February 18, 2009 |
Flyers coach John Stevens tinkered with his lines over the weekend and, surprisingly, the most effective group turned out to be the one with the least experience. That's the line of Claude Giroux centering Scottie Upshall and Darroll Powe. Giroux, a converted winger, and Powe are rookies. Upshall, at 25, is the group's elder statesman. "They showed a lot of jump," Stevens said after yesterday's practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. In two weekend wins, the line combined for seven points and was plus-8.
November 16, 2008 |
The Flyers made the Montreal Canadiens look so inept in the first two?plus periods last night that fans at the Bell Centre booed their hometown team. How Philadelphian of them. The Flyers played perhaps their best game of the five-week-old season, getting strong goaltending from Marty Biron and goals from Scottie Upshall and Jeff Carter as they defeated the powerful Canadiens, 2-1, before an unhappy sellout crowd. The Flyers, now 6-6-4, had been winless (0-4-3) in seven games against teams that took a winning record into last night.
May 28, 2010
RW Arron Asham: Signed as free agent, July 7, 2008. G Johan Backlund: Signed as free agent, March 26, 2009. D Oskars Bartulis: Drafted 2005, third round, 91st overall. C Blair Betts: Signed as free agent, Oct. 1, 2009. G Brian Boucher: Signed as free agent, July 1, 2009. RW Danny Briere: Signed as free agent , July 1, 2007. LW Daniel Carcillo: Traded from Phoenix for Scottie Upshall and a second-round pick in 2011, March 4, 2009.
February 8, 2008 |
Scottie Upshall's miseries on the ice continue. The 24-year-old right winger suffered a sprained lower right ankle Wednesday in the Flyers' 4-3 loss to Washington. He will be sidelined for seven to 10 days, general manager Paul Holmgren said. Upshall's ankle was placed in a cast yesterday, the Flyers said. On Tuesday night in Atlanta, he injured the upper part of the same ankle after colliding with the Thrashers' Jim Slater. Ankle problems have dogged Upshall. He missed five games after spraining the same ankle on Dec. 29 in Tampa.
February 14, 2008 |
After watching the Flyers' defense struggle without the injured Braydon Coburn, general manager Paul Holmgren called up rookie Ryan Parent yesterday. "We want to work him into the team," Holmgren said. What does this say about a team that has lost four straight? "The overall team has to play better," defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. "The desperation level has to be higher than the last four games. We all have to realize us being out of the playoffs is not that far away.
September 18, 2007 |
One game into the exhibition season, the Flyers' new first line showed promise in last night's 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Sovereign Bank Arena. Scottie Upshall scored the game winner. The game offered the first chance to see $52 million center Danny Briere playing with Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble under game conditions. "Whether we score zero goals or seven goals, it doesn't change what we're trying to do, which is build chemistry," Briere said. "That's the goal, not being perfect right off the bat. " The departed Peter Forsberg was a lefthander.
March 19, 2009 |
What do the Flyers have in common with some of the NHL's worst teams? They surrender shots on goal at an alarming rate. The Flyers are allowing an average of 32.4 shots on goal per game. Only four NHL teams - Tampa Bay (33 per game), the New York Islanders (33.1), Atlanta (33.1) and Florida (34.5) - are yielding more shots. If the season ended today, the Flyers are the only team in that group who would qualify for the playoffs. In Tuesday's 3-2 loss in Detroit, the Flyers allowed the Red Wings to skate around them, find open space and launch 48 shots.
April 3, 2009 |
Chad LaRose and Rod Brind'Amour scored 28 seconds apart late in the third period last night, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers, 4-2, for their club-record 10th straight home victory. LaRose finished with two goals, and Eric Staal had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who extended their season-best winning streak to seven while surpassing the nine consecutive home wins they had in 2005-06, when they won the Stanley Cup. They haven't been to the postseason since, but they took another step toward wrapping up a playoff berth, jumping past the idle Flyers and Penguins into fourth place in the East with 93 points.
September 21, 2007 |
Mike Richards was second on the Flyers last season in take-aways with 47 and in total hits with 78. Imagine the defensive numbers he could have accrued had he not missed 23 games because of an abdominal tear and a left-shoulder separation. Now imagine what a healthy, bulked up, and faster Richards likely will bring to the Flyers this season as their checking-line center. "I worked out for four months and feel stronger and quicker," said Richards, who looks bigger than his listing of 5-feet-11, 195 pounds.
March 5, 2009
The Flyers send Scottie Upshall and a second-round pick to Phoenix for Daniel Carcillo. Carcillo is just a thug on the ice with minimal talent. We already have Cote and Asham. Why do we need a third tough guy? I had high hopes for the Giroux, Briere and Upshall line. I thought they could be an exciting line that could cause mismatches with other teams due to their speed and skill. The only thing that makes sense is the Flyers are dumping salary to make another move. The deadline has passed, so it looks like that will not happen.