but the Flyers are hopeful he can play Tuesday against visiting Ottawa. "It's possible he plays, but that's about the most information I can give you," general manager Ron Hextall said. Giroux was injured Friday in the third period of a 2-1 loss in Carolina when he was accidentally cut by the skate of the Hurricanes' Justin Faulk. At the time, the Flyers said he probably would play Saturday, but he sat out the 5-2 loss in New Jersey.
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January 7, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers coach Craig Berube wants his team to have a defense-first identity. Instead, with the season almost at the halfway point, the Flyers' identity is this: They are a team that allows too many odd-man rushes, permits too much time and space on a passive penalty-killing unit, sleepwalks through second periods, doesn't play with enough physicality, and doesn't know how to win low-scoring games. Other than that, they look like Stanley Cup contenders. The Flyers, 10 points out of a playoff spot and fading fast, are a mess, and first-year general manager Ron Hextall said Monday that the players "absolutely" deserve the blame - not Berube.
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January 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
TELL ME if this sounds familiar. One star young prospect has sat out most of this season with a knee injury. Another was shipped out before the season began to get more seasoning, especially through international play. Still another player, the team's bonafide star and leader, is managing his recent injury ever-so-carefully, even at the risk of losses that will inch his team closer to a top pick in an upcoming draft that is top heavy in talent, and further from a playoff spot that is already highly improbable, if not impossible.
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January 7, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RON HEXTALL said yesterday he is not happy with the performance of the Flyers, a team he believes is strong enough to be a playoff performer "on paper. " As it stands now, the Flyers have a whopping 2.8 percent shot to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, using probabilities based on current games played by SportsClubStats.com. They would need a miraculous 27-11-5 run just for a 50-50 shot to get in. Right now, though, Hextall said he is not willing to overhaul his roster. The Flyers general manager is not interested in calling up young players from the AHL Phantoms to see what they can do. And he is also not interested in pinning any of the blame on coach Craig Berube.
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January 6, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF YOU AIN'T cheatin', you ain't tryin'. That was the message emanating from the Flyers, hours after they were fined an undisclosed amount of money by the NHL yesterday for violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement's moratorium on team activities during the holiday break. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said the team knowingly violated the rule, but risk was outweighed by the reward of a potential victory. Hextall said he was approached by Flyers players asking if they could schedule their chartered flight for Dec. 26. Normally, the team would have flown on the afternoon that day, but the 3-day holiday break barred any team activity from Dec. 24 to 26. So, instead of flying on Dec. 27, the day of the game against the Predators, the Flyers departed Philadelphia International Airport at 8:24 p.m. on Dec. 26 and hoped word would not leak out. That flight data was ultimately culled by Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto, which first broke the rule violation.
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January 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
As if losing the last five games of their road trip wasn't bad enough, the Flyers were fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL on Sunday for violating a league travel policy. In a conference call with reporters, general manager Ron Hextall admitted that he violated the NHL's collective bargaining agreement because the players requested that the team leave earlier on Dec. 26 so they could get to Nashville and be more rested than if they took a Dec. 27 flight. The Flyers played in Nashville on Dec. 27 and dropped a 4-1 decision against former coach Peter Laviolette.
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January 5, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - No one knows how long it will last, but Vinny Lecavalier has been the Flyers' most productive player recently. The same Vinny Lecavalier whom general manager Ron Hextall tried to trade last summer and probably would still deal if the right opportunity arose. The same Vinny Lecavalier who was embarrassingly banished to the bench for seven games from Dec. 2 to Dec. 16. The same Vinny Lecavalier who has been forced to learn a new position for much of the time since Craig Berube became the head coach early last season.
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January 2, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RALEIGH, N.C. - Nick Schultz arrived at training camp in September as an unheralded spare, an insurance policy, should disaster strike the Flyers' blue line. Havoc wreaked quickly, starting when Braydon Coburn went down on Opening Night in Boston. Schultz entered the Flyers' lineup in Game No. 2. Now, after revitalizing his career in the following 36 games, he would like to remain a Flyer next season and beyond. Yesterday marked the first day players skating on 1-year contracts could sign an extension into the 2015-16 season, a new wrinkle in the NHL's 2013 collective bargaining agreement.
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December 31, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. - General manager Ron Hextall issued a stern warning hours before Monday night's clash with the Arizona Coyotes. The Flyers were finally beginning to work their way back east on this seasonlong, eight-game odyssey that coach Craig Berube said would define his team as playoff worthy or not. They went 3-1 in the first half, easily the toughest part of the trip. Four games against four bottom-feeding teams with losing records were all that separated the Flyers from a home-heavy January.
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December 31, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Ron Hextall isn't taking the bait. Even winning all three games to finish out this seasonlong, eight-game odyssey would not cause him to change course - despite a few mood-altering wins along the way. Hextall knows the inconsistent Flyers need reshaping. That's why the general manager said this week he would be open to a trade if a meaningful opportunity presented itself. "If we can help our team in any way, we'll do it," Hextall said. "You can't be in my position and stop because you like the way things are going.
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