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November 6, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EVEN CHRIS VANDEVELDE was mildly surprised when he strolled into the Flyers' dressing room yesterday morning before practice and found his name slotted next to Claude Giroux's and Jake Voracek's on the top line. With co-leading goal-scorer Michael Raffl out for the next 6 weeks with a "lower-body" injury after blocking a shot Tuesday against Edmonton, coach Craig Berube chose VandeVelde to fill the void. It's an awfully big jump for VandeVelde, who began the season on the Phantoms' second line, and has never played full time on an NHL top line.
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November 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers received crushing news Wednesday: Michael Raffl, the emerging top-line left winger who shares the team lead with six goals, will miss six weeks because of an apparent foot injury he suffered blocking a third-period shot Tuesday in a 4-1 win over Edmonton. "He's been a huge part of our line and our team," right winger Jake Voracek said Wednesday after practice in Voorhees. "It's tough to see him go down, especially after the start he's had . . . but like I said, hockey injuries happen.
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November 3, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - The Flyers' 4-4-2 October record wasn't spectacular by any means, but, considering their difficult schedule and their multitude of injuries, it was a respectable start. Respectable and, in some ways, encouraging. Encouraging because they beat quality teams like the Penguins and defending Stanley Cup champion Kings - even though their top three defensemen were unable to play because of injuries and ailments. Encouraging because they were competitive in almost every game, despite the fact that their No. 1 goalie, Steve Mason, failed to register an October win. Encouraging because right winger Jake Voracek is blossoming into a star, because the team has gotten more than anyone could have expected from defenseman Nick Schultz, goalie Ray Emery, and left winger Michael Raffl.
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November 2, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - While veteran Carlo Colaiacovo joined his new Flyers teammates and practiced with them Friday, rookie Shayne Gostisbehere prepared to head back to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. After a deal to play in Russia hit a snag, Colaiacovo signed a $625,000, two-way contract Friday, but he will not be ready for Saturday night's game against Florida. The 31-year-old defenseman is hopeful of making his Flyers debut Tuesday against visiting Edmonton. On Saturday, as Colaiacovo continues to round into game shape, Brandon Manning will again be on the third pairing.
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November 1, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TAMPA, Fla. - Shayne Gostisbehere kind of had a feeling he might find himself the odd man out of the Flyers' lineup sooner or later. After all, Gostisbehere could read Ron Hextall's quotes about him. Hextall made it abundantly clear last week that he didn't want Gostisbehere in the NHL yet. Hextall even went as far as saying his top defensive prospect was only granted "day-to-day" status on the roster - a message that went well beyond any...
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November 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - As expected, Brandon Manning replaced highly touted Shayne Gostisbehere in the Flyers' ever-revolving defensive lineup Thursday night. After a slow start, Manning played well in the team's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, but he may not be playing too many games for the Flyers in the coming weeks. After the game, the Flyers announced they had signed 6-foot-1, 200-pound Carlo Colaiacovo, an unrestricted free agent. He played in 25 games with St. Louis last season, collecting four points and a minus-4 rating.
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October 29, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WHEN PAUL Holmgren was promoted to Flyers team president last May, he didn't pack any boxes. Unlike his predecessor, Peter Luukko, who also served as Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer, Holmgren didn't want or need a cushy office at Wells Fargo Center. For one, keeping his old digs at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., allowed him to stay closer to his South Jersey home. More importantly, with an office window that overlooks the ice, Holmgren could remain close enough to feel the heartbeat of the team he has spent almost his entire adult life employed by. "I'm still around the hockey team enough to feel the excitement of it," Holmgren said.
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October 29, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
BILL MASON'S cellphone bill may be a bit higher this month than normal. That's because his son, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, said he's needed a few lengthy phone calls to vent after a frustrating start to the season. Mason, 26, is off to a tough start. He doesn't have a win in five games and his save percentage is .878, tying him for 50th in the NHL. He has been in this position before - many times, in fact, in Columbus. This isn't his first time playing with a shoddy defense.
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October 28, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Mason said his mother would like "more than anything" to have a conversation with her son where the two actually talk. The Flyers goalkeeper calls home after each game - win or lose - to talk with his parents, who live near Toronto. And after his last few starts, Mason has used the calls to vent. "Sometimes the conversations last 10 seconds with a couple [expletives]," said Mason, after Sunday's practice. "They put up with it. They're my parents. " Mason started five of the season's first six games.
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