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October 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FOG WAS billowing out of the Zamboni entrance, with the Wells Fargo Center's new lighting system on display, as each Flyer skated out to a raucous introduction. Through all the pomp and circumstance of the home opener, the Flyers' longest-tenured player was conspicuously absent. Braydon Coburn, wearing a suit, was standing at the edge of the bench gripping crutches. Coburn, 29, sat out what would have been his eighth home opener with the team with an undisclosed "lower-body injury.
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October 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - He has a seat on the Flyers' chartered plane. He attends every practice - even the two in Cape Cod last weekend - and usually sits alone. He doesn't spend much time around the locker room. He is always sharply dressed, wearing a suit, and his strawberry blond hair is neatly coiffed. He is not a coach. He is not part of the medical or public relations staff. He does not carry equipment bags or massage players' sore shoulders. In fact, the only hint that he works for the team is that he carries a computer bag emblazoned with the Flyers logo.
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October 8, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ORLEANS, Mass. - For most of the Flyers, their weekend of paintball, fishing, golf and barbecue on Cape Cod was a trip with familiar friends. Twenty of the Flyers' 23 players are returnees, guys who have already gone to war with one another. For newcomer Michael Del Zotto, the team's annual bonding excursion was a chance to finally familiarize himself with teammates who had been hated enemies for the last five seasons. "I think everyone's been great," Del Zotto said with a laugh.
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October 7, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FLYERS are in an awkward "hat stage. " You know the feeling - if you're lucky enough to still have hair. That's when your hair is just long enough that it's unkempt, but not long enough that you're ready to shell out for that next trip to the barber. Or, in the Flyers' case this season, you're a team probably good enough to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, but not good enough to make a serious run at a Stanley Cup. Playing in the mediocre (that's putting it nicely) Eastern Conference only muddles the picture - or increases the frustration, depending on how you look at it.   If the Flyers had only brought in Ron Hextall a year or two sooner, they might be the team penciled into the Stanley Cup finals.
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October 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New general manager Ron Hextall says that the Flyers are "right under" the handful of NHL elite teams, and that if things break right and they "get the momentum going," anything can happen in the postseason. You have to admire Hextall for his optimism, especially after a quiet offseason for a team that made an early playoff exit last spring. Short on cap space, long on multiyear contracts, they didn't make a big splash in the free-agent market and didn't trade for any game-changing players.
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October 6, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FOR THE FIRST time in 43 seasons, Broad Street will be Bully-less. In each of those seasons, the Flyers have featured at least one player in the lineup whose sole responsibility was to fight. In 1996-97, when the Flyers went to the Stanley Cup final with Ron Hextall in net, all three players on their fourth line - the "Dan Line" of Dan Kordic, Dan Lacroix and Scott Daniels - racked up at least 160 penalty minutes each. Those days, the days of Dave Schultz and Donald Brashear are long gone.
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October 5, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SAM MORIN was summoned to Ron Hextall's office yesterday morning when he reported to the team's practice facility. As the 6-7 teenager lumbered up the stairs, Morin probably had a strong sense of his impending assignment, given that he wasn't a part of the Flyers' lineup in their preseason finale in Washington on Thursday. When the general manager delicately broke the news that the young defenseman needed to pack his bags to return to his junior team in Quebec, he had one question.
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October 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, once known as the Broad Street Bullies, put winger Jay Rosehill on waivers Thursday and will start the season without a heavyweight enforcer for the first time since the early 1970s. What in the name of Dave Schultz is going on here? Enforcers, Flyers coach Craig Berube said after Friday's practice in Voorhees, are needed less today than in the past. "I think everybody knows that," he said. "You look at the rules, look at the game, look at everything. " Over the years, the Flyers have had more than 30 enforcers, including Dave Schultz, Paul Holmgren, Ed Hospodar, Glen Cochrane, Dave Brown, Donald Brashear, Berube, Riley Cote, and Jody Shelley.
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October 4, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Based on general manager Ron Hextall's denial of a report that he was trying to trade Luke Schenn or Nick Grossmann, the Flyers used their expected opening-night defense Thursday night when they closed their preseason with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals. Sam Morin, 19, was not one of the six defensemen, which would seem to indicate that he will soon be sent back to his junior team - unless the Flyers trade a veteran defenseman. "He's played a lot of games and is a little tired," coach Craig Berube said before the game.
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