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June 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers are thin on promising young forwards and have missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, making next weekend's deep draft a potential launching point for general manager Ron Hextall and his staff. The Flyers have two first-round picks (Nos. 7 and 29), seven selections in the first four rounds, and 10 picks overall. "This is a very critical draft for us," Hextall said during a news conference Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I think one of the more critical drafts in years.  We've got to hit.  We have to hit here.  We do have a lot of picks, and we have some holes to fill.  We need to keep young players coming.
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June 19, 2015 | Staff Report
NEW FLYERS coach Dave Hakstol has yet to fill out his staff. The logical supposition, given Hakstol's college roots, is that at least one member of the staff will be an NHL veteran, possibly with head coaching experience. Phantoms coach Terry Murray, went the speculation, would have fit perfectly, given his head coaching experience with the Capitals, Flyers, Panthers and Kings. But Murray is going to Buffalo instead, joining new coach Dan Bylsma's staff. Buffalo's general manager is Tim Murray, Terry's nephew.
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June 18, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his team's 2-0, title-clinching win over Tampa Bay on Monday night, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews could have handed the Stanley Cup to one of his many longtime teammates. Instead, in a classy move, he gave the iconic trophy to a defenseman who had played for Chicago for all of 31/2 months. Kimmo Timonen, 40, had waited his whole life for that moment. Timonen, the ex-Flyer whom Chicago acquired just before the trade deadline, raised the Cup triumphantly and skated around the ice while the red-clad Blackhawks fans let out a roar that lived up to the United Center's nickname: Madhouse on Madison.
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June 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - When the Flyers make the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft on June 26, they may have a choice between defenseman Ivan Provorov or forwards Lawson Crouse, Kyle Connor, Mathew Barzal, Mikko Rantanen, or Pavel Zacha. Craig Button, the former Calgary general manager who is a draft expert for TSN in Canada, admires all of the players, but he says Provorov, 18, is the best of the group. "He has everything," Button said while watching players go through fitness testing Saturday at the NHL scouting combine.
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June 9, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - From Bill Barber to John Stevens to Terry Murray, just one man without a tie as a Flyers player has been head coach of the Phantoms in the 19 years since the Flyers purchased managing control of their American Hockey League affiliate. That may change this summer. The Flyers interviewed Kris Knoblauch, who coached Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters to the Ontario Hockey League championship series this spring, during the NHL combine in Buffalo last week, according to sources.
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June 8, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nearly three weeks after his hiring, Dave Hakstol is still sorting out who will join him on the Flyers' bench as assistant coaches. One thing is clear: One of Hakstol's assistants from North Dakota, Dane Jackson, will not relocate to Philadelphia. Hakstol approached Jackson about the opportunity, but Jackson - who played 45 NHL games and coached with Hakstol for nine seasons - declined because of family reasons. Jackson's wife, Carrie, has roots in the Grand Forks area.
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June 5, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE NHL DRAFT is 22 days away, but there is little intrigue as to how Round 1 will begin on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. - not with two generational talents who have set themselves apart from the rest. Connor McDavid will go No. 1 to Edmonton. Jack Eichel will quickly follow at No. 2 to Buffalo. After that? Anyone's guess. But with a crop of talent that rivals the all-time deep draft class of 2003 - when the Flyers nabbed Jeff Carter at No. 11 and Mike Richards at No. 24 - the Flyers are in a solid position to pick at No. 7. "I think as a group, this might be as good as that group back in 2003," Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor said yesterday in a conference call from the draft combine in Buffalo.
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June 2, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fact that Chicago will meet Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Finals is a mixed bag for the Flyers. The good news: Because the Blackhawks reached the Finals on Saturday with a 5-3 win over Anaheim, the Flyers will receive the maximum return in the Kimmo Timonen trade: second-round draft picks this year and in 2016. The bad news: With Tampa Bay winning the Eastern Conference, the first-round pick the Flyers will receive from the Braydon Coburn trade will be 29th or 30th. It could have been as high as 22d. Timonen, 40, was sidelined by blood clots when he was with the Flyers this season.
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May 24, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Sports Columnist
SINCE MY LAST column, a lot has happened that affects Philadelphia's sports teams and, for a change, all of it is positive. Perhaps the best news came from the Flyers. After failing to make the playoffs, chairman Ed Snider and general manager Ron Hextall decided a coaching change was necessary and fired Craig Berube. When that happened, I was afraid they would go out and hire another recycled veteran NHL coach who had held a few head-coaching jobs with a mixed record of success. But Ed and Ron did something bold - they broke the mold and hired a great college coach, David Hakstol, from the University of North Dakota.
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May 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second straight day, the Flyers signed a player from Russia's KHL. They added speedy 5-foot-11, 188-pound free-agent right winger Aaron Palushaj, a Michigan native, on Thursday. Palushaj, 25, played 68 NHL games earlier in his career. He split last season between two KHL teams, collecting a total of seven goals and 21 points in 53 games. A former player at the University of Michigan, Palushaj played briefly with Montreal, Colorado, and Carolina in the NHL, accumulating three goals and 14 points while averaging 9 minutes and 2 seconds of ice time in 68 games.
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