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May 5, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If this were another year, or another era, or another mind-set in the history of the Flyers, the team would enter this offseason with the cool, rational bearing of a man whose pants are on fire. The team needs scoring on the forward lines. It has two good goaltenders. It has a potential wealth of capable young defensemen. It has prospects on the verge of making the league. This is a team good enough to make the playoffs, and with enough character to come back from a three-game hole against perhaps the best team in the NHL before being eliminated in the sixth game by a 1-0 score.
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May 5, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
At the top of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's summer to-do list: upgrading an offense that struggled this season, especially in the playoffs. Truth is, the Flyers could use two new scorers, but that will happen only if Hextall can make a trade because, as it stands, cap restraints will probably allow him to add only one free-agent forward. During the regular season, the Flyers averaged 2.57 goals per game, 22nd in the NHL. In the six-game playoff series against Washington, they managed a total of six goals - and one was an empty-netter, and another was a shot that was going wide but deflected into the net off a Capitals defenseman.
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May 5, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' playoff run is over, but Ivan Provorov, the ultra-promising defenseman who could make the team in training camp, is putting the finishing touches on a superb season. Provorov, 19, selected seventh overall in last year's draft, has helped the Brandon Wheat Kings reach the Western Hockey League finals that start Friday against Seattle. Brandon dropped a 7-2 decision to Seattle in the teams' lone regular-season meeting. "We didn't have our best game," Provorov said in a phone interview from Brandon earlier in the week.
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April 29, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
As a young goaltender, Ron Hextall had little patience and zero tolerance. He arrived in the NHL at the age of 22 believing he was good enough to lead the Flyers to a Stanley Cup title as a rookie, and he darn near was. And God help you if you skated a little too close to his crease. With his 52nd birthday just a few days away and his second season as the Flyers general manager just a few days behind him, Hextall is far more under control and most definitely in command of the direction the Flyers are headed.
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April 29, 2016
Upset with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Brayden Schenn for the first three games of next season, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is considering an appeal. According to the collective-bargaining agreement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman would hear the appeal if it is filed. Schenn was suspended for charging Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 of the opening-round series on Sunday. The Capitals won, 1-0, and eliminated the Flyers from the NHL playoffs. "I was very surprised," Hextall said of the decision.
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April 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to retain Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but he hasn't closed the door on trading one of the goalies if the right deal comes along. "I don't believe that's a strength that you want to weaken," Hextall said Wednesday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. "The old saying, 'Wayne Gretzky got traded, right, so?' I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No, I wouldn't trade anybody on our team,' because the reality of it is, if the deal was right it's my job to strengthen our team and the organization.
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April 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had a career year, but next season already has started off on the wrong skate. Schenn was suspended for three games at the start of next season for charging into Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 on Sunday, the NHL announced Tuesday. The 1-0 playoff loss ended the Flyers' season. "I know they were obviously watching me close in that series," said Schenn, who got away with a cross-check to the back of Evgeny Kuznetsov's leg in Game 4. "To be honest, I didn't even know I hit Oshie in the head.
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April 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers are a year ahead of schedule. By using a late-season surge to earn a surprising playoff berth and then extending Stanley Cup favorite Washington to six games, young players Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Cousins, and Brandon Manning gained unexpected and invaluable experience. In addition, Vinny Lecavalier's retirement assures them of $2.25 million in increased salary-cap space and could help them land a much-needed top-six forward in the offseason free-agent market. The Flyers (41-27-14)
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April 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
In 2014, Michal Neuvirth was traded from Washington to Buffalo because the Capitals thought Braden Holtby was their goalie of the future. Two years later, the unflappable Neuvirth is punishing his former team. Since being inserted into the lineup with the Flyers trailing by three games to none, Neuvirth is 2-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a ridiculous .987 save percentage, carrying the Flyers back into the playoff series. "He gave us life," captain Claude Giroux said.
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April 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby has been a major difference maker as the Capitals have taken three straight games from the Flyers in their opening-round playoff series. Whether Holtby is able to compete in Game 4 Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center remains to be seen. Holtby left practice Tuesday after a collision with a teammate. He was favoring his left leg. As for his status, Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters, "He just got nicked up, went off and we will see where he is tomorrow.
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