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March 16, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Columnist
Claude Giroux saw a man make magic years ago. Maybe it was in 2007, just before Giroux played his first game for the Flyers. He couldn't remember exactly when, but 2007 is a good guess. That was when Pavel Datsyuk was 29 years old and at the apex of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, and Giroux was just 19, a long way from becoming the Flyers' captain and an NHL superstar, still green enough to marvel over another player's powers and wonder whether he himself would someday be skilled and confident enough to be called his idol's equal.
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March 14, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
SUNRISE, Fla. - After a visit to the doctor Saturday, Jake Voracek was given permission to skate for the first time since he injured his left foot against Minnesota on Feb. 25. The gifted Flyers winger is expected to skate Sunday in Voorhees, general manager Ron Hextall said before the game against Florida on Saturday night. Voracek, who has missed the last seven games, was second on the team in scoring (48 points). The Flyers entered Saturday with a 5-1 record since Voracek was sidelined.
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March 11, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers are getting ready for a trip to Florida, but it will not be a vacation. Far from it. They play the Lightning on Friday in Tampa and the Panthers in Sunrise on Saturday, trying to improve their position in the Eastern Conference wild-card race. "Like Coach said today, it's a business trip for us, and we're going down there for four points," rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who grew up close to the Panthers' arena and used to attend games there, said after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees.
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March 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Columnist
This was once the place where the who's who of NHL goaltenders resided. Back when Kate Smith was the league's No. 1 anthemist even though she never actually sang the national anthem, the Flyers won consecutive Stanley Cups because Bernie Parent, with a full head of natural hair and an infinite amount of natural talent, was the best in the world at stopping pucks. Shortly after he called it quits, Pelle Lindbergh arrived from Sweden and willed the Flyers to a Stanley Cup Finals they might not otherwise have reached.
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March 6, 2016
Forward Brayden Schenn, the Flyers' top offensive player recently, may miss Saturday's game against Columbus with a head injury. Schenn, who has 12 goals in the last 22 games, was injured Thursday in the 4-0 loss to visiting Edmonton. General manager Ron Hextall, through a team spokesman, said Friday that the Flyers were still gathering information on Schenn's injury and that they would have an announcement Saturday. In the third period Thursday, Oilers defenseman Adam Pardy put a bear hug on Schenn during a scrum and tackled him. Schenn's head hit the ice with Pardy atop him. Schenn returned for a few shifts and then missed the final 6 minutes, 7 seconds.
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March 2, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' road to the playoffs got a little bumpier Monday with the news that winger Jake Voracek, one of the team's leading scorers, will miss the next two weeks because of an unspecified injury, general manager Ron Hextall said. Voracek collided with Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk on Thursday and did not play in Saturday's 4-2 win over Arizona. He has been wearing a boot on his left foot. Based on Hextall's timeline, Voracek will miss five more games, excluding Monday's against Calgary.
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March 1, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn are more than brothers. They are best friends, and both say they miss being Flyers teammates. Funny thing is, their play has been elevated - especially Brayden's - since they were separated Jan. 6, the day the Flyers dealt Luke Schenn to Los Angeles.    In his first 22 games since the trade, Brayden Schenn looked noticeably more confident and had nine goals and eight assists - his best streak of the season. Brayden Schenn was asked if his increased productivity was because he was taking on more responsibility with his brother not around.
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March 1, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to make the playoffs this season, but he is also building the team for the long haul, so he would like to add some more draft picks. That's the quandary he faces with the trade deadline fast approaching Monday at 3 p.m. "I really don't know," Hextall said the other day when asked about the odds of the Flyers making a deal. "Kind of listening to everything. " Hextall said the Flyers were in a "tough spot" because they are in a playoff race but don't want to trade away youth (or draft picks)
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February 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers might get leading scorer Claude Giroux back for Saturday's matinee against visiting Arizona, but they will be without their No. 2 scorer, Jake Voracek. Giroux said he felt "pretty good" Friday after participating in his first practice in Voorhees since he was injured eight nights earlier in Montreal. "He had a good day, so we'll see where it goes," general manager Ron Hextall said. "There's a chance he'll play [Saturday]. " A few hours later, Hextall announced that Voracek (48 points)
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February 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Veteran defensemen Mark Streit and Nick Schultz will both be happy if the trade deadline at 3 p.m. Monday passes and they are still with the Flyers. General manager Ron Hextall is expected to be in seller's mode as he continues his rebuilding efforts by stocking up on draft pick. Streit and Schultz will be attractive to playoff teams. "I don't really pay attention to the rumors. It's part of the business," said Streit, who would be valuable to a contender like Tampa Bay because he can quarterback a power play.
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