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June 25, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - There is a wall in the Brandon Wheat Kings' weight room at their home rink, Keystone Centre, filled with colorful photos and stats of team alumni. It serves as both a nod to the stars of yesteryear and an ounce of motivation: Put in the work here and you can be on this wall one day. There is a photo of Brian Propp, a message depicting his 194-point season in 1978-79, which still stands as a franchise record. Ivan Provorov has played in Brandon, the only Manitoba-based team in the Western Hockey League, only since committing there last Aug. 14. Yet he became intimately familiar with the wall, absorbing his franchise's 79-year history.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE OBVIOUS first and second overall picks at this weekend's NHL draft, in order, are Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. That's been the consensus for a long time now. But the talent pool doesn't stop with those two offensive juggernauts. NHL scouts and experts believe this could be one of the most talented groups in recent history, which makes it a pretty good time for the Flyers to own two first-round draft picks. The Flyers, who finished 33-31-18 this season, will pick seventh overall.
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June 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is viewed as the best NHL draft since the epic 2003 class, which means the Flyers picked a good time to have a bad season. They will draft seventh and 29th in the first round Friday in Sunrise, Fla., and those picks, from all accounts, should produce high-quality players in time. The last time the Flyers had two first-round picks was in 2003, when they selected Jeff Carter 11th and Mike Richards 24th. Yes, the Flyers, owners of seven picks in the first four rounds, would gladly settle for draft choices who develop into those type of players.
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June 22, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE season ended and the Flyers had a vacancy at head coach, general manager Ron Hextall took a ride to the Lehigh Valley to meet with Phantoms coach Terry Murray. The meeting in Allentown wasn't to let Murray know he was being considered as a replacement to Craig Berube, but rather the opposite. Hextall told Murray, a former player and head coach in the organization, who also worked with Hextall in Los Angeles, he was not being tabbed as a candidate. Murray didn't expect to be, but he told Hextall he wanted to finish his career in the NHL. So once Hextall brought in Dave Hakstol from the University of North Dakota to be the Flyers' next head coach, many thought Murray would be the perfect fit to work alongside a guy with zero NHL coaching experience.
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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 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last month, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall went outside the box and hired a college coach, Dave Hakstol, to direct his team. So it was a bit surprising that Hextall went the conventional route Friday, announcing he had retained his remaining assistants from last season: Joe Mullen, Ian Laperriere, and Gord Murphy. Hextall said he and Hakstol decided "this was the best staff we could put together moving forward. The one thing I told Dave right from the start was I don't want to saddle you with a staff, I want you to be comfortable with everybody you're working with.
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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 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 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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