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September 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his first public comments since blood clots were diagnosed in his lungs and right calf in early August, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen admitted that his career is hanging by a thread. "My desire is that I want to play, but the chance of me playing is really slim. That's the fact," Timonen said at a hastily called news conference Thursday at the Flyers' training facility in Voorhees. Timonen, 39, who had planned for 2014-15 to be his 16th and final season, said that he has seen several doctors since his diagnosis and that the blood clots have not gone away.
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September 20, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Kimmo Timonen hadn't yet told the Flyers that blood clots had snaked from his right leg to his lung, putting his career in the gravest jeopardy, and without even knowing it Ron Hextall already had explored a contingency plan. The Flyers' first-year general manager, Hextall had spent a good bit of time this summer trading phone calls with Michael Del Zotto's representatives at Newport Sports Management, gauging Del Zotto's interest in coming to Philadelphia. The Nashville Predators hadn't bothered to make a qualifying offer to Del Zotto after his subpar season with them, and even if Timonen hadn't faced his health crisis, Hextall thought it possible that Del Zotto would want a fresh start, and that, for an affordable salary-cap number and minimal risk, the Flyers might acquire a swift, still-young defenseman whose stock had fallen.
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September 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Couturier has blossomed into one of the NHL's best defensive forwards, but that's only one of the reasons the Flyers selected him eighth overall in the 2011 draft. The 21-year-old center is starting his fourth NHL season, and the Flyers - who open training camp Friday morning in Voorhees - want him to be more than a defensive specialist, more than a superb penalty killer. They want him to become one of the team's offensive threats. "It's time for Coots to move forward here and become a better 200-foot player," first-year Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.
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September 19, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
1 Conditioning: Last fall, Ed Snider called it the worst training camp he'd seen in his 46 seasons as team owner. Peter Laviolette was fired three games into the regular season when the Flyers broke out of the gate winless. This time, coach Craig Berube said he kept in touch with every player over the summer, asked a few to shed body fat, and vows his team will be in top physical shape. 2 Vinny Lecavalier: Both the Flyers and veteran forward Vinny Lecavalier say there are no hard feelings after a trying offseason.
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September 19, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
KIMMO TIMONEN has skated in five Winter Olympics, won four Olympic medals. He has been named to an NHL All-Star team five times. He has been tabbed as the Flyers' top defenseman five times, second only to Eric Desjardins. In his 15-year NHL career, Timonen has earned a staggering $58,350,000 in salary. He has a beautiful wife, a hockey-loving son and two adoring daughters. Yet, even though the scrappy, 10th-round draft pick has gotten way more out of hockey than he ever could have dreamed as a boy in Finland, Timonen is still not ready to walk away from the game.
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September 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Handcuffed by salary-cap woes he inherited, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was unable to upgrade the team in the offseason. Hextall isn't worried. The former standout goaltender believes he has a solid nucleus that features center Claude Giroux, right winger Wayne Simmonds, and goalie Steve Mason. He thinks a year of maturity will help the younger players make major strides, and says having their first training camp under coach Craig Berube will help the Flyers get off to a better start than last year.
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September 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider, looking trim and fit and confirming he is cancer-free after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, admitted Saturday that patience has not been his best virtue. The Flyers' chairman said new general manager Ron Hextall will help change that. "I think Ron has established a philosophy that is probably long overdue," Snider said after watching the first day of Flyers' rookie camp in Voorhees. "I have probably been a little too anxious to win another Cup. I was very patient when I was young, when we built the winners.
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September 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four players who are viewed as the future of the Flyers' defense - Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Sam Morin, and Travis Sanheim - will be among the prospects on display Friday when the club opens rookie camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The five-day camp will end with a rookie game Tuesday at 3 p.m. against the Washington Capitals in Voorhees. All of the promising defensemen figure to start the season with the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms or in juniors, but general manager Ron Hextall said he has no preconceived notions.
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September 4, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EVEN ZAC RINALDO himself was a caught off-guard. More than 10 months before the expiration of his current contract, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall locked up Rinaldo to a fresh, 2-year extension, the team announced yesterday. Rinaldo, 24, is now signed for the next three seasons by the team he grew up rooting for in Hamilton, Ontario. According to Rogers Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Rinaldo will earn a slight pay raise, to an average of $850,000 per season in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
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August 27, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE RUSSIAN Anti-Doping Agency suspended one of the country's top race-walking officials yesterday in connection with a major doping investigation. Viktor Kolesnikov is a director of Russia's race-walking center in the city of Saransk. The center has turned Russia into the dominant country in the sport, but has also seen at least 17 of its athletes banned or suspended for doping. Some of the athletes affected include Olympic 20-kilometer champion Elena Lashmanova , banned for 2 years in June, and Stanislav Emelyanov , stripped of his 2010 European gold medal last month.
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