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June 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
HOURS AFTER trading Scott Hartnell to Columbus yesterday for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers announced they agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension with Brayden Schenn. The team, per its policy, did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the extension is worth an average of $2.5 million per year. Earlier in the offseason, general manager Ron Hextall said he regarded re-signing Schenn as a top priority. The 22-year-old center was set to become a restricted free agent when free agency begins on July 1. "I'm happy with the deal I got," Schenn said yesterday evening on a conference call with reporters.
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June 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers gained speed and shed some long-term salary obligations Monday when they acquired R.J. Umberger and sent Scott Hartnell to Columbus. The deal of 32-year-old wingers was the first made by new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, who also acquired a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 from the Blue Jackets. Umberger, who started his career with the Flyers, had 18 goals and 16 assists last season as the Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs after a four-year absence. "I feel I have a lot left in the tank," Umberger said.
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June 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR WHATEVER reasons, the Flyers apparently like to make trades on June 23. It was the day in 2011 when Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt. A year later, it became the day James van Riemsdyk was shipped to Toronto. Perhaps fittingly, it's now the day Ron Hextall made his first trade as Flyers general manager. First-line left winger and alternate captain Scott Hartnell, a Philadelphia mainstay of seven seasons, was dealt yesterday to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in next summer's draft.
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June 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE MERCURY is just beginning to rise inside the thermometer, marking another sweltering summer in Philadelphia. Yet, in just 108 days, the puck will drop on the Flyers' 48th season. The NHL released its full, 1,230-game slate for the 2014-15 season yesterday. The Flyers will open on the road in Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 8. They will wrap up on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at home against Ottawa. Ron Hextall's first changes to the Flyers' roster as general manager and Craig Berube's first full season behind the bench will play out over the 80 games in between.
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June 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER MOVING to a number of different franchises throughout hockey, Gord Murphy is returning to the place where his career began. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced yesterday that Murphy has been hired as an assistant coach to serve under Craig Berube. Murphy, 47, will coach the Flyers' defense. He and Berube were teammates together for parts of three seasons, from 1988-91. Murphy has been an assistant coach in the NHL since 2002 - most recently working with Florida under Kevin Dineen before he was fired on Nov. 8, 2013.
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June 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DAYS AFTER the Flyers' Game 7 loss to the Rangers, Kimmo Timonen acknowledged he was full of doubts as to whether he could handle the rigors of another 82-game season - both physically and mentally. But then . . . he took a vacation, came back and turned on the television. "Time goes by," Timonen said, "and you watch these games and watch the playoffs and start working out, you get the feeling that, 'I don't think it's time to retire.' " So, after reassuring general manager Ron Hextall he was ready for his eighth season as a Flyer, the sides worked out a 1-year contract extension that was consummated yesterday.
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June 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Flyers' season ended with a playoff loss to the New York Rangers, veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen figured he had played the final game of his stellar 15-year career. "There were a lot of times I thought, 'OK, this was probably enough,' " he said in a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon. But a couple weeks later, Timonen reconsidered, and on Friday he signed a one-year deal for $2 million plus incentives. He was paid $6 million last season. "After a few weeks of working hard, I realized I could still do it. It wasn't the money," Timonen, who lives in Haddonfield, said before boarding a flight to return to his native Finland for 10 days.
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June 13, 2014
The Flyers signed speedy left winger/center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a native of Paris, to an NHL contract on Wednesday. "He's a versatile player who can kill penalties and he adds depth to our forward group," general manager Ron Hextall said. The 6-foot, 196-pound Bellemare, 29, scored the shootout winner in an upset of Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championships, where he had eight points in eight games. In 52 games last season with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League, Bellemare scored 20 goals and had 35 points and a plus-21 rating.
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June 13, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER STRIKING gold last summer with free-agent forward Michael Raffl, the Flyers have once again turned to Sweden in an attempt to fill a hole on their roster. The Flyers announced the signing of French left winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to an NHL contract yesterday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Bellemare, 29, is a native of Paris. He has spent the last five seasons skating in Sweden's top league with Skelleftea AIK, capturing two consecutive championships. Bellemare likely stood out to the Flyers' scouting staff last month at the world championships, when he skated alongside Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel.
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June 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers announced a two-year affiliation Wednesday with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. That will give the Flyers an all-Pennsylvania minor-league system for the first time since 1997-98, when their prospects played for the Philadelphia Phantoms and Johnstown Chiefs. The geographic proximity to the affiliates "will give our coaches and scouting department the best possible platform" to monitor the prospects' development, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said, adding he was "excited to be entering a new era for the Flyers with respect to player development.
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