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February 3, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
JAKE VORACEK wasn't just spitballing last week when he said the Flyers needed to win 25 of their final 34 games in order to make the playoffs. Or, if he was, it was a pretty good guess. "Now, we have 20 or 21 to go," Voracek said Saturday night, after the Flyers won their fourth straight. "We know how many points we're out and how many points the other teams have. We have just got to keep grinding. It's all in our hands. " I hate to be the bearer of reality, but just about the only thing this season-high win streak has brought the Flyers is worse odds in the NHL draft lottery.
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January 31, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 90 minutes after Flyers coach Craig Berube strongly implied that veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen was going to play this season, general manager Ron Hextall called an impromptu news conference Thursday night and explained that a decision was still in the works. "I just want to clarify that there has been no definitive decision on Kimmo coming back," Hextall said. "There's still a process going on. " Timonen, 39, has missed the season because of blood clots in his lungs and leg. The clots in his lung have cleared, the Flyers said.
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January 30, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCOTT LAUGHTON cannot explain what changed or why, and he hasn't spent a ton of time racking his sore brain for a reason. Whatever the case, Laughton said he woke up on Monday after the All-Star break and finally felt like himself again. He had been struggling since getting rocked by Washington's Matt Niskanen on Jan. 14. "Something might have clicked that morning and I just started to feel better," Laughton said. "It's been a good week for me and I'm going to continue to look forward.
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January 30, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
OF THE FOUR men who began this fall as the general managers of our professional sports franchises, three remain in those jobs. The odd man out was clearly the most successful of the four, helping to build a roster that won 10 of its 16 games despite season-ending injuries to its quarterback and defensive captain; despite spearheading, just a season before, the successful hiring of the most coveted coach at the time, Chip Kelly. Odd man out may be somewhat inaccurate, for Howie Roseman is still with the Eagles organization, but bumped so far upstairs that he will need field glasses to view the assemblage of players he was once chiefly responsible for. In that, he is more exiled than Flyers president Paul Holmgren, who is still consulted by the man who replaced him, or so Ron Hextall says.
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January 30, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
KIMMO TIMONEN has worked out almost every day since September, mostly at the Flyers' practice facility. Some days, he's played tennis locally. His possible return to the ice after being diagnosed with multiple blood clots in August took one step further yesterday, when he was fitted for a new pair of skates. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall offered no real update on Timonen yesterday, though meetings about his return continued with team brass, doctors, lawyers and league headquarters.
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January 30, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When discussing Kimmo Timonen's health and his possible return, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall seemed more upbeat Wednesday than at any time since it was announced that the veteran defenseman had blood clots. Hextall, for the first time, even talked about salary-cap implications if the 39-year-old Timonen returns. "We'll have to make a move if Kimmo comes back," he said. Timonen's blood clots cleared from his lungs but not his legs, Hextall said on Jan. 17. He has missed the entire season.
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January 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Flyers resume action Tuesday against Arizona at the Wells Fargo Center, they will try to avoid the same letdown that followed their last lengthy break. The Flyers are 12 points out of the Eastern Conference's last playoff spot with 34 games left, and they have little margin for error if they hope to play in the postseason. "We've got to bear down, see what's at stake, and make a strong push here," said defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who got married in the Bahamas during the all-star break.
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January 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo was suspended by the NHL for eight games Monday because of an illegal first-period hit on Pittsburgh's Kris Letang last Tuesday. "He knows he can't hit somebody from behind like that, you know what I mean?" coach Craig Berube said Monday after practice in Voorhees. ". . . I've said it a hundred times. " Letang did not return in the Flyers' 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins, and he was unable to play in Pittsburgh's next game. It was Rinaldo's third suspension.
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January 25, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With each cent the Canadian dollar drops in relation to its American counterpart, so too may Ron Hextall's chances to hasten the Flyers' rebuild. At the NHL's Board of Governors meetings in Florida in early December, commissioner Gary Bettman suggested next season's salary cap might rise to $73 million from this year's $69 million limit. When he made that prediction, the Canadian loonie was trading at 89 cents to one American dollar. Yesterday, it closed at 80 cents on the market.
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January 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Brandon Manning, confident after serving previous stints with the big-league team, replaced the injured Nick Schultz in the Flyers' lineup against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. "Knowing all the guys and being comfortable with the area and the rink goes a long way, for sure," Manning said before the game. When he was recalled from the Phantoms on Monday, Manning, 24, had six goals and 25 points, seventh among AHL defensemen. Manning, scheduled to play in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday, also was recalled by the Flyers on Oct. 29 and played in two games.
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