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February 10, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was candid as he talked about his new backup goalie, 21-year-old Anthony Stolarz, on Sunday. "Is he ready for this level? Probably not," Hextall said after the Flyers outlasted Washington, 3-1, at the Verizon Center. But because of circumstances, Hextall said the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Stolarz would be recalled from the AHL's Phantoms. Steve Mason suffered his third injury in the last seven weeks Sunday, causing the Flyers to need another goalie.
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February 10, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Backup goalie Ray Emery wasn't even paying attention. Steve Mason just appeared at the bench. During a television timeout, that wouldn't be all that unusual. Except that Mason couldn't move. He could barely wrench his body enough to step off the ice and into the bench. "I was talking to one of the trainers and someone just yelled down to me," Emery said. "I was pretty surprised. " Mason's latest injury took all of the Flyers by surprise: from coach to general manager to rookie.
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February 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn have a history together, forming a shutdown defensive duo when the Flyers made some strong playoff runs in recent seasons. And now, provided they are healthy, it's fair to wonder whether they will be reunited for a short time before skating away together by the March 2 trade deadline. Both are trying to work their way back into the lineup. Coburn has missed nine games with a foot injury. Timonen, the sturdy little Finn whose comeback borders on the incredible, has missed the entire season because of blood clots.
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February 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Exhilarated that he would soon be back on the ice for the first time in over nine months, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was restless late Thursday night. "It was kind of a weird feeling this morning," Timonen said after skating at the team's practice facility in Voorhees on Friday. "I was kind of a little nervous that hopefully I wouldn't fall down right away. I was so excited looking forward to this morning. I couldn't really sleep last night. " Timonen, sidelined since April 30 because of blood clots, skated for the first time since a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of last year's opening playoff round.
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February 7, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who has missed the entire season because of blood clots, is going to attempt a comeback. Timonen will skate Friday at 9 a.m. at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees. He has not skated since April, and he isn't expected to play for about two weeks. He said several doctors cleared him to return to the ice. "In the end, Kimmo feels comfortable and we feel comfortable that the risk is minimal," general manager Ron Hextall said Thursday during a news conference after the first period of the Flyers' home game against the New York Islanders.
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February 6, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
DOWN ON the ice, the Flyers had begun another game in a painfully familiar pattern, pucks bouncing dangerously around their own crease, players scrambling helter-skelter just to push it across their own blue line, just to buy some temporary relief from the onslaught. Simultaneous to this, and perhaps symbolically, too, an announcement was made in the press box that general manager Ron Hextall and sidelined defenseman Kimmo Timonen would hold an impromptu news conference once the period ended.
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February 5, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MATT READ was looking forward to vacation. His wife, Erin, picked out the perfect bed-and-breakfast retreat just south of Tampa, Fla., for last month's All-Star break. If nothing else, his Florida sojourn would be a few days away from the rink, a chance to leave a frustrating season behind. That didn't even work out as planned. "The weather just didn't cooperate," Read said. "It was cold and windy. We tried to go to the pool one day, figured we'd hide behind this fence to block the wind.
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February 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NHL held its all-star weekend last week in Columbus, a glorified two-day infomercial to promote its sport. Sadly, what was supposed to be the main event turned into a farce. Team Toews 17, Team Foligno 12. Oh, the fans in Columbus didn't seem to mind, but for the majority of us watching on TV, the so-called All-Star Game had less intensity, less magic, than any pond-hockey matchup in your neighborhood. Much less. Back in the day, the players took pride in the game, pride in showing that their conference was tops.
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February 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Del Zotto has gone from odd man out to being one of the Flyers' most useful defensemen. He has gone from being a healthy scratch 11 times to being a player whom general manager Ron Hextall figures to re-sign and be a big part of the blue line's future. Del Zotto, 24, signed as a free agent for $1.3 million in August after the Flyers learned Kimmo Timonen would be sidelined by blood clots, scored the only goal Saturday in a 1-0 win over Toronto. He has a career-best six-game point streak, during which he has three goals and four assists.
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February 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Left winger Petr Straka, who made a strong impression and had a total of two assists in his first three NHL games with the Flyers, was sent back to the Phantoms on Sunday, meaning Michael Raffl will likely be ready to play Thursday against the visiting New York Islanders. Straka set up the only goal Saturday as the Flyers defeated Toronto, 1-0. "His skating and skill is what I noticed," coach Craig Berube said after practice Sunday in Voorhees. "He obviously can really skate and he has good hands.
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