September 22, 2016 |
Future NHL players will be showcased Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center at the fifth annual All-American Prospects game. The matchup will feature 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL draft. Morrisville's Evan Barratt, Perkiomenville's Josh Maniscalco and Voorhees' Cayden Primeau are among the participants. Primeau's father, Keith, is a former Flyer. Cayden Primeau, who has committed to Northeastern University in 2017, is considered one of the area's premier goalie prospects.
September 12, 2016 |
Playing for a hockey-crazed country, Team Canada has one mission in the forthcoming World Cup. Finishing second is "not even a question," Flyers center Claude Giroux said. In other words, nothing less than a gold medal is acceptable to the players and their fans. Giroux is on a Canada team that is so deep that he is expected to play on the fourth line. And Corey Perry, a six-time 30-goal scorer who had 32 tallies for Anaheim last season, may not even crack the lineup. Oh, Canada.
September 8, 2016 |
When the World Cup of Hockey starts next week, Team North America is not expected to make much of an impact. Only two of the eight teams have worse odds than North America. Flyers center Sean Couturier likes it that way. "There's not a whole lot of pressure on us, but at the same time, I think people may be underestimating us a little," said Couturier in a phone interview before starting practice Monday in Montreal. "I think we have a nice group that can surprise a lot of people.
September 2, 2016 |
About 31/2 months after he underwent surgeries to repair his right hip and an abdominal tear, Flyers captain Claude Giroux said he is back at full strength and ready for the 2016-17 season. "I feel 100 percent," Giroux said Wednesday after a news conference to unveil the Flyers' 50th anniversary jerseys at One Liberty Observation Deck in Center City. "It's been a long road, but I was in good hands with the trainers in Philly, and I also got a lot of help [during rehabilitation] in Ottawa and right now I feel really good.
May 27, 2016 |
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere seem connected. Both had outstanding chemistry on the Flyers' top power-play unit this season, and both recently underwent hip and abdominal surgeries on the same day. And both could be added to their respective World Cup of Hockey teams this week. The 23-man rosters must be finalized by Friday. The eight-team, two-week tournament will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct 1. Each team will carry 20 skaters and three goalies. Teams announced their first 16 roster selections in March.
May 5, 2016 |
At the top of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's summer to-do list: upgrading an offense that struggled this season, especially in the playoffs. Truth is, the Flyers could use two new scorers, but that will happen only if Hextall can make a trade because, as it stands, cap restraints will probably allow him to add only one free-agent forward. During the regular season, the Flyers averaged 2.57 goals per game, 22nd in the NHL. In the six-game playoff series against Washington, they managed a total of six goals - and one was an empty-netter, and another was a shot that was going wide but deflected into the net off a Capitals defenseman.
April 30, 2016 |
Reviewing the Flyers' 2015-16 season, one that included lots of grit, lots of good moments, and, sadly, the death of the man most responsible for the franchise's birth, Ed Snider. Best moments. An emotional Lauren Hart, holding a phone, sang "God Bless America" to the sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd while FaceTiming an ailing Snider in California on April 9. The Flyers then beat the hated Penguins, 3-1, to clinch a playoff spot on the next-to-last day of the regular season.
April 29, 2016 |
As a young goaltender, Ron Hextall had little patience and zero tolerance. He arrived in the NHL at the age of 22 believing he was good enough to lead the Flyers to a Stanley Cup title as a rookie, and he darn near was. And God help you if you skated a little too close to his crease. With his 52nd birthday just a few days away and his second season as the Flyers general manager just a few days behind him, Hextall is far more under control and most definitely in command of the direction the Flyers are headed.
April 28, 2016 |
Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had a career year, but next season already has started off on the wrong skate. Schenn was suspended for three games at the start of next season for charging into Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 on Sunday, the NHL announced Tuesday. The 1-0 playoff loss ended the Flyers' season. "I know they were obviously watching me close in that series," said Schenn, who got away with a cross-check to the back of Evgeny Kuznetsov's leg in Game 4. "To be honest, I didn't even know I hit Oshie in the head.
April 27, 2016 |
When you score a total of five goals, excluding an empty-netter, in a six-game playoff series, you don't need to be Scotty Bowman to assess the Flyers' biggest off-season needs. Here's a look at the team and its wish list heading into next season: Center The Flyers need more scoring here. Put free-agent Steven Stamkos on the Orange and Black, and they would be golden down the middle. But that is probably a pipe dream. David Backes, who can play center or wing but has a bit of mileage on him, is an interesting 6-foot-3, 221-pound free agent who would bump Sean Couturier down to the third line and give the Flyers a quality top three of Claude Giroux, Backes and Couturier.