June 15, 2014 |
DAYS AFTER the Flyers' Game 7 loss to the Rangers, Kimmo Timonen acknowledged he was full of doubts as to whether he could handle the rigors of another 82-game season - both physically and mentally. But then . . . he took a vacation, came back and turned on the television. "Time goes by," Timonen said, "and you watch these games and watch the playoffs and start working out, you get the feeling that, 'I don't think it's time to retire.' " So, after reassuring general manager Ron Hextall he was ready for his eighth season as a Flyer, the sides worked out a 1-year contract extension that was consummated yesterday.
June 13, 2014
The Flyers signed speedy left winger/center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a native of Paris, to an NHL contract on Wednesday. "He's a versatile player who can kill penalties and he adds depth to our forward group," general manager Ron Hextall said. The 6-foot, 196-pound Bellemare, 29, scored the shootout winner in an upset of Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championships, where he had eight points in eight games. In 52 games last season with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League, Bellemare scored 20 goals and had 35 points and a plus-21 rating.
June 13, 2014 |
AFTER STRIKING gold last summer with free-agent forward Michael Raffl, the Flyers have once again turned to Sweden in an attempt to fill a hole on their roster. The Flyers announced the signing of French left winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to an NHL contract yesterday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Bellemare, 29, is a native of Paris. He has spent the last five seasons skating in Sweden's top league with Skelleftea AIK, capturing two consecutive championships. Bellemare likely stood out to the Flyers' scouting staff last month at the world championships, when he skated alongside Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel.
June 6, 2014 |
The Flyers announced a two-year affiliation Wednesday with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. That will give the Flyers an all-Pennsylvania minor-league system for the first time since 1997-98, when their prospects played for the Philadelphia Phantoms and Johnstown Chiefs. The geographic proximity to the affiliates "will give our coaches and scouting department the best possible platform" to monitor the prospects' development, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said, adding he was "excited to be entering a new era for the Flyers with respect to player development.
June 5, 2014 |
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.
June 4, 2014 |
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.
May 31, 2014 |
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.
May 25, 2014 |
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.
May 19, 2014 |
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.