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October 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last six-plus months, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere led tiny Union College to the NCAA national championship, signed an entry-level deal with the Flyers, and played a handful of professional games on the AHL level. The whirlwind took him back to the Wells Fargo Center - site of Union's NCAA title win in April - for his NHL debut Saturday night against visiting Detroit. "It's definitely been a ride, for sure," the soft-spoken Gostisbehere said after the morning skate. "But you just have to stay humble and stay focused.
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October 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After learning Friday that top-pair defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald will miss about four weeks because of apparent foot injuries, the Flyers saw a Ghost. Shayne Gostisbehere, the heralded defenseman who led tiny Union College to the NCAA championship last season, was recalled from the AHL Phantoms on Friday, and he will make his NHL debut Saturday night against Detroit at the Wells Fargo Center. The player known as "Ghost" played three games with the Phantoms this season, notching two assists and a minus-1 rating.
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October 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The Flyers defense is on the verge of getting a major upgrade. Recovering from a foot injury, top-pairing defenseman Braydon Coburn continued to make progress during Monday's practice at the United Center, and he could return Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. "Today was a good day," Coburn said after an 80-minute practice in which he had several defensive partners. "I feel like there was some improvement, and I feel more comfortable out there, so I'm hoping I can have a good day tomorrow.
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October 22, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Before the puck dropped on the regular season, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall held a meeting with his team. His message, among others, was simple: "Penalties are killing us," Zac Rinaldo recalled. Hextall pointed out the statistics. The Flyers have finished either last or second-to-last in fewest minor penalties in six of the nine seasons since the game changed after the 2004-05 lockout. He even held a meeting with Rinaldo during the offseason to drive home his point.
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October 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger is as feisty off the ice as he was during his playing days. The former defenseman bristled at the suggestion that, by taking a job with the NHL's player-safety department on Friday, it is a conflict of interest because he is being paid by the Flyers for the next three seasons. Pronger said that he is "merely a sounding board" for Stephane Quintal, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, and that Quintal will hand out disciplinary measures. Pronger will not be permitted to make disciplinary recommendations on incidents involving the Flyers.
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October 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers prospect Samuel Morin was hit in the face with a puck and suffered a broken jaw Sunday during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall confirmed that Morin would have surgery on Monday. The defenseman was playing for Rimouski Oceanic in a 5-2 loss to the host Quebec Remparts. Mikael Lalancette of TVA Sports said that Morin, 19, was hit in the mouth and that there was a lot of blood on the ice. Morin was the Flyers' first-round draft pick (11th overall)
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October 14, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY to bury embarrassing news in the hockey world? Send out a press release at 6:46 p.m. on a Friday, before a long, holiday weekend, that completely skirts the issues at hand. That's what the NHL attempted to do last week, with today being Thanksgiving in Canada, to complete their icky hiring of Chris Pronger in the Department of Player Safety. Conveniently, the press release failed to mention that Pronger is still on the Flyers' roster. Or that he is still owed another $5.15 million from the Flyers, payable through April 2017.
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October 13, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WOE AND 2, with an October schedule that features not a single cupcake, aside from the Devils game that they just blew, the Flyers held a team meeting yesterday. Coach Craig Berube pointed out the highlights and lowlights of the Flyers' stumble out of the gate, but left his team with one parting message: Don't listen to the media. "You guys [media] talk about it, people in general, about bad starts all the time," Berube said. "You can't let it creep into your focus of playing the game.
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October 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
An NHL SiriusXM commentator noted the irony of the situation Thursday: Chris Pronger, known as Captain Nasty because of the ultraphysical way he played, was being considered for a job in the league's player-safety department. "It's like O.J. Simpson doing marriage counseling," Jim "Boomer" Gordon told his radio listeners. On Friday, it became official. Pronger, who is technically still on the Flyers roster, was hired by the NHL. "I think it's a good move for the league," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday night.
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October 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though Chris Pronger is still on the Flyers' payroll, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn't have a problem if the onetime defensive standout worked in the league's player-safety department. And that's apparently what happened Thursday night, when Pronger was hired, according to TSN, which also reported that he remained on the Flyers' long-term injured list, meaning the team would still get $4.9 million in salary-cap relief. The Flyers owe Pronger a total of $5.15 million for the final three years of his contract.
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