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March 6, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
I'M NOT YET SURE which it will be, but in the near future, somebody either will lead a parade down Broad Street or a lot of guys will ride a midnight train out of Philadelphia. On Tuesday, in a transaction that cannot be officially announced until next week, newly anointed Eagles Chief Officer of All Things Football Chip Kelly traded Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for talented but injured linebacker Kiko Alonso. That move surprised Philadelphians just slightly more than Sixers Grand Pooh-bah of Basketball Matters Sam Hinkie trading point guard and reigning rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee for a protected first-round draft pick.
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March 5, 2015 | BY SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Staff Writer donnels@phillynews.com
RON HEXTALL said he wouldn't scrap the Flyers' young talent at the trade deadline and he was true to his word. That doesn't mean, however, that all of them will be around when the prospects already in the system and those who will join them via the draft develop into NHL players. In fact, one of the determinations facing Hextall this summer is who qualifies as young and who doesn't. Who still has unrealized potential and who has done as much as they're going to do in an NHL uniform?
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March 4, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE no Cinderellas in the NBA. Mull that for a moment. They have as many teams in their playoffs as the NHL does, as many revenue-producing rounds, but there is an almost zero percent chance that any seventh or eighth seed wins an NBA championship this year, next year, or any year after that. Not in the NHL. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup 3 years ago as an eighth seed. The Flyers reached Game 6 of the 2010 finals after making the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.
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March 4, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE DEAL wasn't yet complete. Ron Hextall and Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman agreed to terms just after dinnertime on Sunday, but Hextall wanted doctors to review medical files. It had been in the works for days, since Yzerman expressed interest. With doctor approval, Hextall and Yzerman needed to wait for league staff to hustle back to the office in Manhattan in the middle of the night to register the trade. Before it was even finalized, Hextall tried to get Braydon Coburn on the phone.
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March 4, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS all talk. Until yesterday. We'd heard lots about Ron Hextall's plan and vision for the Flyers over the first 10 months since his promotion - and very little action. Fewer specifics. There was June's lopsided trade of Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger. Then Michael Del Zotto's signing off the scrap heap to try and replace Kimmo Timonen in August. There was Shayne Gostisbehere's strange call-up, 3 weeks after Hextall swore he wouldn't use prospects before they're ready.
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March 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers picked a good time to be a stumbling hockey team. If they had been entrenched in a playoff spot, first-year general manager Ron Hextall may have been a buyer - in a seller's market. Instead, Hextall made his second move before Monday's trade deadline that conjured memories of the most successful general manager in Flyers history. It was the late Keith "The Thief" Allen whose shrewd moves helped build the Flyers into Stanley Cup champions in 1974 and 1975. Hextall has a while before the Flyers can compete for a Stanley Cup, but his latest moves - getting four draft picks and a serviceable defenseman for an almost-40-year-old defenseman on the verge of retiring, Kimmo Timonen, along with underachieving Braydon Coburn - were a good start.
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March 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds doesn't want first-year general manager Ron Hextall to make any deals before the 3 p.m. trade deadline Monday. Truth be told, Hextall can't make any major moves unless he unloads some hefty salaries because the Flyers are close to the $69 million salary-cap limit. "I like the team we have," Simmonds said. "We've been playing pretty well. . . . Everyone likes each other, and if we can succeed, as is, I think that would be great. But I'm not the general manager, and I can't say what goes on. " The Flyers, crippled by a 9-17-6 road record, have 19 games left and are six points behind Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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March 3, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
MONTHS BEFORE perhaps the deepest NHL draft since 2003, it has surprisingly never been a better time to be a "seller" at today's 3 o'clock trade deadline. Prices are sky-high - and they're actually being met. Rental defensemen Andrej Sekera and Cody Franson both garnered first-round picks, albeit from teams firmly in the Stanley Cup playoffs (Los Angeles and Nashville) banking on a deep run. Kimmo Timonen, who turns 40 in 16 days, fetched potentially two second-round picks for Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, despite the fact that he hasn't played since April 30, 2014 and has medical complications.
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March 1, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimmo Timonen, one of the best defensemen in Flyers history, said he wanted a chance to win a Stanley Cup in the final season of his superb NHL career. On Friday night, the Flyers gave him that opportunity, sending him to the powerful Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round pick in the June draft and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2016. "The only thing I'm missing from my hockey career is a Stanley Cup," Timonen, sidelined all season because of blood clots, said in a conference call Friday night.
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February 27, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Kimmo Timonen has faced the New York Rangers 51 times in his career and another seven Stanley Cup playoff contests. Tomorrow night may even be a little more significant than April 11, 2010, when the Flyers beat Henrik Lundqvist in a shootout to advance to the playoffs - at least on a personal level. Timonen, 39, is expected to make his debut after missing the first 62 games of the season with a blood disorder that caused clots to develop in both his lungs and right leg in early August.
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