April 5, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Michal Neuvirth, who hasn't played since a 3-2 win in Chicago on March 16 because of a knee injury, will resume skating Monday but is still a long shot to be ready during the final weekend of the regular season, general manager Ron Hextall said. "Is it impossible? No," Hextall said Sunday when asked if Neuvirth could play next weekend. He said it would depend on how Neuvirth feels and what he can do on the ice. "There's a possibility, but a probability, I'd say no. " If the Flyers make the playoffs, Hextall said, he believes Neuvirth would be ready for the opening round.
April 1, 2016
IT'S NOT a philosophy I buy into, but there is merit in the argument that a team that didn't win a championship has accomplished as much as a team that finished last. That's the argument many Sixers fans have made by saying a team that's in its third straight last-place season is better off than if it were stuck in a cycle of low playoff seeds and early postseason exits. I understand that frustration. Still, no one can convince me that what we've seen from the Sixers is as intriguing as what we've seen from the Flyers.
April 1, 2016 |
APPARENTLY, swimming upstream is only exhausting if you're not making headway. In the Flyers' case, they're moving right along. In fact, the further upstream they travel from playoff irrelevance to the playoff fringes, the stronger they get. If they make it to their goal, they can turn round and use the current to push them through the playoffs. "If a team has been in this situation for 20-plus games, like us, where we've have the water right here," said defenseman Mark Streit, his hand at his neck, "it helps.
April 1, 2016 |
Steve Mason started for the 12th time in the last 13 games Wednesday, but the Flyers goalie said fatigue is not a factor. Instead, he said he feels energized by the team's predicament. "It would be a lot more difficult if we weren't in a playoff race," he said before making his seventh straight start as the Flyers faced powerful Washington. "When you're playing for something that's meaningful, it makes it a lot easier. It's that time of year, and it's fun to be a part of when you're in the playoff picture.
March 31, 2016 |
The Flyers are giving free-agent Ray Emery a tryout and may sign him as their No. 3 goalie, general manager Ron Hextall said in a conference call Tuesday night. Emery, 33, played two stints with the Flyers, and he will report to their morning skate Wednesday. He struggled in 31 games with the team last season, compiling a 3.06 goals-against average and .894 save percentage. The move gives the team insurance in case Steve Mason or rookie Anthony Stolarz is injured, Hextall said. Emery would not be eligible for the postseason if the Flyers earned a playoff berth.
March 29, 2016 |
STAFF WRITER Flyers fans can exhale. Claude Giroux, the team's captain and leading scorer, was not seriously injured Saturday in a 2-1 loss in Arizona. Giroux is "fine," general manager Ron Hextall said Sunday, meaning he will play in Monday's game against Winnipeg at the Wells Fargo Center. After Saturday's loss, Giroux said he felt "pretty good" and was not having ill effects from hitting his head late in the game. The Flyers can recover from the defeat. They probably can't make the playoffs if Giroux is sidelined.
March 20, 2016 |
Rookie coach Dave Hakstol selected Michal Neuvirth to start the Flyers' latest critical game, but the goalie was unable to play Saturday against Pittsburgh because of a mysterious illness or injury. Neuvirth played brilliantly on Wednesday in a 3-2 win in Chicago; it was his first game since he missed a scheduled March 12 start because of a stomach virus. Oddly, general manager Ron Hextall, when asked if Neuvirth was sidelined Saturday because of an injury or illness, replied, "we will know [Sunday]
March 17, 2016 |
Jake Voracek had been the last Flyers player to enter the locker room after the team's practice Monday, breathing heavily but still with eyes to see what was ahead. He was exhausted from just the few minutes he'd spent skating hard, skating through pain, to test the injured left foot that had kept him out of the lineup since late February. He was quick to make it clear he wouldn't play Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, in a game that would shape the Flyers' standing in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
March 16, 2016 |
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.
March 14, 2016 |
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.