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April 13, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Jake Voracek started from behind the Flyers net and weaved his way through the middle of their defensive zone, Steve Mason standing not 15 feet from him, Ottawa's Mark Stone lurking. There were just more than eight minutes left in the Flyers' 82d game, and the two players who before Saturday had been the team's best and most valuable were about to tie a fitting bow on this forgettable season. Voracek tried to deke his way past Stone. He couldn't. Stone stripped him of the puck and skated in alone on Mason, who already had set up two Senators goals himself by fumbling the puck.
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April 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers can go golfing. The Ottawa Senators can go compete for the Stanley Cup. Ottawa, sparked by rookie Mark Stone's 25th and 26th goals of the season, clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the church-quiet Wells Fargo Center. "It sucks seeing the other team celebrate," winger Jake Voracek said after only the Flyers' second regulation loss in their last 18 games against teams in a playoff spot. The Flyers finished 33-31-18, their second-worst record in the last 18 years, excluding lockout-shortened seasons.
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April 12, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE FLYERS signed defenseman Brandon Manning to a 1-year contract extension yesterday, general manager Ron Hextall announced. Manning's new deal is a "one-way" contract, meaning it does not have an AHL component. Manning, 24, will play his 11th and final game for the Flyers this season. Based on his age and experience, he was due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Instead, he will fight for a full-time job in September on a crowded blue line, likely turning down more lucrative offers overseas for the opportunity.
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April 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers coach Craig Berube is signed through the end of next season, but he knows that doesn't guarantee he will return. The Flyers, futile on the road and against the league's weaker teams, are going to miss the playoffs, and general manager Ron Hextall said he will evaluate Berube after the season, which ends Saturday. Berube was asked if he thought his chances were good that he would return. "I'm confident, but I don't really think about it," he said Thursday after the morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.
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April 8, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
FIGURE THIS one out: Brayden Schenn has accumulated nearly 15 percent of his entire season's point total in the last three games. In the penultimate week of a non-playoff season. Add his recent performance to the list of perplexing items about this Flyers team, up there with the disparaging road record (10-20-11), Steve Mason's win total (17) despite a franchise-record save percentage (.929), and Craig Berube's depth charts. Schenn, 23, tied for the league lead in scoring last week with six points - three goals and three assists - in the Flyers' three games (2-0-1)
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April 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has  been extremely inconsistent this season, stirring rumors that general manager Ron Hextall might put him on the trading block this summer.   But Schenn, who is just 23 despite playing in six NHL seasons, has also shown glimpses of dominance - such as his fourth two-goal performance of the season in Wednesday's 4-1 win in Pittsburgh - that make him such an intriguing player.   Is Schenn someone who is just scratching his potential and one of the Flyers' building blocks?
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April 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn will have abdominal surgery on Thursday but will be ready for the start of training camp, general manager Ron Hextall announced Wednesday before the game in Pittsburgh. Hextall said Schenn, who missed the last four games, had an injury similar to that of R.J. Umberger, who recently underwent an abdominal procedure. Umberger also had hip surgery. Schenn does not have a hip problem. The Flyers have a glaring need for a No. 1 defenseman, but because of salary-cap problems, Hextall said that player would have to come from within the organization.
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April 3, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - The point of the season is upon us where injury news about the Flyers will begin to leak out little by little, offering a more complete view into their troubles this year. Defenseman Luke Schenn is tentatively scheduled to undergo surgery this morning in Philadelphia to repair a torn abdominal muscle. His season is over, and he joins Wayne Simmons (fractured left leg), Andrew MacDonald (fractured right hand) and R.J. Umberger (abdomen/hip surgery) on the shelf. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Schenn's expected recovery time is 6 weeks.
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April 3, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF THERE was ever any doubt about whether Ron Hextall's views were in line with chairman Ed Snider on the subject of tanking, no longer. Yes, as Paul Holmgren joked on the day he was promoted to president last May, Hextall really does have a Flyers logo tattooed on his butt. Aware of the fans in Buffalo cheering for the Sabres to lose recently in a game dubbed the "McEichel Bowl" for increasing odds of landing generational talents Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Hextall shook his head on Wednesday night.
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March 31, 2015 | Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
RON HEXTALL remains as a tight-lipped as ever about his vision for the Flyers. He did, however, let one little tease slip last week at a "town hall" style meeting with season-ticketholders, when asked if he could quickly retool the Flyers into a playoff team this summer. "You can plan all you want," Hextall told one group, "but someone else has to buy what you're selling. " You'd have to think the quickest way to reshape the Flyers is to "sell" some of the defensemen on the roster this summer to make room for younger players.
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