October 4, 2014 |
Looking back, R.J. Umberger knows exactly when he became more than a man, or maybe less of one. It was Sept. 21, 2011. He signed a five-year, $23 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets that day. Umberger had scored at least 23 goals in each of his previous three seasons, had emerged as a fixture on the team's power-play and penalty-killing units, and presumed he'd be part of Columbus' core with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard for...
July 2, 2014 |
TRY AS HE might, Ron Hextall could not rid the Flyers of any of the numerous onerous contracts bogging down their salary cap. Hextall could not find a taker for center Vinny Lecavalier, despite the fact he gave agent Kent Hughes more than 2 weeks to work out a landing spot. He will be paid a $2 million signing bonus today, which hampered negotiations. Hextall did not budge in buying out winger R.J. Umberger, despite the fact he is the Flyers' second-highest paid forward after Claude Giroux.
July 1, 2014 |
THE NAME of "Mr. Irrelevant," otherwise known as the 210th pick, had not been registered by the Stanley Cup champion Kings even 10 minutes Saturday and Ron Hextall was ready to put his first-ever draft in the rearview mirror. The Flyers have work to do. "First on my agenda right now is to go back to Skate Zone and take a look at our [salary] cap," Hextall said. "We have the hard number now, so we've got to look at it and see where we can try to maneuver. " The Flyers need to do some serious maneuvering just to fill out their roster for the upcoming season, let alone entertain pricey free agents when the signing window opens tomorrow at noon.
June 29, 2014 |
Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo said he came to the Wells Fargo Center countless times while he was living in Sewell as a Flyers fan. He moved to Iowa four years ago, and his goal of playing in the NHL only intensified. So it was fitting that he found out about his professional destination while in the Wells Fargo Center for Friday's first round of the NHL draft. DeAngelo was selected in the first round, 19th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had 15 goals and 56 assists in 51 games for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League this season.
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.
April 24, 2014 |
STEVE MASON surprisingly returned to the Flyers' bench last night, less than 24 hours after completely ruling himself out of Game 3 - even as a backup. Mason stood up periodically to stretch in the tunnel leading to the Flyers' dressing room, in uniform for his first Stanley Cup playoff game since April 23, 2009. The stretching turned out to be useful. Mason was summoned from the bench for the final 7 minutes, 15 seconds last night, once the game was firmly in hand for New York.
April 11, 2014 |
IN THE waning counterculture days of 1979, the movie "North Dallas Forty" warned against the big-money corporatism commandeering pro football. A cast-off wide receiver complains, on his way out, that every time he calls football a game, his bosses call it a business, and every time he calls it a business, they call it a game. Well, it's all business now, and a big one - big enough to cow contemporary Hollywood into producing a puff-piece about the league. It's called "Draft Day," an NFL promotion (barely)
March 11, 2014 |
MICHAEL RAFFL said it Saturday night - and it has become sports cliche. "The point is huge," Raffl said. "Every point is important. " Yet, in the NHL, it is the nightly reality. And the Stanley Cup playoff cut line - the line between making and missing out on millions of dollars in revenue - is razor thin. For the Flyers, who have garnered at least one point in nine of their last 11 games, the playoff picture is becoming more in-focus with each and every game. Their magic number is now in their sights.
February 27, 2014 |
The horn sounded Tuesday afternoon, ending the Sixers' 90-minute practice session and sending the dozen players toward a corner of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine practice court. The players readied to stretch with large green elastic bands when first-year head coach Brett Brown called his team for a huddle. No Wednesday morning practice, Brown told them, just arrive in the late afternoon for that night's game. "We're going to win the game," Brown said. Winning this season has been easier said than done.
February 5, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Seahawks obliterated Peyton Manning and the Broncos Sunday night, partied till dawn, sent Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith off to Disney World to see Mickey and Minnie and the gang, grabbed a couple of hours of shut-eye, then gathered their Lombardi Trophy and flew home to Seattle, where they will be the guests of honor tomorrow at a victory parade in the city. After that? After that, they will start preparing for the 2014 season, of course. "The first meeting that we'll have will be tomorrow," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at yesterday morning's news conference.