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November 21, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AND NOW, the end is near. And so, Eric Lindros will face the final curtain - the one covering a bust of his head, of all body parts - tonight at center ice as he is inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame with linemate John LeClair. Before he laughs, shakes hands and offers a few brief words for an adoring and forgiving 19,537 faithful, it would only be fitting if Lindros stepped onto the ice with Frank Sinatra's recording of "My Way" pouring out of the Wells Fargo Center sound system.
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November 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE MYSTERY surrounding Claude Giroux took another strange turn yesterday when he did not report for practice. After general manager Ron Hextall declared Giroux to be "fine" on Monday night, Giroux will likely miss at least the next two games with what the team is calling a "lower-body" injury. Tonight will be Giroux's first game missed because of injury since Dec. 19, 2011, breaking a streak of 197 consecutive games healthy. To help pick up the slack, the Flyers recalled first-round pick Scott Laughton last night.
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November 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have lost eight straight regular-season games at Madison Square Garden, and if they hope to end that streak Wednesday night they'll have to do it without star center Claude Giroux. Giroux, who was tied for sixth in the NHL with 21 points entering Tuesday, probably will be sidelined for two games with an unspecified lower-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall announced. He said the Flyers captain suffered the injury Monday at practice. "I can't give a definitive time line, but I don't expect it to be long," Hextall said in a conference call with reporters late Tuesday afternoon.
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November 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Surprises have marked the first five-plus weeks of the Flyers' season, topped by winger Jake Voracek's emergence as one of the NHL's top scorers. But an under-the-radar development has helped keep the injury-plagued team afloat: the steady play of Nick Schultz, who signed as a free agent in July and figured to be the Flyers' seventh defenseman. At least he figured to be No. 7 to most observers. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, however, was not one of them. "I said at the time, we have seven defensemen who are good defensemen," Hextall said the other day. "I've seen Nick Schultz play since he was 19. I was scouting in those years.
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November 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
MONTREAL - Shayne Gostisbehere's surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee could not have gone better, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. Hextall said it was "only the ACL" that was affected. "Sometimes there are other elements involved, but there was nothing else," Hextall said before Saturday's game in Montreal. "The information was as good as we could have gotten. " Gostisbehere, 21, a heralded defensive prospect who played two games with the Flyers before being sent back to the AHL Phantoms, will probably resume playing in three to three and a half months, Hextall said.
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November 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
STARING at a crossroads last June, trying to decide whether to continue his career at age 39, Kimmo Timonen leaned on best friend Scott Hartnell for advice. If Timonen was going to keep playing, going to take one last shot at a Stanley Cup, he wanted to do it with Hartnell. The odd couple of friends - a rambunctious and goofy ginger from Lloydminster, Alberta, and a super serious Finn who started their NHL careers together in 2000 in Tennessee - mapped out a final voyage. They looked at the schedule.
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November 14, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
READING BETWEEN the lines, the knock on R.J. Umberger last year in Columbus was that he was slow. He couldn't keep up with the up-tempo Blue Jackets, who were marching toward their second playoff berth in franchise history mostly without him. Umberger was sidelined as a healthy scratch by coach Todd Richards when the games mattered most in March and April. Umberger, 32, met general manager Jarmo Kekalainen after the season and asked the Blue Jackets for a ticket out of town. With 3 years and $13.5 million left on his deal, finding a buyer would be tough.
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November 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The defensive depth built by Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is being tested. Luke Schenn is the latest Flyers defenseman sidelined - that's four D-men from the parent club since August, in case you have lost track - and it has made the signings of free agents Michael Del Zotto, Nick Schultz, and Carlo Colaiacovo more valuable than anyone could have imagined. Schenn injured his left shoulder in Saturday's 4-3 win over Colorado, and the Flyers announced Sunday he will miss about two weeks.
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November 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BRAYDON COBURN is expected to finally return to the Flyers' lineup tonight after missing 12 games with a left foot injury. Vinny Lecavalier just made it back on the ice last weekend. Wayne Simmonds missed time during training camp. Co-leading goal scorer Michael Raffl will be out until just before Christmas. Coach Craig Berube thinks the Flyers' injuries from blocking shots are "more bad luck than anything. " His boss, general manager Ron Hextall, isn't convinced. "You cringe every time.
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November 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who played two games earlier this season for the Flyers, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while competing Friday for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and will undergo surgery Thursday. He will be out indefinitely, according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall. Gostisbehere appeared in Flyers wins over Detroit on Oct. 25 and the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 28, averaging more than 12 minutes each game. A third-round pick in 2012 who helped lead Union College to the NCAA title last season, Gostisbehere suffered the injury during the Phantoms' 3-2 win at Manchester.
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