June 23, 2015 |
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.
March 16, 2015 |
There is a positive to the Flyers' falling out of playoff contention: They now will be part of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. By all accounts, McDavid, a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound center, is a franchise cornerstone, a player who is being compared to (gulp) Sidney Crosby. Thanks to their Great Meltdown Against League Lightweights, the Flyers will be in the April draft lottery. They have the league's eighth-worst record, and if they stay there, they would have a 6 percent chance to get the No. 1 overall pick.
December 5, 2014 |
ANAHEIM - Killing time during a television timeout midway through the second period on Wednesday night, Scott Laughton was in an unusual spot on the Honda Center ice. He wasn't at the bench with his teammates. He wasn't slugging a sip of water. Instead, Laughton was near center ice, chatting with a referee. It was a strange scene. Referees don't always have time for players - especially rookies. Respect in the NHL is earned with games played. Whatever the conversation was about - perhaps a deferential Laughton had a question about a particular call or procedure - it seemed to work.
May 7, 2014
CLAUDE GIROUX was announced yesterday as one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the top overall player in the NHL, as voted by his peers. Giroux, 26, closed with 79 points in his final 67 games of the regular season. Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby also were nominated. The award, formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, is the only one voted on by players themselves. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards on June 24 in Las Vegas.
May 2, 2014 |
ON A SOLEMN DAY usually reserved for locker cleanout and one last team excursion to Atlantic City to drown a long season, Claude Giroux did one better yesterday. Giroux earned himself a trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. The Flyers' captain was announced as one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player, along with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf. The winner will be announced June 24 at the Wynn Las Vegas. "To be nominated is a great honor," Giroux said in a statement.
April 18, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It was the best season no one talked about. Perhaps because it is expected with a player of his stature and skill, Sidney Crosby posted the NHL's third 100-point season since 2010, and even the most hardcore hockey observers did little more than shrug their shoulders. Free of drama or intrigue, adding to the malaise, Crosby had the scoring race locked up in December. This was Crosby's fifth career 100-point season in 9 years in the league. How impressive was it?
February 1, 2014 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Throughout Thursday night's game, the chants that echoed around the Honda Center made you feel as if your were in South Philly, not Southern California: "Let's Go Flyers!" The Flyers attracted their fans, played hard, but made too many mistakes in front of goalie Steve Mason. And that doesn't work too well when you face the NHL's best team, the Anaheim (mighty) Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf had his second career Gordie Howe hat trick _ a goal, assist, and fight _ as the Ducks outlasted the Flyers, 5-3. The Ducks, a physical team, had traffic in front of Mason for most of the game and that contributed to a few of their goals.
January 31, 2014 |
The Flyers believe Tuesday's 5-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings came just at the right time. That's because the win ended a four-game losing streak just before they embark on a three-game trip to the West Coast that couldn't be more challenging. It begins Thursday in Anaheim and continues Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles against the Kings before concluding Monday night in San Jose. Entering Wednesday, Anaheim led the NHL with 83 points. San Jose was in second place in the Pacific Division behind Anaheim with 74 points, and Los Angeles was third with 66. The Flyers (26-22-6)
October 31, 2013 |
Once again, an awful third period doomed the enigmatic Flyers. They blew a two-goal lead and had their modest two-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Anaheim Ducks at the boo-filled Wells Fargo Center. With the loss, the Flyers fell to 3-8, their worst record in franchise history at this juncture. Kyle Palmieri's tip-in, his second goal of the night, snapped a 2-2 tie with 4 minutes, 9 seconds left. In the third period, the Ducks outscored (2-0)
June 24, 2013 |
The 2013 NHL draft, regarded as one of the best in recent history, is loaded with gifted defensemen with size and speed. In other words, it is tailored to the needs of the Flyers, who could use an influx of young, athletic defenders. When the draft is held next Sunday in Newark, N.J., the Flyers seem to be leaning toward choosing one of those defensemen in the first round with the 11th overall pick. By then, defenseman Seth Jones, who could be expected to be the first overall pick, will be long gone, and it is doubtful defenseman Darnell Nurse - nephew of Donovan McNabb and the son of a former Canadian Football League player - will be available.