February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI - Let's face it, Americans don't usually give much thought to Canadian borders. You flash a smile, and you're through. We're neighbors, eh? Not enemies. But Friday night, in an Olympic hockey semifinal, Canada threw up an impenetrable wall around its net and its national game, defeating the United States, 1-0, in a contest that, depending on your national allegiance, was either wildly entertaining or maddeningly frustrating. "They kept us out of their zone," said New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk, his succinct assessment of the intense 60 minutes as good as any. The only goal came on a Jamie Benn deflection of a point shot early in the second period.
June 14, 2013 |
OVER THE NEXT 2 days, the NHL will hand out its regular-season award winners for this season. Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli, as a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, votes on all of the top awards. Here are his nominees and who he picked, in order: HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (Most valuable player to his team) 1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh 2. John Tavares, N.Y. Islanders 3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago The reason: By the letter of the award, it should probably go to Tavares, since the Islanders didn't have a prayer for the playoffs without him. But the Hart has always been about the league's top player, and it is tough to argue that anyone other than Crosby should win it. He played 12 fewer games than everyone else and finished just four points back of the scoring lead.
May 10, 2013 |
Second in a series THE FLYERS have the NHL's most expensive collection of second- and third-pairing defensemen. That's not a knock - or at least, an intentional one. You see, Kimmo Timonen ($6 million), Braydon Coburn ($4.5 million), Andrej Meszaros ($4 million), Luke Schenn ($3.6 million) and Nick Grossmann ($3.5 million) are all fine players. Most NHL teams would love to add a defenseman of that caliber to their roster this summer. But for the Flyers, five No. 3 defensemen - or worse - does not a contender make.
April 25, 2013 |
Despite playing just one season for the Flyers, Jaromir Jagr, left a indelible impression. The owner of 681 career NHL goals, Jagr is scheduled to play his first game against his former team Tuesday night when the Boston Bruins visit the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Jagr had 19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points in 73 games with the Flyers last season and added a goal and seven assists in 11 playoff games. He signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars in the offseason and was traded to Boston on April 2. So it was no surprise after Boston's morning skate on Tuesday that Jagr drew a crowd of media.
January 20, 2013 |
After a 113-day lockout, months of posturing and legal mumbo-jumbo, and fans being aggravated to the Nth degree, the abbreviated NHL season arrives Saturday. Here are some of the story lines: The Nash factor The New York Rangers have the best goalie on the planet, Henrik Lundqvist, and many feel they have added the missing piece that will bring them their first Stanley Cup since 1994: Rick Nash. If Nash, one of the game's best snipers, can get past the culture shock of going from Columbus to Broadway, he complements a deep lineup (Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik et al)
January 7, 2013 |
WHEN LAST we saw hockey, Simon Gagne nearly dropped the Stanley Cup and Justin Williams brought it to the Jersey shore. It made the interminable lockout even more painful for Flyers fans. After 4 months of posturing and pouting, itching and moaning, and just plain silliness, there will be hockey again. Here's a refresher on what transpired as well as some of the comings and goings since the Kings thumped the Devils to win their first title. Biggest trade The Columbus Blue Jackets sent perennial 30-goal scorer Rick Nash to the Rangers for three players and a first-round pick.
September 10, 2012 |
It's difficult to tell which was more awkward: a rambling Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention or some of the proposals made by NHL owners in negotiations with the players' association. If you're a hockey fan, you probably have half-followed the rhetoric being spewed by the owners' and players' representatives in their crawl to get a new collective-bargaining agreement before the current one expires Saturday. Most fans have one thing in mind: Just tell us when the season starts.
July 26, 2012 |
LAST WEDNESDAY, Paul Holmgren polished off his wooden bat and attempted to hit the Flyers' biggest home run since Eric Lindros. On Tuesday, Holmgren officially swung and missed — through no fault of his own. The Nashville Predators finally decided, after a few days of tense deliberation between their large ownership group, to swallow hard and match the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet for franchise cornerstone defenseman Shea Weber....
July 20, 2012 |
WHEN SHEA WEBER and his traveling party surreptitiously arrived in Philadelphia nearly 2 weeks ago to first discuss the idea of signing an offer sheet with the Flyers, his agent told him to soak in the entire experience. "When you sign a 14-year deal, you need to look around and make sure," agent Jarrett Bousquet told the Daily News. "You need to make sure everything checks out, that it fits your lifestyle, that you want to live in a big city instead of a small town. Everything has to work.
July 5, 2012 |
The Flyers made huge offers, but in the end, those offers fell on deaf ears. Left winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, the prizes in this year's NHL free-agent pool, signed Wednesday with the Minnesota Wild, a team that hasn't made the playoffs in the last four seasons. Parise, a Minnesota native, and Suter each received 13-year deals for $98 million. That's an annual cap hit of $7.54 million each, which is the seventh highest in the NHL. The Flyers are believed to have offered each player a 12-year contract in the $100 million neighborhood.