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November 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA, Ontario - With the Flyers offense struggling, general manager Ron Hextall may soon be tempted to recall high-scoring left winger Petr Straka from the Phantoms. For now, however, Hextall, is staying patient. That means the speedy Straka - who scored his AHL-leading 11th goal Saturday - is staying with Lehigh Valley for the time being. The general manager wants Straka, 23, to manage the puck better and improve defensively. "He's getting better than he was the last two years; he's paying the price more," Hextall said before the Flyers played in Ottawa on Saturday night.
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November 20, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
BACK IN September, when Shayne Gostisbehere was turning heads during Flyers training camp, the 22-year-old defenseman had a simple yet practical approach to how he was grading his performances and thinking about where he'd end up. After missing nearly all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Gostisbehere quite simply wanted to get games under his belt, whether that meant with Lehigh Valley of the AHL or with the...
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November 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ron Hextall is not the only general manager in the NHL who would prefer to proceed with caution when it comes to throwing his young defensemen into the deep end of the pool. Examine the second and third rounds of the 2012 NHL draft and you'll find that only five of the 15 defensemen taken in those rounds have skated on NHL ice. None of the 15 had seen significant time before this season. Necessity, however, can be the determining factor as to when it is time for some youthful intervention.
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November 18, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
THE TWO lasting memories of being a Flyer, in Simon Gagne's mind, are pretty fitting ones, mostly because of the way they bookend his significant time in Philadelphia. The first, he told reporters on a conference call Friday, was his rookie season. The 1999-2000 season, a year after the Flyers selected the Quebec native 22nd overall, saw the Flyers fall one game short of reaching the Stanley Cup Final. But Gagne scored 20 goals and tallied 28 assists that season, turning 20 in February.
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November 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Flyers hope defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and left winger Taylor Leier can energize a team that has looked slow and out-of-sync in much of the season's first five weeks. The speedy rookies did just that on Saturday, hours after being recalled from the AHL's Phantoms. After a slow start perhaps caused by nervousness or because they played a minor-league game the previous night, the young players got better each period, helping the Flyers overcome a two-goal deficit and outlast Carolina in overtime, 3-2, at PNC Arena.
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November 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - Call it a mixed bag for the Flyers. They got younger and faster Saturday but, at the same time, lost the services of their best all-around defenseman, Mark Streit, for six weeks. The Flyers recalled defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and left winger Taylor Leier from the Phantoms, and both were in the lineup Saturday in Carolina. The Flyers were able to fit them under the cap because they placed Streit on the long-term injured reserve list, freeing $5.25 million in space.
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November 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - Right winger Jake Voracek couldn't have scored his first goal of the season at a more opportune time, capping a furious late comeback Saturday night that gave the Flyers a stunning victory at PNC Arena. Just 37 seconds into overtime, Voracek redirected Michael Del Zotto's slap-pass past Cam Ward to lift the Flyers past Carolina, 3-2, and end his 19-game goalless streak. It was his first goal in 17 games this season. "It's a big weight off my shoulders," said Voracek, who finished fourth in the NHL with 81 points last season.
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November 13, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
THROUGH THE pauses and confusion that come hand-in-hand with the language barrier, one thing was sure after Thursday's morning skate: Evgeny Medvedev is excited to be back. And the Flyers should be welcoming the Russian defenseman, whose English is still improving, with wide-open arms. Puck-possession metrics show exactly how crucial Medvedev is to the team that entered Thursday tied with Anaheim for dead last in goals scored. The Flyers are better at getting the puck out of their own zone with possession when he is playing.
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November 13, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
IT WAS probably the hardest practice the Flyers had since training camp, and there weren't many smiles when players started filtering off the ice. Then Jake Voracek, who has yet to score this season, saw Liam Idzi and couldn't help but smile. Liam, 8, came from Madison, Wis., with his family and nurse, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Liam is in a wheelchair because he's been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a difficult-to-treat form of epilepsy.
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November 11, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The more Michal Neuvirth plays, the more the Flyers goalie says his confidence grows. And that confidence could continue to blossom as Neuvirth stakes his claim for more playing time. Neuvirth, 27, leads the NHL with three shutouts. His latest was a 28-save effort Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. He is fourth in the league in goals against average (1.81) and is tied for first in save percentage (.945). Coach Dave Hakstol said after practice Monday that Steve Mason remains the team's No. 1 goalie.
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