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June 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Senior Matt Hatch, a fleet left winger who helped Union College win the NCAA national championship this season, signed a free-agent contract Tuesday with the Flyers' top affiliate and will play for Lehigh Valley in the AHL. "He's a gritty kid with high-end speed," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. Hatch, 24, is the second player from Union in the Flyers' organization, joining highly touted defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. Hatch had 13 goals this season, then added four more in the postseason.
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June 4, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers officials would rather be preparing for the Stanley Cup Finals, but the team got dropped off at the train station early in the playoffs, so it's onto another big event that will soon take place at the Wells Fargo Center. Hello, NHL draft. For the first time ever, Philadelphia will host the draft, and Flyers executives are busy laying the behind-the-scenes groundwork for the June 27-28 event. Free tickets were offered to season-ticket holders and in an online lottery.
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May 31, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider, who brought hockey to Philadelphia in 1967 as founder of the Flyers, is battling an unspecified cancer and completed chemotherapy this week, according to several sources. "He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said. The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy. " Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said.
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May 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the Flyers' perspective, there are two ways to look at the fact that the New York Rangers could be on their way to reaching the Stanley Cup Finals: Having extended the Rangers to the limit in the first round, the Flyers could just as easily still be playing. Therefore, they are thisclose to being a legitimate Stanley Cup contender and not many offseason moves are needed. Or . . . The Flyers are noticeably lacking in speed when compared with Eastern Conference finalists Montreal and the Rangers, and they cannot match either team's defense.
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May 19, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WITHOUT AS much as a phone call, Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson bolted for Russia. For Gustafsson, the writing apparently was on the wall. In addition to acquiring Andrew MacDonald last season before the trade deadline, coach Craig Berube decided to use 39-year-old Hal Gill over him for Game 5 against the Rangers, with Nick Grossmann out. Yesterday, while skating for Sweden in the World Championships in Belarus, word leaked out that Gustafsson will join Avangard Omsk in Russia's KHL next season.
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May 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Holmgren was an aggressive, feisty player, and he took those characteristics into the Flyers front office, where he wasn't afraid to roll the dice on moves that shook the hockey world. Ron Hextall, who recently replaced Holmgren as the Flyers general manager, was also a combative player, one who holds the all-time NHL record for career penalty minutes (584) by a goalie. But don't expect him to strike with the boldness that marked Holmgren's tenure, one that included the trades of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards and the signing of restricted free-agent Shea Weber to an offer sheet.
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May 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he waited to be selected in the 1982 draft, a budding young goalie named Ron Hextall had particular disdain for one NHL team. The Flyers. Growing up and watching the Flyers try to intimidate his father and uncle - feisty NHL players during the Broad Street Bullies' heyday - Hextall did not have a warm and fuzzy feeling about the Orange and Black.   "I absolutely hated them," he said from his Voorhees office last week, five days after he got what he called his "dream job" - becoming the seventh general manager in Flyers history.
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May 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers want to re-sign 39-year-old Kimmo Timonen, and though the veteran defenseman is considering retirement, he hinted he wants to come back for one last chance to win a Stanley Cup. But as new general manager Ron Hextall examines his needs and his team's precarious salary-cap situation, the question he faces is this: Are the Flyers better off going with a cheaper defenseman for 2014-15 and using the money they save on a left winger?...
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May 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says he likes the group of forwards he has inherited, but implied something is missing. "Whether it's a perfect fit, that's a thing I tend to look at - the lines and the fit," Hextall said after being named Paul Holmgren's successor Wednesday. "There's a couple things. We had a lot of guys move around the lineup this year. I'd like to find one or two guys that are a little better fit. I don't know if that will be out there or not. That would be one priority.
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