May 26, 2006 |
During a trip to Florida two years ago, Flyers president Ron Ryan lamented how much of his children's growing up he had missed, being in Philadelphia while his children lived in South Florida. Yesterday, the 67-year-old hockey executive announced his retirement after 18 years with the club, essentially to begin anew with three of his four younger children, Doug, Kaitland, and especially Tenley, a sophomore in high school. "It's something that it was time for me to do, personally," said Ryan, who is moving to Palm City, Fla. "It was absolutely my decision.
January 21, 2006 |
The last time Flyers goalie Robert Esche played was Dec. 15 against the Vancouver Canucks. That night, he reinjured his right groin and hasn't played since. That will change this afternoon when Esche returns to the lineup as the Penguins welcome the Flyers to Pittsburgh on NBC. "They asked me if I wanted to play and I said, 'Yes.' It was that simple," Esche said yesterday. He added that, while his MRI cleared him medically, there was some fluid in his groin. "I'm excited," he said.
March 26, 2004 |
Long-distance goals haven't haunted the Flyers since the latter days of Ron Hextall. Suddenly, it's either a cause for concern or a genuine fluke with Robert Esche. His reaction time last night was slow during a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders that ruined Jeremy Roenick's return to the ice after a 19-game absence with a fractured jaw and concussion. Esche yielded goals from great distance early to rob any momentum the Flyers were trying to generate. That's three goals from just south of Ridley Park in the last seven days that have sailed past him. "It's just a bad performance, no other way to look at it," Esche said.
March 4, 2004 |
Dave Poulin could have been an NHL coach. He is said to have the capabilities of a general manager. Yet for the last nine years, the former Flyers center has stayed where he believes he serves the better good - Notre Dame, where he is a coach and mentor. While there, he has turned out a doctor, a dentist, three lawyers, several Wall Street analysts, and graduate students at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Chicago. The university environment, not pro sports, is where Poulin feels most comfortable.
March 30, 2003 |
Goalie Roman Cechmanek has been a Flyer all of three seasons. Around the NHL, he goes mostly unnoticed against the likes of proven Stanley Cup winners such as Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Ed Belfour. In his own quiet, unassuming way, Cechmanek, who closely resembles Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), has carved a niche for himself. Last night, the 32-year-old passed Ron Hextall, who played 11 years as a Flyer, with his 19th career shutout as the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at the First Union Center.
December 19, 2002 |
It's five and counting for the red-hot Flyers. Although they were playing last night without star center Jeremy Roenick, who was serving the first game of a two-game suspension, backup goalie Robert Esche stopped 23 of 24 shots and the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena. Justin Williams, Mark Recchi and Donald Brashear scored for the Flyers, who are 4-0-1 in their last five games and lead the Atlantic Division with 40 points.
June 24, 2000 |
Today's NHL entry draft lacks that one compelling, sure-fire franchise player at the top of the talent pool. But like nature, the NHL media hype machine abhors a vacuum. So suddenly, there is a lot of buzz about the chance that Boston University goalie Rick DiPietro could be the first player chosen today, when the teams convene at the Canadian Airlines Saddledome. That would be a big deal because no goalie has ever been taken first overall. The high mark for goaltenders so far is Roberto Luongo going fourth overall to the New York Islanders in 1997.
May 6, 2000 |
His recollection of some of the tougher saves was hazy and his eyes were glazed, but Brian Boucher recalled the squishy feeling in his sweat-soaked skates as he moved from side to side, front and back, desperately defending the Flyers' net for a few minutes shy of seven hours. The weariness was reflected in his voice, and it seemed to take all he had to summon up a smile. "What about that save on Ian Moran?" someone asked him. "Which overtime was that?" Boucher asked.
April 28, 2000 |
While Flyers rookie goaltender Brian Boucher appreciates the comparisons to Ron Hextall and that terrific playoff run Hextall had in 1987 as a Flyers rookie, he is quick to point out that, unlike the then-irascible Hextall, he doesn't get agitated in the crease. So when the Pittsburgh Penguins' Matthew Barnaby announced this week that he would try his best to distract and annoy Boucher, the Flyers goalie wasn't biting. "Wasn't that the year [Hextall] slashed [Kent] Nilsson on the back of the leg?"
April 13, 2000 |
Much has changed in the life of young Brian Boucher since September. Back then, he was a Flyers goalie prospect. Since then, he has turned 23, played 35 NHL games, finished first in the NHL in goals-against average (1.91), and unseated the veteran John Vanbiesbrouck as the club's No. 1 stopper. Tonight, when the club opens the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Buffalo Sabres, he will become the Flyers' first rookie to tend goal in the postseason since Ron Hextall did so in 1987.