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January 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen's future is still clouded, injured goalie Steve Mason is making progress and he will probably play next week, and winger Zac Rinaldo will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Monday, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday evening. Timonen, 39, one of the best defensemen in Flyers history, has not played this season because of blood clots. Timonen and Hextall were among those on a conference call with doctors earlier Wednesday.
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January 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SPECULATION around the Flyers is growing that defenseman Kimmo Timonen may return to the ice, after all, this season. Timonen, 39, who has been on injured reserve this season due to blood clots, has maintained he would rather retire with his skates on than shoes. So far, after days of deliberation, doctors have not yet told him, or the Flyers, that he cannot resume his career. The Flyers have consulted with multiple doctors and experts since CT scans revealed last Friday that one of the multiple blood clots discovered in his body in August has not yet been fully reabsorbed into his system.
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January 21, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Trivia question: Which Flyers defenseman has skated 4 minutes and 10 seconds more than any other player on the team over the last three games? Hint: He did not play for the Islanders at any point in his career. (That covers Mark Streit and Andrew MacDonald.) Hint No. 2: He does not have a brother on the team. (Hello, Luke Schenn.) Hint No. 3: He is not the Minnesota Wild's all-time leader in games played. (Goodbye, Nick Schultz.) The answer is Michael Del Zotto, who has improbably become the Flyers' hottest commodity over the last 3 weeks after sitting out as a healthy scratch 11 times in a 13-game span in December.
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January 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Flyers have virtually fallen out of the playoff race by winning just four of their last 13 games (4-8-1), during which they have had a common theme: awful starts. They fell into a quick 2-0 hole Monday en route to a 7-4 loss to the Islanders. In the last 13 games, the Flyers have allowed the opening goal 11 times, and they have been outscored, 15-4, in the first period. "It just seems like we're kind of waiting around maybe a little bit, and not executing the way we need to be," said defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who had three hits, two blocked shots, and an "even" rating.
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January 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, Flyers center Scott Laughton did not play against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday because of an upper-body injury he suffered the previous night. Laughton was leveled on an open-ice hit by Matt Niskanen in the second period of the Flyers' 1-0 loss in Washington. Both Laughton and his helmet were sent flying by the jarring hit. The Flyers listed Laughton as day-to-day. Before the game at the Wells Fargo Center, Flyers coach Craig Berube was asked why no retaliatory measures were taken against Niskanen.
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January 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - General manager Ron Hextall's unconventional decision to carry eight defensemen has created frustration in the Flyers' locker room because two players have had to sit out games. But because of injuries to Braydon Coburn (left foot) and Nick Grossman (right shoulder), the Flyers are now thankful for their depth. Luke Schenn, Michael Del Zotto, and Andrew MacDonald, all of whom were yanked in and out of the lineup, are now assured of ice time. Ditto Carlo Colaiacovo, who had been a healthy scratch for 26 straight games before returning to the lineup Wednesday in Washington.
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January 16, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ROOKIE SCOTT Laughton was held out of last night's matchup with Vancouver after he was railroaded by Washington's Matt Niskanen on Wednesday night. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall officially deemed Laughton "day-to-day" with an "upper-body" injury, with signs pointing to a concussion. He was replaced by Zac Rinaldo in the lineup. Hextall said after Wednesday's game in Washington that he had no real timeline for Laughton to return. Laughton, 20, undeniably had his bell rung when Niskanen's textbook shoulder-to-chest blow popped off his helmet and sent him crashing to the ice. He leaves a large hole in the Flyers' lineup after centering the team's second line for much of the last month, even though his numbers weren't gaudy: two goals and four assists in 27 games.
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January 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Two nights after they erupted for seven goals, the Flyers couldn't put the puck past Washington goalie Braden Holtby, dropping a 1-0 decision Wednesday night at the red-clad Verizon Center. Holtby recorded his fourth shutout of the season as Washington won its seventh straight at home. The Caps have points in 18 of their last 19 games. With about a minute left, Holtby (21 saves) kept the Flyers scoreless after a wild scramble in front of the net. "I thought we did a pretty good job tonight.
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January 16, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Claude Giroux galloped through the neutral zone and dragged the puck through two outstretched defenders, finally breaking free just above the top of the circles. He unleashed a snap shot, not unlike one that has found the twine 133 other times in his career, but it was quickly gobbled up and swallowed by Braden Holtby. Giroux could do little more than shake his head and exhale, as he slid up the boards and back to the bench in disbelief. "I was coming in pretty fast," Giroux said, sighing.
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January 15, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ONE WEEK ago, Craig Berube enjoyed the luxury of eight healthy defensemen, inducing a carnival-like rotation of bodies in and out of the lineup based on performance, matchup or even whim. In three games, the revolving eight dwindled to the minimum six. Defenseman Braydon Coburn was the latest bitten by the injury bug, joining Nick Grossmann on the sideline. Coburn will miss approximately 4 weeks with his "lower-body" injury, believed to be another fracture in the same left foot that was dinged on opening night on Oct. 8 in Boston and caused him to sit for 12 games.
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